efficient commuting bike?
currently I ride a 2006 roubaix, but I just had my car either crack the head or blow a head gasket, and it's really old, so I am thinking about commuting. Work is only 1.5 miles away, and the grocer maybe 3 miles.
I'm looking for something that feels like a road bike but will handle the fatter tires (32mm I guess?), can accomodate panniers, and doesn't cost too much.. oh, say I want to keep it under 700. I read that people recommend the surly crosscheck, but that starts at 800 before panniers or fenders! I don't want to have to feel worried that someone will want to steal my bike, and don't want the price to make me think twice about just not replacing the engine in the overheating car (a 1994 civic). I have a mountain bike that I could outfit for commuting, but I gravitate strongly towards the roadie riding position.
Thank you for any advice!!