Looking for advice on a first bike for short recreation/communte.
Hey everyone! I've been trying to research bikes and figured I had enough info now to try and ask some of the experts some of my nagging questions.
Basically I'm looking to start riding. I live in the middle of nowhere (this also makes it hard to check out the bike shop because they are an hour away). the roads I'm going to be on are "ok", but have lots of potholes, uneven patches and are quite hilly. The travel distance I'm looking at is maybe 5 miles each way but I'm probably going to start out alot less than that.
I've been looking for a cheap bike I could grab to basically just see if riding is something I would enjoy. I don't really want a super cheap bike for $80 from walmart, and I'd love to get a higher end used bike but there's almost nothing on the craigslist by me or in the newspaper.
I've been eye'ing the Forge Saranac
and some other bikes in that price range.
So my question:
Would the wider tires on that bike make an appreciable difference vs 700 tires I see on most road bikes on the type of terrain I'll be on?
5' 7" / 135lbs
1-2 days a week plan to ride