So I might be going to work in Hamburg a for a couple of years. I would like to buy a bike in the UK and ride it around for a few months as opposed to buying it when I'm in Germany. (I can get it shipped over there with the rest of my belongings)
The new bike would be intended for commuting around areas of dock/port (windy), in and amongst some heavy traffic areas. Not sure what the terrrain/hills are like there but I want a bike that will get me to work in under 40 minutes with ability to hold laptop and me against headwinds.
Having a look around I am unashamedly a 'shallow' bike enthusiast, enjoying a bike not only for practical purposes but the aesthetics too.
Which is the best and why? (looking beyond how attractive the bike is) I like the internal gear hubs and the mixte shape (semi-upright) of both but would be extremely grateful if you could all shed light on questions such as ' is 5 or 7 gears better', 'is the lightest bike the best', 'are they reputable bike manufacturers', 'which frame is sturdiest', what problems might I face with each'? Of course, it's a non-exhaustive list of questions.
Quite importantly, I don't actually intend to fork out £900 for a bike but I want to get an idea of which of the two is better and which qualities can I live without if I went for a bike that costs less but still possesses some of the features of a higher-end bike.
Beautiful Bike 1: http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...FanItAodTAUA3g
Beautiful Bike 2:http://www.evanscycles.com/products/...-bike-ec033648
Thanks kids, Katy xx