Hi I am moving to Portland Oregon and am in need of a simple, reliable, yet fun bike to ride. I do not like cruiser/comfort type bikes. I like traditional road bike geometry, but like to sit up-right. I would also like to add fenders, racks, and eventually panniers. My budget is $300-400, but less is better. I will be using this bike for everything: getting around town, recreation, commuting to school, and fitness. I've come across two bikes that I feel may fit my needs, but they are very similar in price. If anyone has any input on these two bikes, and how they compare to each other, it would be greatly appreciated.
Schwinn Cutter: $300
Bike Gallery Workhorse: $370
My current ride is a bike I built 100% from parts found in the trash, so I think I deserve a new bike that I will enjoy. Here she is:
OTHER bikes I should be looking into in this price range would be helpful as well! Thanks