So, I haven't ridden a bike since I was ~14. I'm gonna be starting college in Chicago, and I need a solid bike that will last me through the summer and the winter (possibly/probably). My size is 58cm and I weigh ~180 lbs, and my friend recommended I get a fixed gear because that is the most ideal for a commuter.
Problem is, I have tons of student debt to handle, and If I could get a bike for less than 400, that would be even better.
I've been looking at CL, but the used bike people are either too greedy or too shady, so I've come to the conclusion that I need a new bike.
I've lurked on here for a while, and I've checked BD.
I tried to get a windsor clockwork, unfortunately they're out of stock in my size, actually, there's absolutely no windsor bikes at all in my size.
I'm not in a hurry to get a bike, but I do need to have one by August 24th.
A lot of people seem to be fans of the Kilo TT, but they also recommend upgrading it. I've read similar things about the gravity swift 2. I've also read a few things about the Dawes SST and the SE premium brew...which of these bikes can I buy without having to swap anything? Or if you gurus know about some other really good brand in this budget, PLEASE HELPPPPP
I want a bike that will last me the next 4+ years
2 things you should know about me:
1) I'm broke. 400 is already breaking the bank.
2) I'm not a mechanic, I barely trust myself inflating tires, let alone swapping/upgrading components.