I'm looking for a bike that will provide the following:
Regular, daily 20 mile commutes 1/2 of which are on gravel, the other 1/2 on rough paved county roads.
Flexibility to expand with longer treks 100 miles plus.
speed and comfort - No racing, but I'd like to move when desired.
Can break down for easy storage induring winter months with limited space requirement.
Can accept fenders and bags.
A trouble free (not too finicky) mechanical system that is LOW maintenance and durable.
A bike that has a great reputation and will provide years of trouble free service to its 41 year old owner.
I'll ride 6-8 months out of the year, primarily to work and back (20 miles - gravel/pavement mix) but want to expand my horizons to short 3-5 day trips.