new hybrid advice please
Am starting a new job in a rural location soon and have decided to commute. I really want to get the right bike that will last and have about £300-500 to spend.
The ride one way is about 7.5 km on paved cycle trail and road, and 1.5 on a bridleway of a mixture of dirt, grit and deep gravel. I'd like the bike for city use too.
My questions for those kind enough to donate some advice, considering the distance and terrain are:
1. Hybrid or tourer/trekker ?
2. Rigid forks or suspension (with the option of lockout) ?
3. Tire gauge ?
4. Brake type ?
Many thanks in advance and looking forward to your replies...