Need help finding a utility bike...
Hi, everyone. I'm new here and new to cycling. Currently, though, I don't have a bicycle, and that's my biggest problem. I don't know where to go or what to buy. Hopefully, that's where you come in. I need someone to steer me in the right direction.
Where I live and work, a lot of the roads are in poor condition. There are gargantuan potholes, cracks and speed bumps everywhere. Beside that, I spend a lot of time on dirt and gravel roads, and it's not uncommon that I need to travel through nearby forests. So, I need something that can stand up to adverse terrain. And I'm definitely not in this for recreational purposes, not that cycling isn't fun regardless. I'll need to be able to carry heavy loads without the use of a trailer. Another important thing is that I won't be using this on every odd weekend. The last thing I need is to get something designed to be ridden on an infrequent basis. I'll be riding on most days for long periods of time.
Of course, what's more important to me than anything else to me is simplicity. I need something I can maintain and make basic repairs on by myself. So, I'd prefer something with only a single speed, no extra gears or shifters and no fancy suspension system. I know this will make for a significantly less comfortable ride, but I'm more than willing to make that sacrifice. Self sufficiency and rugged simplicity are more important to me than comfort.
So, any suggestions? Will I have to order most of the parts individually and assemble my own custom bike? If so, what parts am I looking for and where do I get them? If that's not necessary, is there someplace I can go to order a full assembled bike that already suits my purpose?