Looking to buy cheap non-flashy utility/commuter bike (able to take at least 2 40L ortliebs), front rack would be nice, and be able to use as a road bike unloaded. Looking to spend $200 for the bike at most (before racks). Seeking a traditional road frame for the utility bike
I have a touring bike as my only bike right now and want something cheaper I don't have to worry about when leaving it places in town. (Motivation)
What are 2 or 3 things I should look for in a bike when searching used classifieds for bikes?
-Can I get everything I want into one bike or should I be looking for two bikes at slightly lower pricepoints?
Can I put a rear rack on any steel bike? Do I need eyelets to handle heavier loads?
Any Models of bikes that are particularly good?
Sample bike I am looking at:
Thanks in advance,