I have this crazy idea that I want to keep commuting this winter. Not that I'm looking forward to see the snow fly here in Iowa which can be pretty brutal at times but I am looking forward to this new challenge.
The problem is my friends don't think that bike #3, an Electra Townie 21D, is the bike for the task at hand. They seem to think a MTB is a better choice for this type of riding.
So with that I've been eyeing CL for possible candidates but since I'm not the smartest as far what brands to look at/for I thought I would ask here what others think. I'm not looking for the best of the best but I do want something that will be reliable and take the abuse it will be getting from the weather.
The bikes in no order...
Thoughts on which of these bikes (the MTB and the Townie) would be best bike for what I'm wanting to do?
Thanks for any and all input.
Edit: I should add that both are a size 18. I ride a 56 road bike. I'm 6' with a 33" inseam. Is this the size MTB I should be looking at for my size?