I am shopping for a new bike which I will use for a daily commute in Iowa City, and I am looking for suggestions.
I'm basically starting from scratch, and don't know a ton about bikes. Previously living in Portland I'd gotten away with whatever decent road bikes I found on Craigslist and just sort of got by. I'd like to step it up a bit.
My biggest concern is that I need a bike that will be able to handle commuting in the winter, which could mean icy or snowy roads. So I'm thinking your standard road bike may not be ideal for this, and am wondering if a mountain or hybrid might be a better option. I'd like to limit myself to just one bike, so I'm hoping to not purchase a summer bike and a snow bike.
Speed is not a huge deal - I'm more looking for comfort and reliability. My daily commute will only be a couple miles each way, but I will need to do longer trips as well. The bike must be able to support a rack that I can attach some panniers to and be available in an 18-19" frame (mountain) or 22" (road).
Obviously I'd like to keep the price reasonable but am willing to pay for something that is worth the price. I'd like to not spend more than $1,000 though if possible.
I've been kind of looking at a Jamis Commuter,
but like I said, I don't know a ton and the information out there is overwhelming.
I'm looking for specific bike suggestions or general advice about what I should look for when choosing a bike that will fit my specific needs.