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Commuter Novice Requires Bike Purchase Advice

petedlnpetedln Posts: 9
edited February 2017 in Commuting general
Good day, I was wondering if I could pick the brains of a few biking experts out there regarding purchasing a bike for my daily commute. I am not a biker and have to admit that I don't really enjoy riding the bike (I dread it), but I have been taking my father-in-law's bike to work for the last four months and I have to admit I am feeling the health benefits. With that in mind I have decided to purchase a bike of my own for when I have to give my father-in-law's bike back at the end of Winter.

The bike I am currently using is a Centurion Crossline Race 2000. I realise that this bike costs over a thousand pounds and I was hopefully looking to go WAY cheaper than that. Apart from the commute I will not be using the bike for anything else. The ride is completely uphill on the way including two really steep hills and the terrain is all tarmac, although there are some areas that are not well maintained. I believe the bike I am on at the moment is classified as a Trekking bike? Though I am not certain. But that seems to do the job. I really don't want to get a racing bike kind of bike... when I was younger it was either a mountain bike or racing bike so I am not really clued up on the options...

The key things I am looking for are cheap, as light as possible (I have to carry it up a flight of stairs two times a day), with as low a gear as possible for the two big hills and with an adjustable saddle AND handlebars. For all the cost of the bike I am currently using the handlebars can't be raised (I am nearly two metres tall)! So I either have to ride with the saddle really low or I get bad back pain from leaning down too far to reach the handlebars. Everything else, suspension, on board computers, fancy brakes; I am really not that fussed about.

Anyway, sorry for rambling on but if anyone could point me in the direction of some bikes that tick these boxes then I would really appreciate it.

Thanks!

Pete.

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