The journey would be from Heidelberg to the CBD - still not sure on the route (Yarra trail vs roads).
As this would be my primary commuting method I would like to ride in all weather, and to that end I have seen suggestions of Disc brakes and an internally geared hub being beneficial.
I am looking for effeciency primarily, I have commuted on a bike before and I know that I can't do "sedate" riding. Most of my riding experience has been on a mountain bike, either on streets or firetrails/singletrack.
I have been looking amongst the cyclocross vs tourer vs flat bar threads and have gleaned the following:
- I want mudguards.
- I want a luggage rack/panniers - I tend to sweat when I ride hard, and this would not be helped by a backpack.
- I want good lights as I don't plan on taking a break in winter.
One of the shops I went to ruled out drop bars for me based on me mentioning I have minor back trouble - this is primarily occupationally exacerbated lower back pain, and nothing major.
So, drop bars vs flat bars?
Slick wheeled tourer or cyclocross machine?
Clip-ins or sneakers?