Need Bicycle Recommendations

I need a commuter bike.  Any recommendations or bike buying
strategies?  My needs include:

  • Sub $1,000 (new)
  • Somewhat comfortable
  • Excellent hill climbing gears
  • Excellent brakes.
  • All weather (Redmond is wet)
  • On road mainly, but some gravel or packed dirt trail

In preparation for purchasing a more family friendly vehicle,
I recently sold my truck and in the meantime, (blush), have been
riding my wife’s 80’s era 12-speed to work. It’s called a Miyata Nimbus, if you
can believe it?  I only live 3 miles from work but the morning
approach is a long, grueling hill climb from downtown Redmond to Microsoft Main
Campus.  Any and all suggestions will be greatly appreciated. 
Donations doubly so 🙂

Comments (6)

  1. Phil Weber says:

    Korby: I recommend the Trek 520: . SRP is slightly above your target price, but you may be able to find a used or prior-year closeout at a discount. Touring bikes like the 520 are ideal for commuting for precisely the reasons you mention: excellent braking and hill-climbing.

  2. Must be serendipity. I ride up [a bike trail on the side of] state highway 520 to get to work. I will definitely check it out. Thanks for the advice!

  3. Peter Carozza says:


    I am looking to get into bicycling for exercise since my knees can no longer take the punding of running. I am looking for a durable road bike. I weigh 240lbs and would like something that is sturdy for someone my size. My limit is 350 dollars


  4. Jacob says:

    I am looking for a dirtjumping bike. I would like disks, front shocks and a couple of gears. My limit is $1000. Something like the 06 kona shred would be nice but if you know something better for the value please tell me. Thanks