I am thinking of buying a bike for commuting and maybe leisure use in order to save money but more importantly get fit.
The commute is about 10 miles a day on 'conventional' roads.
Can any of you advise what to look for and what to avoid?
I have an Argos store card I am tempted to use to avoid the cash layout if nothing else and have set a nominal budget of £100 but that is not written in stone but it does not need to be top of the range but should be relatively light and comfortable.
It may be old fashioned but I don't like the idea of having the rear wheel spray mud and water up my backside so maybe mudguards might be useful?
I am looking at either a Hybrid or a Mountain bike.
My initial research suggest I should go for Shimano gears, handlebar gear change (twist grip), V brakes (maybe discs if not expensive) and brand names for shifters and rear derailleur, ie, Sunrun, Shimano, Revoshift, etc but if anybody knows of a budget setup with 'lesser' kit that does the job let me know
Any ideas, opinions?