I'm a 5'6" Sophomore college student, looking to buy a beginner bicycle just to get around campus to and from classes. My campus is generally flat and there is never snow on the ground.
What should I buy? I've never ridden a bike before in my life by the way, so I'd need to learn it.
>never ridden a bike
>needs to learn
This should fit you just fine, OP
Former rigid 90s MTB slickster here, can confirm
When you got gud you can get a cross bike with disc and fenders and a rack for all purpose fast transport. Just don't get memed into a ''''touring''' bike with ''''relaxed'''' geometry and cantis and barcons, you are not Fred Birchmore and your college town is not the fucking Sahara desert.
There is nothing wrong with a touring bike. They're not slower than CX bikes, and they're not that much more relaxed. The big plus with touring bikes is long chainstays for pannier clearance. As long as you don't pay out the nose for a Surly, or a piece of shit with barcons, a touring frame is slightly more ideal for commuting than a CX.
Overhyped by retrogrouches. Their only advantage is they can run friction mode, and some can't, they're actually more fragile than STIs, despite being simpler due to their location and construction. Retrogrouches don't seem to understand the current crop of barcons are mostly made for aerobars.
>Their only advantage is they can run friction mode
I'd say their main advantage is cross-compatibility. Hacking STI to make them compatible with MTB components and achieve low gears is a pain in the ass.
And you're retarded, what's your point? A touring bike would actually be faster than a CX bike because a CX bike would come with semi-knobbies, and a touring bike would come with semi-slicks.