My criteria for a commuting bike is simple.
1. Low Maintenance - as it is generally the bike you ride everyday.
2. Fun to ride - as it is generally the bike you ride everyday.
3. Not too fancy - you don't want something that is going to tempt the thieves.
I have been using the same bike for commuting to and from work for the last 15 years, so I thought it was high time for a change!
My Cannondale F700 is still looking good and a great fun bike to commute on everyday. It has been though a number of incarnations from the original 8 speed grip shift mountain bike to it's current single speed with slicks variation.
Amazingly the original headshock suspension system is still going strong with almost zero maintenance over the last 15 years.
Late one night while nursing my daughter with an ear ache I was browsing bikeexchange.com.au and could not pass up a 2013 Kona Unit on sale.
After some modifications it is now ready to take over the reigns as my day to day commuter.
Some other future improvements include some tubeless rims as the stock hoops are just way too heavy.