I'm a total amateur when it comes to biking. I am looking for an affordable do-it-all bike.
I need a bike to commute to work on that I can strip down to take part in amateur triathlons (emphasis on the amateur) and I am planning a tour of just over 500km through Holland and Belgium so I need to be able to put carry everything we need (tent etc) and cycle on dirt tracks but have little drag when on road.
Also I am tall (6'6" - that's 2m in metric and means I have a 38" inner leg) so I need a frame that is big enough for me but as my fist child is due soon I have to be careful with money. My work has a cycle-2-work scheme that I plan to take advantage of.
Someone recommended the Merida Speeder T1 or T2 but I can't see one with a big enough frame.
What recommendations are there for an affordable do-it-all bike that would fit me?
thanks in advance for your input.