The boss/wife has given permission for N+1 commuter bike now I am changing jobs. I believe this is to stave off the expensive carbon racer I've been working on getting over the last year or so. I currently have a GT Grade (great) but am turning it into a more 'adventury' SRAM 1x set up. Hence new commuter.
I was thinking about hub gearing, possibly with a belt drive, to reduce cleaning/maintenance time. Can anyone make any recommendations - should I avoid hub gears or embrace them?
Commute is about 5 miles to train station, then 1 mile the other end. No hills to speak of on way to work and being sweaty on way home is not a problem (for me). Needs mudguards and option to take pannier. Not looking for super pacey, but rather not a dutch style-look. May take it on the train or will just walk at other end, not decided yet.
Current options include Genesis Day One 20, Focus Planet Lite 8G, Kalkhoff Endeavour, or Cube Town Pro Comfort. Prefer the Genesis or the Focus though.
Will be using CTW, but would prefer to spend sub-£800.
Any advice gratefully received, and I await your wisdom