I'm just retiring my old roadie and looking to buy a new bike, and am torn on what kind to buy.
I cycle 34 miles per day on my commute, down roads and canal towpaths (which are bumpy and have on several occasions wrecked the wheels on my roadie). I also like going out on long leisure rides. For that reason, my initial thought was that I should get a touring bike, which would be able to handle the potholes I encounter daily.
The other problem I have though is that I have no proper outdoor space to clean the bike, and this has caused many issues with my roadie (which doesn't have mudguards), which got super gummed up. I have taken it up on the roof through a window to clean in the past, but its a bit of a pain. I really like the idea of an internally geared hub, but I can't find any touring bikes within my budget (£1000) with one. I did find the boardman URB 8.9, which looks really nice, but I'm not sure if flat bars are going to be a problem on longer rides.
I really don't know what to do, please help me!