I have been riding my Diamond Back mountain bike for the past 3 months and it has been fine, especially after getting rid of the front suspension forks and switching to 26x1.5 road tires. I have lost 40 lbs. and built up to 10 to 15 miles a day, longest ride was Monday. I went for 40 on my 40th birthday and made it, actually did 62 miles. The time has come for a better road bike.
(I feel pretty good after the long ride except my butt. I may be on the Disabled List for a few days. I think I might invest in some padded shorts before my next adventure. Brooks B-17 has been real nice, but I think 62 miles was just too much without extra padding)
I ordered the black Surly Cross Check and will be equipping it with a full arsenal of Shimano Dura Ace components. I'm planning on using either Shimano or Campy brifters, not sure yet. I'm also going for a Ritchie Adjustable Stem to allow me a little more freedom with handlebar position. It should make for a pretty sweet ride.
What brakes would you guys recomend? Rivendell now has some nice long reach calipers, but that would leave the lugs open and useless on the Surly front fork. I was kinda looking at getting some really nice V brakes.