I am starting to ride a lot. I am planning on buying a new bike at the end of the season for next year. I would like to spend around 800.00. I am of course attracted to the sexy race bikes, but I doubt I will ever race. I will be doing quick after work 15-20 milers a along the river couple of times a week with a longer 30-50 mile rides on the weekend. I would like to do longer rides. On my mid 80's raliegh I am averaging about 15-16 mph for the whole trip, but tend to ride along at about 18mph. I would like to start commuting to work on Friday's (about 7 miles, but through the heart of downtown Minneapolis)
What is the difference in a race bike and a touring bike? (this is my biggest question)
Do my riding habits lean one way or another?
Are either of these bikes a better value at the $800 range?
Given my description, Is there an obvious bike choice?
I have a feeling that if I like my technium with it's downtube suntour shifting, a newer bike will be a dream. Especially with the shifting. I've never test rode a new one because i don't want to add fuel to the new bike fever.