Last week I finished my longest one day ride--60 miles in 5:45 with several breaks on my 10 year old Trek 820. It felt great. Last year I rode 100 miles over two days without difficulty. Tomorrow, knowing that I'm capable of finishing, I'm shooting for a sub-five hour time over 60 miles.
I'm 6'2" 260 lbs. and looking for a lighter bike. I'm going to be riding on two charity rides this year--a century in June, and a 150 mile event over two days in August.
I've considered a recumbent, but I feel that I'll get more bike for my money by going with a diamond frame road bike. I was leaning toward a Cannondale Synapse or a Specialized Roubaix. My riding is primarily on smooth trails so I don't think that the aluminum will beat me up. My budget for my first road bike is $1000. This first road bike will also allow me to see what I like and don't like in a bike before shelling out $4000-5000.
Thanks in advance for the advice.