I have a couple of questions that I need some input on.
First, I have been back into riding again since July on a Trek 7.5 FX. It's a nice bike and OK to ride, but after riding more than 20 miles or so, I find that it gets uncomfortable. I only have one real hand position. Also, It feels like I should either be bent over closer to the handle bars or sitting more upright. It feels like it is OK to ride for short periods of time, but not for long trips. Do you think I would be happier on a road bike? Also, is a road bike that much faster than a hybrid?
Second, if I do buy a road bike, do you think I should buy new or used? I like to work on things and tinker. I wouldn't have any problem taking a used bike, tearing it down, and rebuilding it. I think I would actually enjoy it and learn a lot from it too. Money is also a factor too and I know that I would get more bang for my buck buying used since someone else already took that initial hit from depreciation. Either way, I would need to keep it under $1000 total.
Thanks for the input.