Hello everyone, first post on the board.
Very quick background, I'm 6ft & 235lbs, I need to drop back down to 180-190 range, i'm feeling like i'm not going to be able to enjoy life with my new baby. So I dusted off the mountain bike and hit the trails. I quickly discovered how horrible that cheap "Iron Horse" is. It was pretty discouraging to ride. So long story short I test drove a CAADX and fell in love with it. The MTB is like pedaling a tank up a hill.
I mostly ride on the paved paths of the DC area and some roads as i've decide to live car free. I need a bike that can climb hills easily, that i can do a 12-15mile commute once a week and that I can install next spring one of the kid chariot things. I thought a cyclocross bike may be what I need since I can also swap the wheel set for skinnier ones as i gain condition/loose weight and be able to ride with some of my road bike friends.
SO, i'm about to pull the trigger on a CAADX 105, i found one in my size (56)
I'm a little scared to do it since I've only tested CAADX. It does feel great but maybe i'm missing out on something else? The main problems are that LBS apparently aren't carrying CX bikes because "we're not in season or we just don't carry that many". So i haven't been able to compare. I also don't know what other bike to research to see if I can start calling other stores.
Thoughts? and thanks to everyone for sharing in this forum, you've been an inspiration to get off my ass.