I love my Trek Madone 3.1, and ride it 98% of the time. When I go on vacation to the beach, or some other locations, I take My Gary Fisher Mtn. bike. I have the GF set up as close to my Madone that was fitted as possible. It has road tires on it.
The problem is, the straight handlebars are killing me on long rides. My hands and arms are numb. I really miss the drops. But I need the larger tire size for the terrain I ride on (rough asphalt, cracked buckling bike paths).
I want a bike as CLOSE to my Madone styling as possible, with bigger tires. I also really want taller gearing than what is on the GF.
At the beach, I do much longer rides compared to my daily rides here at home.
The Madone has 700x23c tires. I'm looking at the Trek Ion CX, that has 700x38c. Is this going to give me a wider tire?
Also, the Madone has:
Crank - SRAM S350, 50/34 (compact)
Cassette - Shimano Tiagra 12-30, 10 speed
The Ion has:
Crank - SRAM Apex, 46/38
Cassette - SRAM PG-1050 11-32, 10 speed
So the gearing is going to be different.
My LBS has Trek and Specialized, so would like to stick with one of those brands. I like to shop local.
Any help is appreciated.