I debated between sticking to my Hybrid and getting a Specialized Roubaix lately.. Your answers were very to the point. A road bike will not make me go faster.
In my defense, it was some sort of "motivation" for me to start cycling, and I was not happy with the way my hybrid behaved; a lot of roll resistance, heavy, not rigid etc.
I've never ridden a road bike before and actually I was very concerned about the riding position, therefore, I limited my options to endurance type road bike with more upright geometry..
After test-riding the Secteur, Roubaix, Cannondale Synapse, I found the Roubaix the most comfortable.. Being 6'2" and 250lbs, I got a 58cm frame - Sport SL4 version with Shimano 105 gearset.
I picked up the bike in NYC, bicycle habitat (not a big fan but they were the only place to have the 58cm in stock, within 100 mile radius)..
So, $2,123 later, I was on my new bike.
My commute from downtown NYC to NJ thru the bridge is 14 miles each way. So I got the bike, rode it home and it was a breeze! HUGE difference from my hybrid, much responsive, comfortable and fast!
Until I got home, slept, got up next morning and got on the very same bike again.. OMG. My sit bones were rotten. I couldn't sit on the saddle. My lower back was all locked up, could not bend forward.. I was in pain.
I took the car instead, gave it one day rest, and got on the bike again. Still some pain, but nothing major... And, finally, yesterday I rode it again for another 15 miles, I think my buttocks finally got used to it.. No padded shorts, riding in regular long training pants, ABSOLUTELY NO BUTT PAIN. and absolutely no lower back pain.
I did some reading and found out about stretching the hamstrings, but yeah. I think I did my fastest time ever, riding back home.. There's a steep hill right after the bike path to connect to the bridge (181st st, for NYC people) and I always walked my bike up that hill... Yesterday, I put my bike in the easiest gear and I COULD CLIMB THE WHOLE THING WITHOUT STOPPING!! I was wiped out at the end, panting, but I could pull it off!
I'm so happy, very motivated and dedicated. I love my new bike and can't wait to ride it more often.. I'm watching what I eat as well and I definitely feel awesome!
Just wanted to share.. A bike is a bike, but it was a huge motivation for me!