Three years ago I purchased a rigid frame mountain bike to lose weight, the cruiser bikes I have were not cutting it. I'm now riding between 50 to 70 miles a week and want to increase the milage. When I started this little adventure, my weight was close to 270, now I'm down to 244 at 5'10".
Anyway, I ride mostly on paved road, some dirt roads, and have been thinking about getting a road bike. After doing some research, I have narrowed it down to a cyclocross type bike. Here are the three I'm looking at, all steel frame. The first is the, GT Corsa Disc Brake Road Bike. This one just looks heavy duty, but I can't find any reviews on it, only media hype. The second, the Raleigh Roper. Good looking bike, but the rear stays don't look like they will stand the test of time, that's just my uneducated opinion. The third, is the Surly Cross Check. Like I said all of these are steal framed, that is why I chose them.
So I'm looking for input on these choices from people that have more experience and knowledge then I. Not looking to race or compete, just ride longer and farther.