but now I'm moving to Morristown, NJ. If anyone knows the area and any tips I'd greatly appreciate it.
My budget is around $600. Checked out a shop and the kid shows me a Specialized Crossroads XC Elite. Nice bike I think, not what I'm used to. Seat hurts like hell, good news though, the other seat I try is way cheaper and will reduce the cost of the bike.
I haven't shopped for a bike in years. I used to ride a mountain bike around Washington DC all the time. The way I picture myself riding in Morristown is the same as I did in DC. In the street, on the sidewalk, through grass, through dirt, and hey, if I can find some sort of trail shortcut, I'm taking it. NJ drivers are probably some of the rudest in the US. I know, I used to be one.
My question is, is the '05 Specialized Crossroads XC Elite a decent bike for commuting in a small city of about 15,000?
wikipedia link...hehe http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morristown%2C_New_Jersey
When riding in DC, I used to go down stairs, hop curbs, ride on dirt etc all the time. I need a good road bike with the versitility to handle some harder riding, and perhaps if I put some big fat tires on there, some fun trail riding in the surrounding wilderness.
Sorry for the long first post, I've been reading a lot here and everyone is so helpful. I'll be depending on this bike to get to work, and I see myself riding the NJ transit line to Hoboken, Manhattan, or wherever I feel like exploring on my day off.
Oh, I'd be getting the 2005 Specialized Crossroads XC Elite for less than 599. Since the MSRP is around 700, should I go for it, or is this thing just a horrendous bike? I know nothing, but I'm picking a lot up everyday.