I'm not sure what I can say that others have not already posted, but I wanted to ask the question in my own way. I would like to have a bike that can go just as fast and has the performance of a road bike, but durability. Also, I would like to have something that was cool looking as well. I'll be using this bike for commuting, and fitness riding (one of the reasons I want a "road" bike). The commuting I'll be doing will just be with a back pack etc, nothing too involved. At the same time I'm a little afraid that a road bike isn't as manuverable as a different style, maybe because I haven't ridden them much in the past. Does anyone have success in negotiating obstacles, like the streets of NY, with a road bike. I have my eye on the Specialized Allez Elite Double, but didn't know if I need something like the Cannondale Bad Boy Ultra.
I know those are totally different bikes, but you see my dilemma. Also, I know the drop handle bars offer a lot of benefits for changing hand positions, and a more aerodynamic positioning. As well as feeling "on top" of the bike. Like I said, I want fitness and speed, but manuverability and a good look. Any suggestions? Oh yeah, I'm a newbie if you couldn't tell .