Year ago October I had a bug up my butt and purchased a Trek Pilot 2.1 roadbike. My justification then was for fitness and possibly starting to do duathalons for I was doing 10k running races and wanted to try something different. Spring of 2007 came along and I found myself commuting to work part way by biking. I would rack the bike and drive to a co-worker's house who lived on a decent bike route 10 miles from work. The route consisted of residential streets, bike lanes, and bike paths. I was riding in the rain and what not, dodging pot holes and going over railroad tracks, needless to say I was getting a little beat up on my road bike, but when the road was smooth and straight, I was moving. So as I reflect back to why I originally bought a roadbike and what I was actually biking, I find myself wondering if maybe I should craiglist my roadbike and get something more appropriate.
I am asking the forum if any of you experienced something similiar and can offer thier experiences. If I were to get a different bike I would want something that can handle commuting better but I dont want to lose all the performance I enjoyed with my road bike. I would also like something that can handle gravel bike trails. I dont know if such a bike exists, just thought I would ask.
thanks for your time