Has anyone had any good experiences with a road bike that can take a couple of paniers? I want something as speedy as I can find without destroying it with the load (suit + hairdryer + shoes etc. - it's quite heavy). My bike shop recommended the Specialized Tricross Comp 2009 (or the 2010 model when it becomes available). Still a little clunky for my liking and the reviews on brakes aren't good.
My commute is 15 miles/day and the roads are pretty clean. There is a small amount of curb traversing and I cycle in the rain and ice. The bike lives outdoors all year.
Comments or suggestions all very gratefully received.