I have a long commute- 50 miles round trip. The good thing is that it is usually only twice a week so it is actually not as bad as it sounds. I currently have a Trek Soho S with a flip-flop hub w/ a freewheel on one side and fixed on the other. I have been using the Soho S as a commuter. Lately, I've begun feeling that my current bike isn't really the best option for such riding. I was looking to pick up a road bike and the one that is looking most attractive to me right now is the Felt F95.
The only issue is that I'm starting to have doubts about how appropriate a bike like the Felt would be for commuting. This was probably set off by the fact that the Felt looks so 'race-y', and kind of fragile to be quite honest. Would a road bike handle my kind of riding with curb hops, heavy loads, and bad streets? I'm open to other suggestions for a bike- I would like to keep it at about the price range of the Felt- which is about $800 because I wouldn't feel comfortable locking up a bike that is more expensive than that. Or if some people think I should just stick to what I have- I'm open to that opinion as well.