I'm seriously thinking of getting rid of my old road bike (the one with the panniers pictured below) and upgrading to a modestly priced cyclocross bike (like a Jamis Nova). My Raleigh doesn't have room for fenders, although I bought some SKS race blades and I'll try them this week (if I can get them attached). I can't fit a tire larger than 700x25 (fork and brake clearance) and I feel EVERY bump and pothole. So for those of you who commute on cyclocross bikes (or I might consider a touring bike), is the comfort and convenience worth the expense? Anyone have any other suggestions? No mtn bikes - I want drop handlebars.