Hi - long time lurker here. I began biking @ 6 yrs ago in an effort to get in shape. I bought a Raleigh M20 hardtail MTB at that time and have ridden it in a few charity rides like the Bike MS 30 mile around NYC the last few years. That's pretty much the furthest I've ridden in one go and last year I managed to complete that ride with an average speed of 12.13 mph. That said I get frustrated on it when the wind picks up because I'm on the larger side (6'2 260lbs) and about as aerodynamic as a sheet of plywood on the MTB when I'm heading into the wind - which is not an uncommon situation near the beach on the south shore of Long Island which is where I do most of my riding - usually a 20 mile out and back on weekends and some weeknight rides of the same length.
Will moving to a road bike yield a few more mph due to the larger wheels and potentially more aerodynamic positioning?
Is this bikehttp://www.jamisbikes.com/usa/thebik..._bosanova.html a good candidate for a road bike that can be potentially used for commuting one day? My concern is will it handle potholes and the occasional curb or am I expecting too much from a road bike? I emailed Jamis and they indicated that it will handle tires up to 35 mm wide which to me seem like they should offer some more durability or is that a misconception on my part?
I'd be looking to hopefully commute once a week given the distance involved - the routes I would take would range from 25 to 30 miles one way starting in Oceanside, NY and ending in lower Manhattan. Should I be looking at a different bike if this is a goal I'm shooting for? The same shop that had the Jamis also had a Masi CX Uno which appealed to me since it too was steel framed and featured some wider tires. The Masi was cheaper $850 vs $1100 for the Jamis, but had Sora vs Tiagra components and canti's vs disc brakes - I've had a few "oh @#$#" moments in wet weather on my MTB so the disc brakes were very appealing to me. Are there other steel framed bikes i should consider (my preference for steel stems from reading here about the ride difference between steel and aluminum - I'm not worried about losing power to the steel flexing - I am not racing just trying to get in shape and get from point a to point b).
Sorry for rambling on - anyway what I'd like to hear are peoples thoughts on the Jamis Bosanova as a commuter capable of handling 60 mile rt commutes once a week through Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan. And also if there are other bikes I should consider as I begin looking in earnest for a road bike.