I am looking for a bicycle that does all these things relatively well in the exact order too. I am a decently experienced cyclist (Race Triathlons and so forth) and am looking for a more relaxed ride than my race bicycle for commuting and training in the hills. Right now I use a 2006 trek 1500 as my race bicycle thats outfitted as a TT bicycle basically and I do not like using it for multiple uses because I finally dialed in a fit like I like that is specific to TT.
Anyways I have about a 6 mile commute to school and would like a bicycle that can possibly be outfitted for racks and has a longer wheel base. I have also thought that getting a cross bicycle would help me move into another race scene that looks like a lot of fun. It also seems that cross bicycles can double as a good commuter as well. I have looked at a lot of cyclocross bicycle and still haven't found the ONE. So maybe with a little help from this forum I can finally figure out what I am looking at. Price is an issue and I'd like to stay as close to $1000 as possible since I am a student.
I have looked at bikes from Trek, Gary Fisher, Specialized, Kona, Surly, Blue, Felt, Cannondale, Motobecane and probably a few I haven't mentioned. I really liked the Gary Fisher steel frame and the treks sram apex drivetrain and the Motobecane's price but I cannot find a bike with all the combinations that I like plus rack mounts and my price range.
Thank you for your input!!