I've been commuting full-time for a while now. My current go-to is my Windsor Tourist. Its like most commuters, outfitted with rack, fenders, bags, etc. Most here understand why. The last thread I started about the "next bike" got me thinking. I've been really wanting to do some recreational riding, like charity races and maybe complete a century this coming year. I really want a race bike!
I ran this past the wife since I already have 4 complete bikes plus a few frames put aside for projects. So we negotiated some and we agreed (aka- she's allowing me) that I could have a race bike provided I trim the herd to just two (my oldest children get the other bikes).
So anyways, for those that commute but also race and do charity rides, what bike should I be looking at? I posted a similar thread in the Road Bike forum but thought I would get a more understanding from the folks here. Here is my criteria:
Aluminum, steel or carbon frame set.
Shimano 105 or better.
About 20 pounds complete.
I am open to most any make/model. I have looked closely at the Cannondale CAAD8 and this would comes very close to my specs and price range (msrp $1500-ish). I would rather buy as a complete, and would rather buy local, but I am not afraid to mail-order and put together.