Hello all. I'm looking for a bike that can be used during the week to get to and from work/school (only about a 10 mile round trip) AND do a decent job of keeping up on shop rides. Ideally it would be steel, have eyelets for racks and fenders, and be able to not only withstand a 30 - 40 lb load, but will also handle well enough to take fast turns and bomb hills (when unloaded, of course).
I currently ride a 2009 Bianchi Pista, which is great and worked well enough for long rides back home in Southern California, but it's WAY hillier out here and my first shop ride almost killed me. I kept feeling like I was going to fly over my handlebars going downhill! I guess I've never experienced that before, but I would regularly take her out for 25-30 mile rides with groups. Another impracticality of the Pista is that I can't mount racks and fenders on her. I also can't add a rear brake on her and swap to a freewheel which would let me handle those downhills better (the 2010s and later come with the rear brake-hole already drilled for an easier switch). Before this, I rode a 1988 Centurion Lemans RS, so I've always been a skinny tire guy.
So with that in mind, here are some bikes I thought might do a good job (keep in mind, that I might be flat out wrong about some of these, haha):
Masi Bikes - Steel - Speciale Strada
EcoVelo » Blog Archive » First Look: 2010 Civia Bryant
Imola | Bianchi USA (not sure about the triple-chain ring...)
Lupo | Bianchi USA (not sure about getting a Cx, never ridden one)
Pacer | Bikes | Surly Bikes
Straggler | Bikes | Surly Bikes
Raleigh Sojourn Bike - 2014 at REI.com
I'm also open to any suggestions! My main concerns with the Cx bikes are that (1) I'm not sure they'll keep up on weekends that well and (2) How well do they handle hills? I'm also worried about swaying too far in either the commuting or road categories with the steel road bikes and the Civia.