Me and my husband went around yesterday and today and visited two LBS. VERY interesting findings! Somehow, very surprising, after some discussion, I started out test riding a few road bikes, one of which was the Specialized Sequoia. Another was a robaix something? or something like that, the bike person wrote it down, and he was very helpful. I tried a Trek road bike too. I also tried the Koga Miyata Traveller. Can these bikes be any farther apart, the Koga and the ride bikes? I wanted to immediately ride one road bike and then the Koga, which I did again today, to get a feel of each in a short period of time. Today, at the same LBS I also tried a hybrid, I think it wsa a Canondale, can't remember the model.
I found one interesting thing. I hate the flat handles compared to the drop type. My hands are way too far apart in general. I never would have guessed that, since I currently ride a Trek 730. What I LOVED were the Koga handlebars. Such a variety of places to put ones hands, thought that was very very comfortable.
I went to another LBS also and didn't fall in love with anything, tried some hybrids there.
I'm leaning toward the Koga Traveller. I know, the thing is absolutely a cadillac. It weighs in at 37 lbs. The Squoia weighs in at 20 lbs. Yikes, what a difference. But, like a caldillac, the Koga is smoooooooth. The Sequoia made me feel at one with the bike, felt the road more, think I'll have to concentrate more/be careful and that's not necessarily GOOD, yet, it was quick and responsive. I hate the brakes beyond the drop handles, prefer the inline brakes, I don't want to bend down THAT far.
So, I'm considering the caddy as compared to the porsche. But, I am concerned bout the weight, and how that might affect climbing hills, that would really be the only concern. Also, the fenders, lights and rack could come in handy here and there, I'm sure. And, I can see doing some (short) touring with it. I can only think in terms of "short" right now since I'm just starting.
Again, comments are welcome, thanks.