Flat Bar; Trek Pilot 5.2 vs. 7.7 FX Fitness Bike
I'm in the 50+ age group and am thinking about purchasing a Trek Pilot 5.2 road bike. I took a test ride and found the handlebar position in the drops very uncomfortable. (I'm used to hybrid and mountain bike handelbars. Also, I have a bad back.) My dealer suggested that I consider getting the 5.2 with a flat bar. What are the performance and comfort trade-off's here? Am I defeating the purpose of getting the Pilot by going the flat bar route? Another option I'm considering is the Trek 7.7 FX fitness bike (comes with a flat bar). What would be the significant performance and comfort differences between the 7.7 FX and the Pilot? My average ride is about 2 hours on very hilly country roads (which are not necessarily in the best condition), and the group I ride with consists entirely of guys with road bikes. Any insight would be much appreciated.