A year ago I bought a new road bike after not riding one for about 15 years. I ride a mountain bike to work, about 7.5 miles, a few days a week, and have been riding the road bike on weekends with my 20 year old son. As we have been doing longer rides, I find the beating that my body takes to be wearing me down. Last weekend we rode about 55 miles and it was a struggle for me to climb the last hills to get home. It was hot, but the pounding on the pavement had taken a toll as well.
The bike I am riding is a Specialized Allez Elite triple. It feels great for shorter rides, but once I get much over 30 miles, I start to feel the pounding. I am 55 now, and definitely not getting any younger, so I wonder if I should be looking at a more forgiving frame to make these longer rides less of an ordeal. I'd like to do some rides of 80-100 miles, and I don't want them to be torture.
My old bike was a Raleigh International frame, built in the early 70's. It felt a lot softer than my current bike, but also a lot heavier and not nearly as responsive.
I have heard that the Specialized Roubaix is a very forgiving frame. Would this be a big improvement over what I am riding now or am I just getting old an soft?