Well I'm looking to buy a new bicycle but I want one mainly for the road and these cycle cross bikes that have the flat handlebars look good.
At the moment I have a saracen Xray 2003, and its not really a road bike, offroad? Its heavy, got big suspension and it drags like hell into the wind and I go so slow (pic below):
I replaced the normal tyres with some lower profile ones from Halfords but unfortunatly the back one did not last long, the front is still find, having to use one of the older ones now.
I'm wondering, if I got say a road bike or a cycle cross, would I be able to sustain higher speeds and also get to a high top speed? usually after about 15mph I feel the need to go into last gear (21) on my bicycle and if strong win is pushing me I can proberbly do a big push to about 30-32mph but then I'm pedaling so fast I'm nearly loosing track. Anyway I want to keep this bike as I will need it if I ever go to my friends house and we go down to the woods and a road/cycle cross bike proberbly would not be good.
I try to bike to college now and its around a 10 miles trip there and 15 mile back, road all the way and I've found a selection of bikes I think may be ok but I need some opinions, I cant spend much, £200-£300 is the max unfortunatly.
But what I would like to know is with one of the below bikes would I be able to sustain higher speeds and also would it be easier going into the wind?
Any other bicycle recommendations are welcome, I'm not that experienced with bikes so I dont really know what would be best.