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Originally Posted by CalAaron
Mostly I use the bike for commuting (about 9 miles each way on decently paved bike path), but I'll also do the occasional 50-75 mile ride and am riding SF to LA this summer (although at a leisurely pace with my girlfriend).
Strictly my opinion, of course, and others may differ for quite good reasons, but I don't think this is the bike for you.
First, the frame is carbon. Nothing wrong with that (except for the risk of fatal crash damage) but it doesn't appear to have fittings for rack mounting (specs say there are fender mounts, presumably at the dropouts, but nothing about mounts on the seatstays). For longer rides, like SF to LA, you're going to have to carry stuff.
Second, I think for the kind of riding you describe you'd be better off with a triple crank than the Sora compact that comes with this bike.
Speaking of Sora, you could, for the same $1,500, get an aluminum bike with nicer components.