I have this old bike that was found at a garage sale and given to me, a Raleigh "Marathon." It looks about like this:
I ride about 10 miles daily in an urban environment of bad roads and bad sidewalks, and the ride is rough with my Raleigh. The bike also gives me some trouble by shifting gears on its own (like if I spin the pedals backwards at a stop or after pulling it out from a bike rack) and slipping (like if I pedal too hard). I rode a higher-end modern road bike, and the difference was huge. Technology has definitely improved, and I feel like there is much to be gained by upgrading.
Admittedly, I really like the look of modern road bikes, and I don't really ever plan to take my bike off-roading beyond maybe riding through little patches of grass connecting sidewalks. So cyclocross bikes caught my eye. Does that sound like a good idea to you all for my environment and desired comfort?
I looked around and decided a TCX 2 seemed like a pretty good choice. Is that a decent bike? Are there others in the price range that are better? Ideally, I would like to find it used for $350, but I don't care for the TCX look until 2011. Maybe there are other similar bikes with similar designs that are a couple years older that I might find for that price? Anyway, just knowing other similar models would help me narrow my search so I can be on the lookout for good deals.
Any other advice is also welcome. Thanks!