I have been riding bikes for as long as I can remember but have always used a hybrid. After doing a 35 mile ride through a hilly area of NJ and and being in more pain than I ever felt in my life, I think it is time I get a more serious bike. Especially if I want to continue doing these type of rides.
I am now in the market for an affordable road bike that is also suitable for getting around NY City. I dont want to go flying head over heels when I hit one of the infamous potholes or uneven roads. I guess you can say I am looking for an affordable road bike with slightly wider tires.
Do any of you have any suggestions? I am looking to spend around $1000. I have found some bikes that look intriguing. They are the Trek Crossrip (not elite) at about $1,100 or the Specialized TriCross Triple for about $990. Links included below.
Please feel free to suggest bikes I am not considering.
Thank you guys very much.