I got a mountain bike in 2002, which I enjoyed and still have.
Recently I bought a vintage Univega and put more than $500 into restoration.
After going on a ride with a friend who has a Trek CF road bike I started researching the market for an all carbon road bike.
Luckily (maybe?) the one I finally would have liked to buy was sold out.
That gave me pause to think about what I really needed.
I realized that:
I never rode my mountain bike on mountain trails, nor over stairs and such.
I would like to ride on country roads without risking to puncture the skinny slicks of my Univega.
I really love my EZfire triggers on the Lance MTB and resent the fact that road bars pretty much limit me to expensive brifters or bar end shifters, due to the fact that reasonably priced triggers only fit on flat bars.
Why not get a road bike with a flat bar and sturdier tires?
For my type of riding I would prefer a more upright position and softer ride.
So, I arrived at the hybrid market - road bike with flat bar and fatter tires.
Almost went for this one: http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...ury_pro_xi.htm, but they were sold out.
So I started to think again - what did I need, rather than want.
I *wanted* a CF frame.
But all I *need* is a comfortable ride.
I read that an aluminum RB usually is riding stiffer than a 12K CF.
But that can be tempered by the extra air I am sitting on with fatter tires.
So I clicked the buy button on this one:
saving $900 in the process over the sold out Century Pro.
The alu/cromoly fork frame should be forgiving enough on the fatter tires.
Can I get some feedback on my logic?