I have recently taken up cycling so that I can do an 80 mile charity bike ride next month. I have been doing 50 mile training rides and have caught the cycling bug. I am riding a Specialized Cross Trail and have switched to road tyres to make it a bit more suited to road cycling. I also switch the front suspension off. At the moment I'm averaging 15 mph and I'm getting fed up of being overtaken by fat blokes on road bikes who are chatting to their mates whilst I huff and puff away (I'm a Personal Trainer and Thai Boxer so I like to think that I'm fit)!
This post relates to the benefits that I would or wouldn't gain by changing bikes at some point in the future. In an ideal world, I would just go out and buy a road bike. However, I have a lower back problem which means that I cannot round my back for any length of time. If I did, there would be a danger that I wouldn't straighten back up! This makes me think that I wouldn't be suited to a road bike but those of you who know infinitely more than I may tell me otherwise.
If I'm not suited to a traditional road bike, would a flat bar road bike provide me with a quicker, easier alternative to my very slightly modified Cross Trail?