Hello everyone. I've been lurking for a couple of days, and before I make a post I thought I'd introduce myself. I am currently a senior in MFG engineering at Pitt State. I am also a light sport pilot, and do some small competition BBQ smoking events too!
I've been riding Mt. bikes for roughly a year now. First started off on a super cheap mongoose, and after 2 rides down the trails I decided to get a 09 Specialized Hardrock w/ disc brakes. I rode it almost everyday during the summer until I ran across a Gary Fisher Piranha and fell in love with it at first ride, luckily I bought it towards the end of October and got it on clearance, saved about $200. And of course I haven't been able to ride it much during this winter.
Anyways, I am looking to get into road biking, but right now I am still overweight and out of shape, so I've been kind of looking for a flat bar road bike that I can also commute with, along with fun riding, and my goal is to do the local century race(the 56mile part) in the fall. I was just wanting to know everyone's thoughts on the Specialized Sirrus, or should I just go strait to road bikes?
The way I see it is that I build my strength with the Sirrus(which from what I hear is still fairly fast) save some money(remember I'm still in college) and get a nice road bike in a couple of years. Because it basically comes down to the Sirrus vs a Trek 1.1 or a Motobecane. Also I live in SE Kansas where there is only 3 LBS within 60miles, and the used market is extremely sparse.
As soon as the snow melts and it gets above 40*F I'm going to be hitting up all the local LBS.
And thanks for listening to me rumble.