So I am in the market for a light touring / commuting bike. I currently have a Felt F35R alu racing bike, and living in boston, is not the bike for doing much of anything other than fast rides and crits. So here is what my thoughts on a bike are:
I want a perfect, "one bike to rule them all" type deal. I do not race, and i do not plan on doing touring past a weekend camping trip. I do want a bike that will be able to ride on group rides, and keep up with friends when doing fast rides around the city. One large thing is that I will be commuting several days a week on this, about 17 hilly miles each way (on crappy roads). and the alu frame i have now is just harsh and a backpack full of work clothes is annoying. I also would like to get into randonneuring, the idea of fast pace and long distance, but not competing sounds great. so in summary, I want:
-rack mounts (not for loaded touring, just for weekend travel or carrying a bag to work)
-ability to fit larger tires with fenders
-decent geometry for going fast (not the real slack touring)
So really, what are my options? There are a multitude of custom builders in the city (Geekhouse, Royal H, Icarus, Indie Fab, ....). All of these groups can build beautiful bikes for around $1600-2200. But really, that just seems like too much. What are some other viable options to fill this bike void in my life.