Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Silver Spring, MD (MABRA/MAC)
Bikes: Cannondale Cyclocross, Specialized Langster, Giant TCR-C2 Composite
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You most certainly do not want a heavy bike. You won't get a workout, you'll just get a slow and sluggish bike that is no fun to ride at all. Cyclocross bikes are a lot of fun, and can allow you to ride in many different styles, but talk to people at your local bike shop first and let them know what kind of riding you want to do. The Felt is just fine for the riding that you want to do, but to really dial in the ride just right, you will have to experiment with different tires and wheels. You sound like the kind of guy who should get a pair of Ritchey Speedmax tires tossed onto your bike eventually (700x30cc are good size, fast and nimble on the road, but also good and treaded for easier, less technical trails and hard-packed surfaces. These tires can be pumped up to 90psi).