I am new to cycling and have been borrowing a friend’s road bike for a few rides this summer and I am now ready to buy my own bike (I have about 1200US). I am going to use this bike as a commuter (Atlanta 4 mi) and would also like to do some road training 3-4 times a week (20 – 60 miles). I am a bigger guy ~270lbs and I am worried about commuting with a road bike, so I thought a cyclocross bike might be a better option. I was hoping to get a beefier commuter, but still do road training. I have a few questions for those of you who ride cyclocross and road bikes or anyone for that matter.
1. Can I take a cyclocross bike on a 50 – 70 mile ride, and keep up with the road bikes (15-25 mph) without killing myself?
2. As I progress, can I do a century road ride on a cyclocross?
3. What cyclocross bike is most “road-like”? I have been considering the Specialized Tricross but have not read much about it on this sight.
4. How much slower is a cyclocross bike, and will it matter for a new rider?
Thank you all in advance for you answers. You have no idea how helpful this forum is to new bike riders, and those of you that respond to us newbies are more helpful than you can imagine! Thank you so much