Well i just got a windsor hour about 2 months ago. Since then i have fallen in love with cycling, but am feeling that the limitations of a SS outweigh the benefits of its simplicity. I do most of my riding on the streets or on flat paved bike trails, but i LOVE doing climbs. albeit i've only done the easier ones since im on a SS, i would love to climb some of the big mountains around here. So, i thought a road bike would be perfect for me, but this past weekend i road on some dirt trails with my friend using his g/f's new 49cm fantom cx bike and i had tons of fun. Im actually thinking of trying a cross event or two now.
The thing is, even if i get a cross bike, i would probably be doing 90% of my riding on paved asphault.
I'm also in the process of negotiating a deal on a used Motobecane Fantom Cross bike for around 400 bucks.
my question is, how much of a compromise is it riding a cross bike on the streets compared to a road bike? the only difference in the geometry is that the BB is slightly higher right? also would i need to change out the tires for long distance hill climbs on pavement or are cross tires ok for long distance pavement rides?? im just worried about a cross bike feeling sluggish compared to my SS because of the added rolling resistance of wider cross tires.