I recently went into an LBS to try and get the lowdown on what is available in my pricerange. I wasn't really there for a test ride, I just wanted to feel around to narrow down my choices for a bike.
Basically I plan to use it mostly on the road, but would also like to commute. So from what I have read I should consider Cyclocross bikes as a contender. I ended up explaining that I want something that did a bit of everything, but all on the road.
However, after saying I have never ridden a road bike before (only MTB) they steered my away from cyclocross without even showing me any. I asked them why I shouldn't consider them and the dude said that the bottom bracket was higher from the ground to give more ground clearance when really CX riding and this makes them harder to balance and control.
Was he right?
If he was, how much harder to control are they really?