Hey all, first post!
For the past year I've been riding a 2007 cannondale F7 with armadillo road slicks on it, and it has given me plenty of trouble..I find myself constantly having to get the back rim repaired due to broken spokes, and I'm looking to upgrade.
I'm a pretty big guy at 6'2" and 220~ lbs. The majority of my riding is done all around urban areas on a daily basis (I'm in Brooklyn, NY) and I ride at least an hour a day between commuting to college and friend's houses. However, 2~ times a year my friends and I go on centuries, the last one being uphill for a very large portion of the trip (it was hell, and I hurt my knee pretty bad)
When I went to my local shop, they recommended I check out the Specialized Tricross, though I'm not exactly sure which model this even is.. (I don't see any other sites with a generic Specialized Tricross listed, only specific ones such as the sport, comp, expert, etc)
TL;DR: I'm a relatively big guy who needs to upgrade from my *** $400 mountain bike to something that will let me ride fast like a champion around Brooklyn/Manhattan sidewalks and streets, and have no problem handling centuries (with a rack and panniers)..should I even be looking at cyclocross bikes? if so, is the Tricross a good model or could someone recommend a bike that would better suit my needs in the $700-1000 range?