...so, if worse comes to worse, i'll be the silly guy there with my old trekenstein (removed the shocks, got a rigid) and use a friend's 1.5 hybrid tires that do have some bite to the tread, but not knobbies...no drop bars (yet)...just risers or flat bar choices for now.
BUT, i want to do this right. i figure the older road bike with good clearance and get some cheapie knobbies (kendas) just to get started and get a feel for the 40 minutes of hellish fun. working on my stamina now. just finished a 50 mile ride (Escape New York) and doing good, brisk 30+ mile stints on the road along with some mountain biking throughout the month (the race is in early november).
i just bought a Giant Defy 3 road bike and do NOT want to use it...nor could i: there is no clearance for knobbies.
...so, should i make one of the following choices, what would be the smart one/least idiotic one : buy a cheapie, under $200 Denali (good frame and i won't care if i get mud on it...of course, change the tires) or the infamous BDirect windsor/motebecane choices ( multi-speeds or SS...)....OR, see if i get lucky and find an old Schwinn Varisty or whatever road bike on craigslist philly or a garage sale.
i do want to join the fun. if it leads to more, sure, i'll amp up the gear. but for now, economics and time are my major competitors.
i really don't know if i want to do the BD thing...