Newbie: Getting a new bike, need advice on some components and where to ride in DC
I'm new here and I'm looking for some advice for some pedals and a saddle for a new Motobecane Fantom Cross Outlaw.
I've been riding a Novarra buzz for the last 6years and after it got stolen last fall I decided to upgrade to a cyclocross bike. Did a bit a research and the Motobecane bikes from BikesDirect seemed like a good deal. I've ordered one and found a local bike shop to do the assembly and true the wheels for me. The bike does not come with pedals and I've read that the stock saddles are not very comfortable.
So I'm looking for some advice on upgrading these two components
I will be using this bike for a lot of street/traffic riding commuting, some off road and hopefully a bit of recreational racing. I want to be able to ride with regular shoes, so a pedal with a cage/ and platform would be ideal. Not sure what what would be a good pedal and a reasonable amount of money to pay for this type of pedal . The tioga surefoot 8 pedal looks cool but not sure how functional it is. But a light, comfortable, low profile platform with a toe clip (no strap) would be ideal.
As for seats I'll be riding probably less than 200 miles a week, and rides of up to 20-30 miles a day, occasionally more but not too often. I'm willing to spend up to $200 for comfort, but would rather not have to.
Thanks for your patience and any advice you may have to offer a beginner cyclocross rider in DC, like cool places to ride, amateur races, group rides.