Entry Level Cross Bike Needed...Help if possible!
After trolling around these boards for the past few months and not being a member I finally joined! Hooray!!!
I have been riding bikes for about 3 years. I started on an entry level Jamis bike then bought a Specialized Roubaix Comp, love that bike!. Well I just moved from CO to Chicago...not good for the road bike scene, or any bike scene in general. After speaking with some bike shops in the area there are not a lot of places to ride around here that are not crushed granite or crushed lime stone. I have ridden my Roubaix a few times on the trails here and it has just been torn up. I was thinking about getting a cross bike to knock out my early morning rides when i don't have time to get in the car and drive somewhere to ride. With all that said I have some questions:
1) is getting a cross bike for this a good idea?
2) I am currently on a 61cm Specialized will a 61cm cross bike do the trick? I know sizing and positioning will be different but will it fit me like a TT bike?
3) Does anyone have any leads on a big mans cross bike at a reasonable price? I have been on bikesdirect.com and have found some good prices but am VERY skeptical.
Thanks for putting up with a lot of newbie questions, especially with this being my first post on the new boards!