Well everyone, being a SoCal resident all my life an automobile was embedded into my life. It was only recently my life in NorCal has convinced me of an alternative lifestyle - biking. Car is sold and I am in the market for a road bike.
I will be using the bike for commuting as well as getting son exercise. Not too interested in racing, just something that would not bother me for longer rides (guesstimating 50-60 mile rides).
I truly feel like with a few months of training I can begin to rely completely on a road bike for commutes, exercise, transport and leisure.
Obviously this is a radical change and I am only at step one - getting a bike! I have tried many bikes so far and in general I tend to like Specialized and Cannondale. My price range would be under $2,000 and I would prefer to purchase a "new" bike. I have been told Carbon framed bikes would fit my need of long rides, but full carbon framed bikes cost a lot!
So far my choices are:
-Cannondale Supersix 5 105
-Cannondale Synapse Carbon 6 Apex
-Cannondale Caad 10 5 105
A little help with pros and cons? Also any tips and advice would be greatly appreciated.