By the end of summer I am looking to purchase a geared, steel road bike (I currently ride a singlespeed road bike). Purposes will mostly include commuting, but there are lots of big group rides that go on in the area I live in and I hope to be able to drop in on some and join some as often as possible (guess I should see what level they are first.....)
I live in a very hilly area and can still get around to most places easily, but I think its time to grab one.
Weekly I may be putting in only about 80-90.
I would probably in the long run slowly upgrade my drivetrain so I'd hope I find a bike with a good solid frame, so im not particularly married to steel.
Also....the roads around my area absolutely suck. They are horrendously potholed, rocky and just suck horribly.