I don't know if this was allowed, but I wanted to post this on SoCal forums. I have been lurking for some time and decided it was time to ask for opinions. Since I'm located in Glendale area, I wanted to post here as well.
I have been mountain biking for the past year and have loved it. Technically, I only started biking in April '06 and have ridden a little over 600 miles since then. I really enjoy mountain biking but have begun using my bike (2006 Specialized Rockhopper Comp Disc) to commute to work in addition to riding it on trails. As I began to commute, my interest in road bikes developed. I want to put some serious miles on the weekends and look more into fitness.
To be honest, I have been lusting after road bikes for the past few months and I just received the "thumbs up" from the wife to get my bike. I have spent many a late night researching which components I should get, how much money I will have to invest, etc.
So I went to my LBS today and talked to them about the bikes I was interested in... Specialized Tarmac Comp, Specialized Roubaix Comp and the Trek 5000. All are similar in price and components. The person I spoke to stated that he favored the Specialized bikes due to the fact that the bottom brackets were very stiff (compared to the Trek 5000) while the rest of the frame is complaint. This was something I didn't even know anything about! I wonder if there is anything else I need to look out for!
So, my question is this... if you were in my position, which bike would you buy and why?
1. I would use this bike to commute 26 miles round trip, twice a week.
2. I live on a hill so whenever I finished a ride, I would need to ride up this hill (10% grade for about a mile)
3. I would be mostly a weekend rider, I might be able to steal out of the house once a week for a night ride.
Thanks for your opinions!
Also, I had them weigh the Specialized Roubaix Comp and it came out to just under 20 lbs (54 cm), is that a good weight? My Rockhopper is 28 lbs for the 17 in frame. I never felt the weight of the bike become a factor until I began to commute and had to ride up my hill to go home.