This is my first post and I hope that It isnít a silly question, so if it is, bear with me please.
I am looking at buying my first bike. I have ridden all my life, both Mountain bikes and road bikes, and now that Iím looking to buy my first bike I want to get a bike that offers quite a bit of versatility. Last summer I did about 1000 miles of touring in southern France on my dadís old Bianchi. It didnít have the right gearing and consequently I spent a lot of time crawling up big mountains with my extra 30 pounds of touring gear. Despite this, I still loved it and plan to do more touring in the future. So I want to get a bike I can tour with.
Consequently, I know Iím going to be using the bike for commuting a lot and also for going on long rides not loaded up with gear.
So my question is if there is a bike out there that offers the durability of a commuting, capabilities for touring with heavy loads, and also is just a fun, responsive ride for century rides on the weekend.
Right now Iím looking at some cycle cross bikes like the Bianchi Volpe.
Any advice would be great.