I wanted to get some advice from people who are not so uptight about road riding. I figure this forum would be appropriate.
Iíve been an avid roadie for years now. Iíve been riding road bikes since HS, did the Mtn bike thing in the Ď90ís, but realized that my heart belongs on the road. I donít like mud and too much dirt very much! Anyway, I currently ride a Ti road bike for fitness and for fun, about 4 times a week. I normally just ride it for a couple of hoursóno long rides. The longest ride Iíve done in the last year was 60 miles and Iím happy with that.
I had a mountain bike that I just sold. It was a FS bike and I rode it 99% on the road. I rode my Mtn bike mainly around town and into very light trails (hard packed dirt/grass). I loved the comfort of the mtn bike, and the ability to go over stuff on the road I wouldnít dream of doing on my beloved, road/racer bike. Having said that, I hated climbing hills on the mtn bike! Even with the granny gears, it felt so heavy and so incredibly slow! Unfortunately, I live in a hilly area so climbing is just part of riding. Also, every time I transitioned over to my mtn bike the controls felt unfamiliar so I had to think and re-learn the shifting because mine had trigger shifters while my road bikes had the STI brifters. I probably rode my mtn once a week, and then my road bike 2-4 times a week.
This leads me to my question. I really want to combine the speed of my road bike and the comfort, strength, and go-anywhere ability of my mtn bike. Iíve been looking at city/urban bikes with flat bars and 700c wheelsets. A lot of them look like mountains bikes with thinner wheels, others look like road bicycles with fat tires. These are all good but I keep going back to touring bikes. It seems that the Touring bikes have the road bicycle handlebar, which I really prefer over the flat bars, and the one that has caught my eye has the STI brifters. However, I have no plan to actually tour. My line of thought is a Touring bike will give me most of the stuff I like about my mtn bike and my road bike, and would also make for a great commuter bike, and the occasional beach cruise. I originally wanted the Fuji Touring but would also consider the Windsor Tourist because I prefer the STI brifters.
Is this a good idea to get a Touring bike for my use? Should I consider some other Touring bike or type of bike?