Gigaram saidThanks for the info can. Now to more specifics. Does anyone have thoughts experience with "hybrids" versus straight up road bikes and mtn bikes? Are they good for someone who can't commit and isn't serious about one or the other or are they legitimately functional in both arenas?
Hello Gigaram: I've been into bicycles for 50 years. They have always been my favorite toys. I bought a Trek 9000 aluminum mtn. bike for my 40th birthday in 1991. I still have it and it works beautifully. I wanted a bike to commute that was lighter and faster than my Trek. I bought a 2005 Giant FCR-1 back in November 2005. It sold for $1,100. It is essentially a road bike with flat bars. It would not work off road. I looked at a Trek 7700 FX, but it was heavier than the Giant and a few hundred dollars more. My bike has a carbon fiber fork, chainstay, seatpost, and headset. It has over 5,000 miles now and still works great. I replace the chain every 1,000 miles with a Shimano Dura Ace chain. It saves the chain rings and rear cassette. I ride 7 1/2 miles each way to work and back. I get 75 miles in weekly just commuting. On the weekends, I usually go for a 20 - 30 mile ride somewhere. I'm riding the Tour de Palm Springs next month (See the thread for more info).
Now about the bike that you want next: The big question is how much do you want to spend. That will dictate your best options. I have 2 friends that bought '07 Trek Madone 5.2 road bikes during the past year for $2,400 and $2,000 respectively. They really dust me going up the hills. Trek redid their entire Madone line this year. I would like a Madone 5.5. They go for $4,200 list, but the Trek San Diego store makes some great deals.
To me, the money is well spent on a good bike. Get something lightweight and fast. Screw the mtn. bike - you already have one. Trek also offers 1 year same as cash if you want to buy a more expensive bike, but can't afford it. I highly recommend Trek.
Have fun bike shopping!