I've just about ridden mtb into the ground, and I'd like to upgrade it, but I'm not sure what to go to.
I cycle to work every day, not far, maybe 10k round trip, reasonably hilly. And to the gym a coupla times a week (25-30k round trip I guess). I'd like to do the occasional road ride, 30-40k's maybe. I'll occasionally go up/down gutters. I'm 6'4". Around 80kgs.
What I don't like about the mtb (which was nothing fancy, cost around the $400 mark):
- * gears aren't tall enough (spend 99% of the time in the top 3 or 4 gears [21 speed] another 2 or 3 "above that" would be great)
* tyres could be thinner (am running slicks, but I'd like to go faster)
- * flat bar
* reasonably tough
* easy to look after
* faster than my mtb (taller gearing/narrower tyres/whatever)
* oh, must be able to attach mud guards (like to ride in the rain too)
Budget, I'd like to stay around the $1K mark, but if there's "enough value" (and I'm not exactly sure what I mean by that ^_^) maybe up to $2K.
ANy advice on what I'm looking for?? Thanks for any help.