Had a nice blast around our local lanes this morning on my winter bike which is a flat bar cannondale hybrid fitted with cyclocross tires.
I can hear the howls of derision from road purists but it soaks up the potholes, deals with mud and dirt and today I had to go through a couple floods that where above my bottom bracket. Also it is perfect for canal paths with my wee girl in her seat at the back.
My point is that I am constantly amazed by the amount of people I see out cycling in high end bikes when the roads are in such bad condition. Question is do they only have one bike or do they have more money than sense?
As an addendum as soon as the mrs has got her back turned I am planning to get a cyclocross bike for next winter, there is so much more choice than there was a few years ago.