I'm looking for something via Cycle to Work scheme, maximum budget is £1000.
I like the idea of a road bike, but I've no experience of one. I'll also need it for commuting and I'm worried about damaging the wheels.
I'm looking for something reasonably reliable for the week that I can have a lot of fun on at the weekend. Seems like I have two options:
1) Get a road bike, put some chicken brakes on it for the commute and just be careful with it(!);
2) Maybe get a cyclo cross type bike.
So far, I like the look of these but only viewed on-line so far and I've not looked in detail at pure road bikes yet.
Merida CC 4;
Cotic Road Rat
I also looked at the Kinesis Tripster - that seems to be frame only then custom components.
What would you suggest - road or cyclo cross and what would you recommend in each category?
Many thanks in advance for your time and your help, James