Hi guys, first post here, hopefully I'm not doing one of those annoying typical threads! Anyway currently I ride mtb a fair bit but I'm getting a bit sick of having to drive 50+ miles to get a decent xc ride in as we have no good local stuff apart from chicksands about 30 miles away. Have plenty of nice country lanes/roads though so I've been thinking about getting a bike more suitable for that and just keeping the mtb for the more fun stuff like chicky etc. I'd also like to commute some days in the week whilst the weather is nice.
Problem is I have a very low budget at around £300, so I'll probably have to go second hand and SS to start with. If possible I'd like something with track dropouts but also a rear mech hanger in case I want to upgrade to gears. Don't want fixie as we have some big hills I'd rather freewheel down! Needs half decent brakes. Not sure whether I want drop bars, probably not as I don't like feeling all stretched out and streamlined!
Finally, I'm not sure what frame size/tt length to get. I'm from a bmx and then mtb background so as I said before, I don't like feeling too stretched out on the bike. Current mtb is a 22" ish top tube with 90mm stem which feels good.
Hopefully somebody can suggest something for me to try from that post?
Local halfords has a TDF "limited edition" Carerra for about £299 at the minute. Are Carerra road bikes any good or just as frowned upon/unpopular as they are in the mtb world?