Hi all, I'm new to road cycling having come from a mountain bike background and need some advice before I pull the trigger on a new purchase.
I'm keen to sell my car in an attempt to save money and get fit by commuting by bike to work (only about a 6 mile commute each way). Ideally I want one bike thats versatile enough to commute to work (mainly road with some canal paths) whilst still being able to ride local trails with family and friends on mountain bikes. I want to go on adventures at the weekend on the same bike.
Ideally my budget started off at around the £1000 mark and I had settled on the idea of buying the well known Boardman CX Team from Halfords- http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/road-bikes/boardman-cx-team-bike
The boardman is currently on offer @ £900 and I can get a futher 10% BC discount making it around the £800 for what is a lot of bike. I lilke the idea of being able to take it on trails and off road with my kids.
BUT... I soon saw a good deal on a GT Grade Carbon 105 (2017) £1559 at wiggle and now I've had my head turned - http://www.wiggle.co.uk/gt-grade-carbon-105-2017-adventure-road-bike/
I've read some really great reviews of the GT Grade and even one article which described the carbon 105 model as a great entry road bike (mainly due to the comfort). Please note I'm not looking for a thoroughbred Italian whip. Having never ridden road bikes before I'm going for the adventure/Gravel bike setup.
My dilemma is will I regret purchasing and commuting on a carbon frame bike purely because its carbon and seems like a good deal? Having read a few reviews I like the idea that the Carbon Grade is comfortable and fun to ride and I'm worried the Boardman won't give me the same get out of bed excitement. But the GT is really at the top of my budget and I wasn't really supposed to be spending that much money!
Any opinions or advice would be much appreciated?