I realise there are hundreds of posts like this but I really would be grateful for people's advice who've ridden the bikes I mention.
I'm currently deliberating over the choice of my first road bike having taken up cycling on a hybrid last year. I can do 40 miles or so on it but its so heavy I'm knackered afterwards and think its time for something lighter.
One of my difficulties is that I have chronic health problems which mean frankly there are times when I have little energy; and I really struggle with hills as I'm anaemic and just cannot get enough oxygen to my muscles to do intense efforts or clear lactic build up quickly. I'm never going to be speedy or doing races. I enjoy rides by myself and have entered a 60mile sportive this summer. I'm looking for a bike that is light, as I think this will be less draining for me and help me climb better, and something that is comfortable - no 14 cm headtubes for me!
My wife is encouraging me to get a Specialized Roubaix as she loves the brand and the prices dropped this week to £1400. I know this is renowned for a comfortable ride.
My heart belongs to the Genesis equilibrium as its simply beautiful. I much prefer the look of the steel bikes. The massive downtubes of the carbon bikes aren't attractive but I could learn to live with them. But is the Genesis too heavy and how would they compare to ride?
My problem is that its impossible to find anywhere to test ride them so I'm having to make a buying decision based on written info only.
If you've ridden these bikes what's the difference in the way they ride? Have I missed any other bikes which might be suitable?
Advice gratefully received!!
If you've ridden these bike