My bike has been given to commuter status. Using it more for commuting than leisure rides.
Now Im thinking Im better off with a MTB. Racers are more efficient and all that, but its near impossible to find a cheap one with eyelets to mount racks.
Touring bikes cost a bomb. A new Surly LHT will cost $1800 w/o the rack.
Currently thinking of getting a GT Avalanche for a commuter cum touring bike. Would probably handle my rough riding much better. Im not exactly a speed demon so I doubt 26" wheels and knobbies would be a problem. Max speed on my racer to date is 51km/h. There are probably some MTB that have gone faster.
I dont think my racer is too happy about me riding over grass patches and uneven ground.
Have had the front wheel skip off the ground on a few occasions due to bumpy road conditions too. The carbon frame means I have to be extra careful too.