Got the bug to upgrade from a 40 lb Mt bike
to a better/faster bike for the paved & gravel roads.
I can do about 50 miles on the 29er but hauling over 40 lbs up & over hatcher is tough.
BIL says I need a road bike, but with 2 fused neck discs , I get a sore neck after a mile trying to look up from the drop bar bikes.
+ being bent over my lower back won't take it & starts to ache, (herniated disc surgery) .
Test rode the cyclocross, a bit better, but still get off them hurting.
Been looking at the flatbar road bikes.
Found a Diamondback insight with carbon forks (no listed weight)
& REi has the Cannondale Quick 1 , Flatbar (22 lbs) with carbon forks:
Then there is the all carbon ones, guy has to dream
None in AK but can be special ordered.
Not being able to test ride one, size & geometry are an issue.
Flatbar road bike , hyd disc brakes.
Looking at all the major names, not a lot to choose from.
Wish they'd post the weight of the bikes.