Righto, i currently have a Boardman hybrid that is doing road duties, its a great bike for getting around on and i can keep up with my mate when he's on his touring/winter bike, but his carbon summer bike leaves me struggling in his wake.
Ive been looking at the Planet X carbon road bikes but i have some potential problems..
firstly, I'm tiny. 5'2" so maybe the women's model but that would have too short a top tube maybe? Certainly my girlfriends bike is too cramped for me.
My hands - i struggle with road levers as all the ones ive tried are too big, i cant control the brakes well enough to give me any confidence in stopping.
Thirdly, i have arthritis of the thumbs and i suspect that riding on the hoods for a decent length of time could become really painful.
Am i better off sticking with flat bars and just accepting that i cant cope with drops?