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You don't want a "road" bike (a typical road bike can fit 25mm tires max, maybe 28mm if you're lucky or the bike has disc brakes). You want a bike like the Specialized Sequoia, Diverge, or CruX. Unfortunately, those bikes exceed your $800 budget.

Look for a used cyclocross bike on craigslist or eBay. See if you can have a trusted friend help you determine whether a prospective bike is worthy of considering. That will help save you from the pitfalls of buying a bike that is too worn, too old, or not the right size. Also, check your local bike shops. Many sell used bikes that they take in trade, or sell on consignment. Don't forget to bring along that trusted friend to check them out.
 
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