Hi all, I am a noob cyclist with half of both my feet amputated(so use my heels to peddle) half of my left middle,left ring and right ring fingers amputated. I am looking to buy a road bike(unless a touring bike s better suited to my needs) with a budget of up to 3k(British Pounds) I currently own a Specialized Sirrus Hybrid which is uncomfortable on the long rides(back more than feet.)
Obviously I would like to spend a lot less as the risk of me not being able to use it are extremely high(I currently have 4 bone fragments in my right foot, with one shaped like a dogs fang on the sole and very prominent bones which surgeons have told me should be operated on, I'm not doing this as I will bed bound for at least 6 months due to the fact that my feet are 100% scar tissue so I have told them no, unless it's life or death.
Anyway enough of the tales of woe. The bike needs to be very,very comfortable(for long distances also, as I am planning on cycling from Edinburgh-London next summer) Very reliable and very peddle efficient (if there is such a thing). Can anyone help I don't know if I have missed anything out in my requirements but all the help I can get of you guys will be priceless.
Side note I don't want a recumbent or trike. Also what are the comfiest cycle shoes I could get. I need squishy(ish) soles as I use inserts. It's practically like walking on my elbows.