I'm new to this forum and fairly new to cycling, and am 6'4" 240.
I'm looking for a good commuter that is comfortable enough to ride for fun on a local bike path, and efficient enough to ride to work on the road. I would also like a bike that I could use to do some touring (just to begin, if it's something I get into I could upgrade to a full touring bike when I can afford it.) As of right now, I prefer a more upright position, below are the bikes I've narrowed my choice to (and have ridden at my LBS.) Is one of these bikes better for Clydes, or a better value in general? (I don't know enough about components to judge.) I'm on a budget (around $500) but don't know enough to feel comfortable buying a used bike. I currently ride an old Raleigh M30 mountain bike.
Giant Cypress DX--Nice ride, comfortable. I don't know if I need the front shock. The disc breaks might make it hard to attach racks.
Giant FCR3--really liked the ride and it was a step (or turn?) faster. Could I attach a more plush seat?
Trek 7300--About the same as the Giant. But I can't judge components.
Trek 7.2FX--Again with the components, I like the suspension seat post on this one (which the FCR3 doesn't have.)
Also, I saw online that Giant makes a Tran Send commuter, but my LBS didn't have one to ride. I think it looks like a Cypress without front suspension and disc breaks. Any feedback or advice would be helpful. Thanks.