I'm looking for a cross or touring bike (probably) - about 59 or 60 cm frame, Roubaix-ish (relaxed) geometry, upright or drop bars, good clearance on the stays, disc or cantilevers are fine and something I could use for all day rides. Recommendations, info appreciated (whether you sell / carry the line or not) - haven't bought a new bike in 10 or 15 years so not up to speed on new toys.
For reference, my former go-to bike was a basic steel GT Karakoram (broke 4 frame sets and GT kept replacing them but I loved that bike).
Also rode a Cannondale Bad Boy (felt every bump, the cross-trainer of bikes in that it didn't really do anything well - couldn't sell that thing fast enough); a Litespeed classic (smooth ride but no clearance on stays for anything but road slicks and didn't care for geometry - full weight on groin - hence desire for a Roubaix geometry); a Litespeed Tsali (good bike but integrated rear shock bombed out after awhile, handled like an elephant on stilts, granny gears useless on roads, and the Karakoram was a far better mover in every way for 1/4 the price - was glad to sell); and a Cannondale road bike (boneshaker convinced me steel is real, Ti is ok, and carbon is a good shock mitigator)
I used to be a very consistent runner (endorphin junkie who never missed a day of running in 14 or 15 years), triathlete, and gym rat. But some leg injuries in the military and botched reconstructive surgery by a military doc took running off table.
So I need a workhorse bike that I can ride every morning to get back in shape - fat enough rubber that a patch of leaves / water won't kill me, fast enough to do some distance and keep up on club rides, maneuverable enough to slip and slide through traffic, and relaxed (Roubaix) geometry so my nads aren't numb from an all day ride. Was thinking touring or cross, lean & simple design, reasonable price so I don't worry about theft, open to suggestions.
Again, pretend I'm a buddy to whom your giving advice - I honestly won't care about the latest shiny POS from China on sale - looking for a workhorse - not a show pony.