So i think I've gotten to the point where I've read so much, that I've confused myself.
me: 250ish, 5'9, former powerlifter-turned-too-many-surgery-guy. Road BMX when I was younger, been awhile since I've really rode hard, but recently got back into it with a Trek 820 (yeah yeah I know) and remembered just how much I love being on a bike.
What I'm looking for is (an upgrade from my Trek 820) that meets the following qualifications:
1. Good road bike - I use it to commute 16+ miles to and from work (Sometimes only 1 way, I do taekwondo 3x per week), and about 14 of those 16.4 miles is on a paved road
2. I did say "about 14 of 16.4" are paved. The other 2.4? Gravel, dirt, divots, mud, etc.
3. Rugged. I'm a Clyde, and as a youth (yoot?) I did a good bit of BMXing so I have this tendency to not always avoid the divots or the rougher terrain
4. I would like to do some off-roading with it, although I'm not real interested (nor talented enough) to do much in the way of downhill or really technical singletrack
So I'm kinda torn between the cyclocross, touring and hybrid options. Now, from what I've read, a hybrid isn't the 'best of both worlds', it's more the worst of both worlds. With that in mind, I've gotten to the point where I've found a few bikes that seem to meet my criteria, but I don't know enough to compare them other than "ooh, pretty bike"
so some of the bikes I think seem to fit what I'm looking for, but not sure what points of comparison to really focus on. I'm also not always sure how to tell the difference between road, cyclocross, touring, and mtnb, since it seems some of the bikes I picked out definitely blur some lines:
Surly Ogre: Ogre | Bikes | Surly Bikes
Salsa Fargo 3: Fargo 3 | Bikes | Salsa Cycles
Kona Jake the Snake: KONA BIKES | 2015 BIKES | CYCLOCROSS | JAKE THE SNAKE
Cannondale CAADX: CAADX Disc 5 105 - CAADX - Cyclocross - ROAD - BIKES - 2014
Specialized Crux: Specialized Bicycle Components
now, those are examples I've found that I like. I don't know a ton of bicycle types and I'm looking mainly at what I can buy in a LBS within a 2-3 hour drive of my house. I look at the Surly Ogre and the Fargo 3 and they look like mountain bikes yet are described as 'touring' bikes. I look at the Specialized and Cannondale and they look like straight road bikes to me. My eye is obviously untrained. I appreciate any help in really learning to focus on the differences, ESPECIALLY if you use riding specific terms and acronyms that I can google easily.