Plenty of time before it becomes necessary but I am looking for a bike. I currently have a couple of good road bikes- An offroad Tandem that works and a couple of elderly MTB hardtails that are good enough.
I retire next year and will be working a while longer to earn money to pay for it but looking at a budget of around $1500 MAX. Was thinking of a do-it-all bike but that does not exist. Plenty of time will be on my hands and I intend to use a bike whenever possible. The wife has a car if I need to be taken somewhere but my car is off the road right now due to economics and I do not intend to drive.
For local shopping and errands I was thinking of a fitness bike but that style is not for me now- and the Probability of theft on a bike left while I do the shopping cuts that route out. I have an old Dawes Galaxy that I can rebuild that I can afford to lose when it goes "Walkies" but hope that the state it is in- not many will give it a second glance.
BUT-- that bike. What shall I get? Still have a mind for offroad but I no longer do the aggressive or distance Enduros that I used to. However looking at the gentler stuff that I still want to do I have thought about another hardtail. But then when I do the road riding an MTB will be hard work. So a "Compromise" is being thought of. There are plenty of offroad trails that only take in the gentler hills and have a good surface on them that will not shake me about too much.
So choice of two--A Cyclocross or (Dare I say it)- a 29er. Thinking of both and yet to compare back to back so what are your thoughts. I want a bike for Gentler offroads- will go uphills but can still do a road ride if required.
What are your thoughts?