This is what I ride twice daily
A 25" Raleigh 531 Light Tourer with considerable mods.
Centre pulls replaced with modern long drop dual pivots - it stops now.
Drops replaced by bullhorns.
And for parts worn out:
New back wheel. New front and rear Derailleurs - just cheap parts but work better than the Suntour stuff did.
Adamo saddle - now why would any MAN want a conventional saddle between his legs?
Now I am retired I spend half the year in Nicosia. I am very lucky - my wife's family house is 50m from the riverside track shown below to illustrate the terrain I am on almost every day.
Going into town:
Going out of town:
Now for the question: what should a 65 year old like me buy for a different or more comfortable experience on such tracks?
I'm a long legged 6ft 3in tall and 100kg.
I have been looking at the Specialized Tricross - nice bike, but aluminium forks? Canti brakes can be a pain, but there is a disk brake version.
Or do I get a 29er hardtail? Heavy and sluggish compared to the 531 light tourer? But comfort?
Or maybe a true Cyclocross? Or a sports Hybrid?
How would you advise me?
My pride and joy is in UK for the other half of the year - a Robin Mather custom Audax
So, to ask again. Is it worth trying something new, or am I likely to feel it wasn't worth the bother and expense?