Hybrid bikes with hand pain. **Pictures**
Hi all. After looking for a long time last year, I finally found a bike for commuting, doing family rides (with a burley trailer), fitness and fun. I have a bad back so I though a flat bar would be the way to go. Anyway, I planned on riding a ton (my commute is 18 miles each way) but I had some issues with hand pain that really inhibited me from riding more than 400 miles for the entire season. I adjusted the grips a thousand different ways and added gloves with extra padding. Unfortunately the padding is already worn down to nothing in about 200 miles. I am about 6' or maybe a touch over. Specialized says I could either be a Large or XL in the Sirrus. I ended up getting the Large but now wonder if I should have gotten the XL. Attached are pictures of me on my Charcoal/Green Large from last year and an Orange XL from this year. Also included is a mountain bike that feels pretty comfortable.
Based on what you see, which frame appears to be the best fit. I understand that the feel is important and no one can but me can determine it, but I really need an outside source. I don't want to continue having issues with hand pain or anything else for that matter.