My girlfriend and I enjoy riding 25-30 miles ever other day. We are considering doing some small day trips up and down the coast of California, 40-50 miles at a time.
We are not sure if we should be looking at a cross bike or a road bike or even a touring bike. We want something comfortable to ride, yet is not a tank. We like the more upright position for seeing the sites and being able to keep an eye on traffic. We in Murrieta California. Itís a growing community, so there are diverse riding conditions. Roads can have lots of gravel on them, of they have obstacles. There are areas that have hard packed dirt trails.
We were looking at the Schwinn Sport DBX, the Trek Pilot Flat Bar and the Fuji cross bike. They are all in the 1000.00 price range which is about what we are looking to spend. Maybe less if possible. We dont plan on loading these up like a full on touring bike, we wont be carrying our supplies on any of these trips except for water bottles.
Input and suggestions are greatly appreciated!!!