I'm brand new to this site so I hope you will excuse my obvious "noviceness." I have so many questions. What are your opinions on the Raleigh bikes. I'm looking at the Raleigh Passage 4.0, a hybrid. We have a wonderful little bike shop in our small town that sells these. I've had to opportunity to test ride them several times and felt like I was floating over the ground compared to my old bike. I felt like i could ride it forever and never stop.
I'm looking for something versatile in the $300 price range. I do alot of road riding, but I also ride some trails. I would like to be able to ride some real distance on this bike. I do ten miles at a time right now, but am ready to increase my mileage. I plan on doing 15 miles tomorrow morning. My friends do a 5 day 250 mile ride every summer. I'd like to be in shape to go with them next year. The trail for that ride is made of fine gravel.
I love speed, and I also need a bike that requires very little weigh on my hands. I have pain in one of my wrists from board breaking in karate class.
I like the taller, thinner wheels on that Raleigh hybrids over what Raleigh offers with their Comfort type bikes, but i don't really know what that means for the bike's performance. I don't plan on having more than one bike for myself, so I need one that can do many things.
So what do you think? Is a Raleigh Passage the bike for me or would you recomend something different? I know this is a long post, there's just so much I need to learn.