I'm not sure of the best place to post this, so I'll start here. (Mods - please move if this is the wrong forum).
I'm getting back into cycling after several years and am trying to find the right bike for me.
I'll be doing 60 to 70% road biking and the rest on light trails - rails to trails, dirt paths, gravel - no real mountain biking. My girlfriend is looking to upgrade to a Giant FCR or a Trek FX and I'll need something in a similar performance envelope when we ride together.
I want to use my bike for light commuting (to friends' houses, store), fitness, adventure, and weekend touring.
I've ridden several bikes and the Specialized Crosstrail was my favorite. I felt the Trek FX was okay, but a bit uncomfortable. My girlfriend was at a bike shop today and they said that the Scott Sportster was similar to the Crosstrail, so I will check that out this week.
The long and the short of it is - can you guys make any comments on the bikes I've mentioned or offer some alternatives?
Thanks for your help!