I'm looking for a new bike, but aint too sure which one to choose... or what to look for.
I'm 18yrs old and would use bike for some light touring and commuting sometimes (about 20km to city and other 20 back to home). I imagine that bike would be used mostly on asphalt, but I need it to 'survive' on gravel too since most roads around few kilometres of my home are gravel. Also I'm probably gonna go off the road sometimes with it, but not off the dirt paths.
My old/current bike is GT Aggressor 3.0, but I've pretty much outgrown it, and I'm looking for some bike that would be faster on road and specially easier to pedal. So far I've chosen out 2 bikes:
Trek 7200 FX and Jamis Coda Sport 2004. Both are available in bike stores here, and trying them is at the top of my "To Do" list. So far I'm worried about Jamis's tires - only 28 in width, while Trek has 35. Dunno if 28 is good enough for gravel. Do front shocks help? I've problems with wrists and I imagine that having shocks would help a bit
Any advice or reccommendations is welcome, Thanks.