Around 10 years ago I used to really enjoy cycling, I had a 1999 Canondale M400 Tommy Hilfiger edition.
About 6 months ago I decided I was going have another go at cycling so got the old 'dale out of storage at my parents and moved it into our garage where it was promptly nicked.
Im attempting to claim around £800ish from the insurance as that was the cost of the bike when new.
I also want something that rides similarly to the canondale in that it is nice to ride on road but is capable of venturing off road too.
I think this is a good time to try and describe "off road" as my understanding of it. I'm not wanting to go racing around over rocks and tree roots or dropping off cliffs or jumping etc. I want to be able to ride on grass, gravel, muddy paths, mountain trails etc.
at the moment, I have my eyes on these two:
I'm concerned about this ones ability off road, with off road tires would it cope alright? I dont want to brake a bike that costs this much.
This one will obviously cope with the off roading I want to do but is it overkill?
I dont really want a proper mountain bike as most of my riding will be on tarmac or cycle paths, a Hybrid seems the best option but if not capable of doing what I need, maybe a cyclo cross like the specialized tricross 2011?
Any help much appreciated,