My old bike is a Raleigh Grand Prix road racer. I know it's pretty much a dinosaur compared to the new options and materials available now. I used to ride 50 - 60 kilos a couple of times a week with a bike riding group I belonged to. But I"m now wanting something a little more comfortable to ride.
I'm going to be happy now to ride maybe 20 miles 2 - 3 times a week and maybe get my wife to do some riding with me on some of the new rails to trails that's been built in the area.
So I've just about decided to buy a hybrid bike. I'm looking at a Specialized Crossroads Elite. It's a little over $500 and seems to fit me pretty decent. I also was looking at a Schwinn Voyageur 21, but I think I like the Specialized bike a little betters.
You figure either of these are fairly decent choices? There are only two bike shops in this immediate area. Not a lot of other brands available locally. And I'd like to buy locally in case I need replacement parts or repairs.
And I'm not interested in something from Sears or Walmart or Target, etc.
Any suggested options or add ons I should get also? I'm pretty sure I want to add on a rack on the back to carry a bag of some sort. Anything else?