Well I don't want to spend too much over $1000.. Actually I'd really like to spend only $800-$900. I don't really need carbon fiber I suppose? I don't know.
Based upon the riding that you are planning on doing, you don't need new carbon fiber and don't want used carbon fiber.
You can go with a hybrid like a Trek FX 7.3, Kona Dew, Scott Sub or maybe a 'Dual Sport' with a fork you can lock out- basically bikes that you can run wider, mixed tread (think CX style). Or you can go with Cyclocross bikes from BD.
And you might want to double check the size of frame again. Frame geometries and angles can have subtle differences, but it is still possible where one model sized 56 will have minimal clearance and another one your naughty bits will begin having intimate moments with the top tube.
Bikes: Raleigh Grand Prix, Giant Innova, Nishiki Sebring, Trek 7.5FX
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