I'm looking to buy a new bike (my first since I was a teenager) and I have a budget of about £500.
I'm planning on buying a hybrid as I want to ride on roads and also some trails (mainly woodland/public paths, nothing too demanding, gravel/grass etc) so I'd like something fast but also something strong enough to take off-road occasionally.
I've only looked at Giant and Specialized so far as they are the only stores near me and have the following in mind:
Giant Seek 3 - http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-gb/....3/9319/49835/
Specialized Crosstrail Sport Disc - http://www.specializedconceptstore.c...20Sport%20Disc
Don't think I'm overly fussed about having front suspension, but would I need it to go off-road occasionally? Out of the 2 bikes above, which would be more suitable and which is more value for money, parts wise?
If you can recommend anything else then feel free to!
Thanks in advance.