I've read multiple older threads on here and still a bit confused. My last bike purchase was a Giant Iguana over 22 years ago and it's time for something new. I haven't used a bike in over 10 years and here are some specs:
I'm 6'2, 195 lbs, 38 years old.
I plan to use this bike for recreational/fitness purposes only. I'll ride on the street, paved bike paths and some hard packed crushed rock. I would say 80% street/paths and 20% or less hard packed crushed rock.
I plan to ride in decent weather. No rain,mud or snow.
Other info is that I have had 3 lower back surgeries, with the last one being a spinal fusion at L4/L5. So, I would prefer something with a bit more of an upright seating position. Also, I plan to avoid any major bumps as I don't want to re injure my back, but having bigger tires might be a benefit?
I live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and popped into a few different stores. One of the stores (Bow Cycle) carries Cannondale, Norco, Specialized, Kona and various other brands. The other stores seem to only carry Trek and I wasn't impressed with the customer service I received, so Trek is out of the question as they don't carry it at the big store where the sales reps were helpful.
I'm looking at the Norco Indie and the Cannondale Quick series. I want to spend around $800 to keep it reasonable. Disc brakes are not important to me as I don't plan on riding in the mud or rain.
The store has 3 Cannondale bikes which are similar in price and I can't figure out which is best for my needs.
Are there any main differences between these bikes? I know the CX4 has slightly wider tires. Would that give a bit more cushioning with my back issues?
Any thoughts on the Norco Indie 2,3 or 4?
Any input would be appreciated.