Really interesting to read so much information and support in your forum .
I decided to jump in riding a bike - I will need it to ride daily 3-4 miles couple a times a day, in town,mostly on the road but sometimes in park/across pavement and looking to do it more rarely outside the town -both on the roads and slight tracks.
i will be looking to be fast / not needing often repair (have done it in the past with old road bike-my dad's ) /sturdy to some degree .
I know that this examples that I have given in the title a quite different but I am looking for advise - from the range of road bike sturdy enough for town/occasional off road to hybrid type bike .
I could find a Cannondale Synapse 8 2300 Triple 2013 and Cannondale CAAD8 2300 2013 Compact - for 500£ and I like how they look but I can't found them except online .
I like the simplicity of Vitus Vee/Dee/29 although this is simple speed(much difference on the roads?) type and slightly heavier ,probably.(http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/v...e/rp-prod80999
I found reduced price - again online - Giant Defy 4 and read good things about Giant Escape M2( cheaper -300£ ) (http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/catego...scape-m2-11181
What will be your initial advise if I can't test them ?
Cannondale - Synapse 8 2300 Triple
Synapse Alloy, 6061 Alloy, SAVE PLUS
Synapse SAVE, carbon blades, 1-1/8 inch
Shimano 2300, 31.8mm clamp
Number of Gears:
Chainset: FSA Vero 50/39/30
Chainrings: 510×39×30 tooth
Bottom Bracket: FSA
Cassette: SunRace 12-25, 8-speed
Chain: KMC 8-Speed
Front Brake: Promax dual pivot, long reach
Rear Brake: Promax dual pivot, long reach
Brake Levers: Shimano 2300
Handlebars: Cannondale C4 Compact
Stem: Cannondale 31.8mm 7 degree
Headset: Synapse Si, 25mm top cap
Grips: Cannondale Suede Bar Tape with gel, 3.5mm
Rims: Maddux RS 3.0, 32 hole
Front Hub: Cannondale C4
Rear Hub: Cannondale C4
Spokes: Stainless Steel, 15g
Front Tyre: Kenda Kontender 700×26c
Rear Tyre: Kenda Kontender 700×26c
Saddle: Cannondale Stage Ergo with Steel Rails
Seatpost: Cannondale C4, alloy, 27.2×300mm
Thank you !