This is my first post and I thank you in advance for your input/advice. I'll post an introduction in that forum shortly.
I am in the market for a bike after my trusty 2001 Trek 800 was swiped from outside of a grocery store the other night. I love biking as a form of exercise and transportation. In fact, I've said that I wish that my car had been stolen instead because cops care about stolen cars, they're insured and I use my car less often than my bike.
That being said, after doing a bunch of shopping around, I've narrowed my search to two bikes: the Cannondale Quick CX 4 and the Specialized Crossroads Sport. They both seem similar when I rode them. The CX 4 has a more forward/aggressive ride position and the Crossroads Sport is more comfortable.
I know the CX4 has disc brakes which people consider an upgrade but I'm not sure that I care.
The big thing that I liked about the CX4 was it's just more aesthetically pleasing, especially considering I need the Jumbo (Cannondale) and XXL (Specialized) size and the Crossroads Sport only comes in the titanium color with brown grips, a brown seat and brown pedal accents (which I sorta find hideous).
But the Specialized was maybe a tad more comfortable.
The MSRP of the CX4 is $725 but they're selling the '13 model for $499
The MSRP of the Crossroads Sport is $479 but they're selling it for $449 (and I chewed them down to $429).
Anyway, I'd welcome any thoughts or advice on this.