First let me start by saying I hope this is the right forum to ask this. I wasn't sure but this seemed to be as close to what I'm looking at as I could find. I really haven't ridden a bike much in the last 10+ years, but earlier this year I was diagnosed with pretty bad osteoarthritis in both knees I had some surgery to help but the Dr. informed me that if I wanted to put off knee replacement as long as possible then I need to BIKE, BIKE and BIKE some more. I have been ridding the mountain bike that my wife bought for me 15+ years ago and while it seems to be a decent bike a Schwinn Frontier with that said it is heavier than I want and I'm mostly ridding on paved roads not trails. Additionally I have found the seating position of the bike being bent forward seems to be hurting my wrists, I find that if I ride for more than 45 min my wrists start to hurt and I get a numbness in my hand, Dr. said more than likely I'm pinching a nerve.
So now that I have given you my life story here's the real reason for me coming here. I have been considering getting a bike that will allow me to sit more upright and relieve the problem with my wrists I would also like something more gear towards road biking than off road and perhaps a little lighter than my Schwinn. I have visited about 4 local bike shops to try and get an idea on what I should purchase but I'm now more confused than ever. Several stores tried to steer we towards a comfort bike which isn't really what I'm looking for as I really want to exercise my knees but in addition I would like to loose some weight and get a cardio workout as well.
I think I have narrowed it down to the following makes and models,
1.) Trex FX
2.) Trex Verve
3.) Cannondale Adventure 1 or 2
4.) Raleigh Venture 4.0
5.) Raleigh Cadent
I'm not looking to get into racing or anything but I would like a pretty decent bike to get back into shape and more suited for the type of ridding I'm currently doing.