Hi all. First post here, but I've been browsing around gathering info for a while.
Went to a few bike shops this weekend and looked at Giant, Cannondale, and Specialized models in the $500-$800 range. One shop had a 2013 Sirrus Comp for $800 (normally $1,100) that felt pretty good. Before I commit to dropping the funds I was hoping to find out a few things from a more knowledgeable crowd:
1) Is $800 overkill for a beginner? What will I notice as I ride more often in that type of bike over a $500 bike?
2) I'm not attached to any manufacturer, are there other solid brands or models I may not have considered in that range or less?
3) Is a more expensive bike or brand much more of a theft risk? I originally was looking for a nicely set up bike that looked a little junky, but it seems like I'd have to be quite a bit more knowledgeable on components than I am at the moment.
** For some background - I'm 31 and looking to get into riding as a hobby with the wife on weekends/weeknights, as well as the possibility of commuting in the near future. I rode BMX as a teen (seems like so long ago now) and am looking at hybrids for the more upright position to be able to hold conversations while riding. We're currently living in South Florida, but also looking to future proof and get something that can be used in other areas with inclement weather and more elevation change. Pavement/city riding mostly, not trails.
Thanks in advance for any input. Let me know if I can provide any more info.