I have a 15-20 year old Bianchi Advantage 10 speed. I bought it used. I was going to get it tuned up ($130-175 depending on store) so I decided to look at some lower end hybrid bikes. I mainly used it on paved trails. Probably at most 30-50 times/year (absolute most) to get some exercise. Current bike doesn't shift well, etc... so its why I was looking at a tune up. Its not about going as fast as possible. I mainly go out on weekends for 1-3 hour round trips on a paved trail near my house.
There are 2 bike shops near my house. One cells cannondale and one cells trek. I looked at the Cannondale CX (cheaper ones) and the Trek bikes (7.1-7.3). They talked alot about components, etc... That really means nothing to me. They did say that better ones shift a little better. Is it that much of a difference? As far as price... I don't have a number, but I don't want to pay for something that doesn't really matter. All the bikes in the store were alot lighter than mine. I thought this was nice. I definitely was not look for anything even close to $1000.
I really can't tell much of a difference between a $500 bike or an $800 bikes to an average leisurely rider? The component types don't strike me as mattering all that much to me. Or even a cheaper bike.
Any recommendations? I really don't know how to tell.
One shop had a Cannondale CX for $709. I am guessing that is a CX 4? Given price?
There was some trek version at about $780. I think it was 7.3, but not sure.
Are those much better than a lower end one say a Trek 7.1? Or even something cheaper than that?