I have just started to ride again. I have a 20year old road bike in perfect condition that I bought in college. I also have a Giant Option Hybrid that my father-in-law gave me. It is old and too small but works great as a beater bike/old railbed/trail bike. Within a mile of my house is 2 different accesses to a 26mile limestone/dirt recreational trail and so I spend a lot of time using the Hybrid on that as my road bike only has 25c tires.
I was originally looking for a bigger hybrid frame to put some of the Giant Option's components on so that I can have a little more room. However, after reading and researching I am wondering if a Cyclocross frame may be a better investment.
I would certainly use it on roads as that is how I get to and from the trail, however, for rides that are all roads, I would probably use my old Raliegh Technium.
The Giant Option is currently running 700c x 38Cs. I will start with those wheels, but would probably move down to 32s as I upgrade over time - assuming I build a Cyclocross. I like to ride a little bent over rather than straight up like most people use their Hybrids. I also think that a Cyclocross can be a cool looking set up. So I am leaning in this direction. I also like the idea of having this type of bike that could double as a touring bike if I decide to do something like that someday.
What does everyone think? If I need to present more information just let me know.
Thanks in advance,