Hi I'm swapping my OCR C3 carbon bike for a touring bike soon. So I need your help picking which touring bike would be right for me. I want a touring bike that is
-just as fast and easy as a road bike (or NEARLY is fine)
-can handle at least some off road maybe a pile of gravel there and dirt there.
-Has a stem like a road/trialthon bike where you can go into a downright position (sry I forgot what those stems are called).
-I weight 230 lbs but hopefully I trust famous brands like Cannondale, Giant, and Trek that can hold me up. (i'm also committed to losing those pounds)
comfort, virbration ,wheels, gears, shifters are not as important as my 4 traits above.
Price range: maybe somewhere below 1799.00
so far the ones I like are Trek 540 and Cannondale Touring 1 and i'm sure you guys have other great brands in mind!