Hi, all, I will really appreciate any thoughts. I do have to get a hybrid for spine reasons. I'm planning on commuting on this bike as well as doing tours with 50-70 mile days. I've already done a four-day tour on a rental hybrid so I know it works for me. Maybe it's easiest if I just list what I've tried:
The #2 contenders:
Cannondale Quick 4 - I love this bike. But my butt keeps kind of sliding off the back of the saddle (even still a little with the saddle adjusted all the way back). I can't tell if it could be corrected with a saddle that would let me lean my hips forward (I'm a girl) but I'm still searching for a bike shop that will let me test ride it with a different saddle. Also I find my thumbs a bit short to use the shifters comfortably.
Specialized Sirrus - I love the fit of this and also the twist shifters. Two problems: My hands hurt after the test ride. This doesn't happen to me on any other bike so I wouldn't think it's a posture thing. Maybe it's the stupid ergonomic grips? Second: it's a really jolting ride compared to the other bikes I've been on. Although most roads I'll be on won't be as bad as nyc streets, there's always gravel and debris on the side of roads and I worry that over long distances the rough ride will be tiring.
Questions: Can I fiix the problems with the Sirrus? Or can anyone please suggest something a lot like the Sirrus that has a smoother ride? (And how difficult is it to switch in twist shifters if they aren't standard?)
Other bikes I've tried:
Gary Fisher (model?) (handlebars too wide)
Diamondback (model?) (rides too rough and legs feel cramped)
Schwinn Super Sport (gearing too high)
Giant Seek (handle bars too wide)
Raleigh Cadence (again, a little "spread out" in the upper body)
Thanks for reading this far! Any thoughts welcome.