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Currently, I ride a Giant OCR carbon frame for recreation and longer rides, and it’s very fast and fun. I’m looking to buy a second bike for running around town and potentially some light bike touring. However, I really like the speed and responsiveness of my road bike and don’t want a heavy hybrid flat bar commuter bike. My budget is around $300-500 for a 5-10 year old used bike off Craigslist.


My ideal bike would be a road bike with a slightly more relaxed/upright geometry, slightly sloping top tube, drop handlebars, Shimano shifters, a decent number of gears, takes 700x28 tires, with eyelets for racks. WSD wouldn’t hurt. Ideally under 25 lbs, so I’ve mostly been looking at aluminum frames because I can’t afford high quality lightweight steel. I don’t need a touring specific frame, just something versatile that isn’t theft bait. It seems like endurance frames might be the best option for me. Have seen some recommendations to look at CX and gravel bikes as well.


A couple I’m considering are the Specialized Dolce and Giant Defy/Liv Avail.


Thoughts?
 
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