I'm an unfit git 60+ and just wanting to get back to cycling after stopping as soon as I could afford alternative transport at 18!
I will be doing local journeys to the shops and longer stints (say around 1 hour round trips, some of it on steep hills) for keep fit; I may join a local club once I can get on a bike without immediately falling off.
I've been to a couple of local bike shops, Specialize were not very helpful - just said a Crosstrail with hydraulic forks should be fine (with no real explanation), cost £575, and another independent actually spent 30 mins with me and suggested a Merida Crossway Urban 100 Gents 2019 model at £700,
Does anyone have any suggestions? I'm leaning towards the Merida because I like to support local independent shops, but would be interested to hear what more experienced cyclists say.