Originally Posted by evo119
(very) new cyclist here and looking to buy my first bike. I'm sorta torn on which to go with. I'm not sure if i should be choosing a road or an urban flat handle bike.
Main use would be for exercise but would like to do some long distance riding (~40miles) eventually. I don't think it'll see urban areas like SF, especially after seeing how crazy drivers are in the city.
I do like the Specialized Sirrus but i'm not sure if they work for longer rides? oh and budget is around $1500+/-
You could get a decent road bike that suites the riding you described for $1500.