I am rather heavy - about 280-300 pounds or 20 stones in the UK where I live. I decided to get a cycle to help me get some of this weight off me and bought a Marin. I only rode it a few hundred yards and it locked out on me so I took it back to the shop and they fixed it only for it to go wrong again (gears). I believe it was just one of those things and I was a bit unlucky to get a cycle that needed to be tweaked a bit to get it right.
To digress a little: Where I live is all flat with a few inclines here and there. I can easily do 10 miles without ever coming across even a steep incline so this is an advantage especially as I am new, unfit, and only need a cycle for "on the road".
Now, after speaking to the owner of the shop he suggested that if I was losing confidence in the cycle I have, maybe I should change it for a cycle with Hub gears as I don't need the 20 odd that I have.
My question is would Hub gears (I think its 7) be good enough, and better for what I need?
I have no intentions of going off road, trying to cycle up a hill that I can hardly walk up, and basically only use the cycle for around town and country lanes.
Also, he told me that they were more reliable all round and the Dutch cycle company Gazelle are one of the most respected cycles in the world - is that true?