So I'm 5'8", 330ish pounds, and want to get into biking for exercise. In April I went to my bike shop, explained to them what I wanted, or what I thought I wanted. At that time, I thought I just wanted something to ride along the trails. I remembered a few years back trying out a bike and not being able to make it less than a mile to the mall, so riding long distances was the furthest thing from my mind. Anyways, after trying a variety of mountain bikes, hybrids, etc, I got an Electra Townie. I liked the more upright riding position and the forward pedals. I haven't had the chance to ride a whole lot because of work, and I was injured for a while. Most of my rides have been around 5-6 miles. The feeling I get when I ride this bike is, its not meant to go very fast or very far.
My friend regularly rides 30-40 miles on his road bike. I was talking to him about it, because I feel like I could never go that far on my cruiser, and he said there really isn't a comparison, the amount of effort I have to put in for my 5 mile ride would translate to a longer ride on a road bike. Is this true? I'm starting to think that my cruiser is more of a ride-around-the-block-with-the-kids bike, or a ride-to-work bike, or a grocery-getter bike... not something I can ride for some seriously long rides.