Join Date: Jul 2010
Bikes: too many of all kinds
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Well, at the speeds you ride, you would want a fairly fat tired bike. 1.5 – 2.0” slick tire. Any tire over 35mm would probably do you good – that points toward a hybrid.
For you, fit is the most important thing. That can go a long way to address the aches you have. I would get a professional bike fit – it may be worth its weight in gold. I ended up going to a bike store that did a bike fit for me – took the basic measurements, and then fit the frame, stem, and seat height from there. Fit is important for everyone, more so for you.
When buying a frame, the most important measurement for me is the effective top tube length. This is going to set your cockpit size, and everything else can be adjusted from there. You really need to know the cockpit size that works best for you. So, don’t worry about standardization, look at the geometry chart and start with effective top tube length.
You are going to be happy with a hybrid with fairly relaxed geometry and fairly upright positioning.
“Performance hybrids at your friendly neighborhood local bike shops… Checkout the Jamis Coda Comp, the Giant Escape 1, the Trek 7.4FX, and the Raleigh Cadent 3..” ---Good advice!
The return policy, fitting, maintenance and tune ups may make it worthwhile to get it and your local shop.