I grew up in Chicago and practically lived on a bike as a kid. A three-speed Schwinn Corvette. As a grown-up, I continued to ride fairly regularly, using a Gitane and a Trek. For the past 15-20 years I've been riding a chrome-moly Schwinn Voyageur 11.9 with upgraded cranks, brakes, etc. Which I loved. However...
I hate to admit it, but, dang, I'm getting old. That old Avocet saddle that I loved for years isn't comfortable the way it once was. And bending over the drops has become too much for my back. Yeah, and my weight too.
Anyhow, rather than give up on biking, I'm looking for good advice on how to choose a "seniors" bike - but I'm not ready for big balloon tires and a "paper route" bike either. Hybrids look like they might be where I need to go. Honestly, I'm not going to be doing mountain trails. More likely are comfort rides of 15-20 miles or less on roads or bike trails. Some grades, but nothing that will put me into heart failure :-)
I want to sit up, I guess - and avoid a sore butt at the end of the day. Enough gears to spread across road demands. Capacity to mount some medium size panniers if I decided to work up to something longer. But mostly I want something that can grow old(er) with me and be comfortable, yet allow as much work out as I'm in the mood for on any given day. It can be a new bike - or I'm willing to look around for the right used one. I bought the Voyageur used - it was in mint condition and I got an incredible deal way back then for $250. I know we're talking a fair bit more now for a chrome-moly frame...!!!
I look forward to any and all advice. I'm just starting to research now, with a motive of providing my family some options for Father's Day!
Dr. Gary Axelson