I posted this in the intro section, but have been reading posts over here so much that I thought I'd try picking the brains of the friendly people over here. I may be trying to find the perfect bike that doesn't exist, but anyway, here goes:
Hello all! I've been reading posts here, seeking advice and you're all so friendly and knowledgeable, I thought I'd run this one past you.
I'm going to make the transition from mountain biking to probably some kind of hybrid. I had a neurological virus a few years back that has left me with a balance disorder. I kept riding my mt bike but I have had a few problems.
My husband got a townie and he is zipping around as if this is the best bike on the planet. I have done a few rides on the townie 21 (women's model) and it's not a bad bike, but I feel like I am trying to drive an RV! It's sooo long!
I'm petite (around 5'4" and normally range between 105-115) with short arms, short torso. I feel unsteady on the townie, even with the handle bars brought in as close as they will go. I can only make really wide turns on it.
I have tested some hybrids and feel like I do on my mountain bike these days, up too high, bending too much, and reaching too far.
At bike shops they recommend a 16 inch bike, but I am starting to wonder if I shouldn't go with a smaller hybrid and just raise the seat a bit for more leg extension when I want it. I tried the 16 inch trek 7100, and love the bike, but it has me in the same position as my mountain bike, and I would like to feel a bit more secure when turning, stopping and starting.
With the balance disorder, I need to be in control, need a stable ride, etc.
Does anyone agree that maybe a smaller hybrid bike might be the right direction now that I am "disabled," as it were?
Any advice would be most welcome!