Over 50 overweight, quit riding when the first kid was born and a whole lot of life got in the way.
Granmda now just wants to ride bicycle.
Although fixing up the old Paramount- we just want to get something newer for around town, trails, etc. - looking at hybrids - low end - something I can park outside shops, not worry about scratches, etc. and would sincerely appreciate some advice here. I don't want to spend a lot of money because we both want to fix up and start back on the tandem next year.
My husband has a nice old Raleigh Pro but he just wants to bang around and was never into it as much as I was and, honestly, I may just get a trainer and hook that bike up to it and leave it there and get us both new bikes.
I rode the old bike both as a serious camping/touring bike with normal road bars and as a commuter with upright flat bars. And a standard brooks pro. I think that position and weight on the bars probably made the pro so comforatble and the flat bars so uncomforable.
I dont ever remember my ass hurting - but the flat bars did not work for me for anything but around town. I am more comfortable with my thumbs looped over the brake hood, or on the flats, sometimes the drops of the road bar. I liked being able to move around. I would not mind a simpler shifting system (always had to trim the front cage when changing the back gears and the old Rally derailleur requires some finesse and good timing to shift) and a more upright position than on the old bike but am concerned the hybrid frame may be TOO upright and the single hand position bars too limiting. For my husband - he always liked the upright and had the wide brooks saddle with springs
I have been spinning at the gym 80rpm getting ready again and hate the wide-ass seat on that bike.
So recommendations for (a) the cost point for a decent bike (b) hybrid or non hybrid alternatives? (c) good suggestions. Thanks.
Oh, I put the question here and not in the hybrid section because I think returning older bike riders may have a unique perspective......................