I am a 50+ aspiring bike rider after some 30+ years of no biking (or any other sports for that matter!).. was busy recovering from a few back surgeries over that time.
So, I thought I should get an upright oriented hybrid. Tried a whole heap of them, but somehow found myself more excited about the higher end lighter weight more sporty ones, which is this is the opposite of what I thought I should buy. Aint that crazy?
So, after almost deciding to go with either a Fuji absolute 1.0 or a Specialized Comp, I was at a store that carried a 2012 Fuji robix 2.0 or roubaix 2.0 (sorry, don't remember the exact name) with a nice discount. So, I thought what the heck, let me try it. For the few minutes I rode it (since the store was closing) it felt very light, fast, simple different. When I stopped, I almost fell down every time, whereas this didn't happen when trying a hybrid, but it felt so sleek and cool :-)
So, I am now utterly confused as to what to get. I will ride the bike for exercise, on a paved trail. I may be too afraid to ride in the streets so may prefer the side walk instead. So, should that lead me to buy the hybrid? would the road bike hurt my back on the long run?