"Old & Slow Rider"
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Colorado Springs, CO.
Bikes: 2005 Fuji Monterey Comfort/Hybrids
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I've taken my "Fuji Monterey" Comfort/Hybrid bicycle just about anywhere the riders in the club take their "mountain bicycles", except for the "really narly single track" trail and that's only because my "snake belly tread tires" aren't grippy enough!! I think you'd find a top line comfort bike, (triple chainwheel, 8-9 cog freewheel), would be perfect for your kind of riding and since your only going to ride "once a week" and pull a burley (trailer with kids), I think a mountain bike is bit of "over kill", JMHO.
You can put on a bit "knobbyer" tire for more traction or like me, look into buying a different set of "wheel's for strictly paved road riding". I think the comfort bicycle get's a bad rap, all I know is that I've done all the "dirt/concrete/asphalt' paths in the area here in Colorado Springs, CO. and I haven't found anything yet, my comfort/hybrid can't handle with ease! Now, my bike uses a 1.95 "fat tire" not the "thin 700C" tires on some of the comfort/hybrids. LOL, the top of the line comfort bicycles are tougher than they look and make a "MUCH" better pure road bicycle than a MNT. bike, again, JMHO. I'm 6 foot 0 inches with a 31 in. inseam and I ride a "20 inch" frame with 26 inch wheels. Leg length has a lot more to do with frame size than just "overall height", my guess would be in the area of a "23 inch" frame for someone of your height. Still the best way is to "have a shop" fit a bike to you.
Either way, I bet you start riding more than once a week, it's just too much FUN not too!!