new bike needed, trek 2300 hurts too much
So I see there are lots of queries about what kind of bikes, sorry to add to the list. I own 2 bikes already, a hybrid for commuting and a trek 2300 (both 10-12 years old). Both make my knees, shoulder, and wrists hurt when riding, now that I am 45+ and have been pregnant several times. So I need a new bike. I used to ride 40-80 miles per week and do 300 mile weeklong trips in the summer, but with kids I am mostly doing 6-8 miles at a time on the bike paths, and hoping to do more as we build up the older kid's stamina. I considered recumbents or Giant Revive, but I will need to haul a trailer or kiddie-tandem for the next 4-5 years, so those frames are no good. Have settled on the option of getting a $4-600 bike I can use for the next 5 years, and then once the youngest kid is on her own a recumbent. I have test ridden several bikes: fitness-hybrid, comfort-hybrid, and comfort (electra townie). The only one that feels good and makes me smile when riding is the comfort, but it is so heavy, and I really don't care about the cushy seat. I guess I am grimacing at the thought of a comfort bike, but I really don't want to lean on my hands at all. I am planning to test ride a Giant Suede and Trek Sole Ride soon. Any comments on bike styles or finding a higher quality bike with comfort geometry would be appreciated.