Hi. This is my first post, but I have been reading and learning for awhile now. I purchased a Giant Sedona comfort bike for riding on bike paths pulling my kids in a Burley D'Lite about a month ago. We are finding that we enjoy it far more than we expected!
I have started riding on the shop rides and even attempted a "Novice" road ride last week. The shop has been unbelievably helpful.
My problem is that I am wanting to try a different bike that this shop does not sell. I am finding that I am not off of trails at all and would like something a little more road-friendly. I don't think I will be off-road enough to need the mountain style comfort. Yet, I won't be doing a whole lot of serious road riding since I don't want to take the kids on the road. Mostly, I want to take 12-20 mile trips through the neighborhood and on the bike paths in the neighboring town and then do the novice road ride with the group once a week (24 miles). Eventually, I may want to try something longer like a charity ride, but I am quite overweight from having the two kids and need to work on shedding that.
I have ridden a Trek 7.5 FX and absolutely loved it! The mountain frame and gearing seem perfect for the bike paths and the granny gear looks good for helping me get up the hills. The skinny 700c tires roll so well on the road! The competitor store carries it, but since I am doing the rides through the other shop and they have been so helpful, I have not been able to bring myself to order one. What have you done in this situation?