Use to ride all the time as a kid and recently started jogging down some paths round my way to try and get back in shape. Seeing all those nice bikes flyin past me got me to thinking that i'd like to do some riding of my own. There are alot of nice bike paths to explore too so most of my riding would be on these trails.
So i'm looking at two bikes that I like which are the following.
Trek 7.3 fx
and the Marin Muirwood
Now the gearing aspects are all foreign to me but between the two bikes I see that they are the same. I'm looking for something that is fairly fast but that will also help me up those hills untill I get my stamina back.
I had used my Brother in law's cheap mountain bike to go on a nice ride last weekend and noticed that even in the fastest gears I was still slow and had to pedal like crazy to keep up a good speed.
I went to a local bike shop and the guy was kinda pushy and not that helpful. He kept tryin to put me on some HUGE hybrid that I had trouble even standing on. I felt like I was riding an SUV of the bike world. I mean they felt nice and comfortable and all but I'm looking for more of an agressive, somewhat fast, fitness type bike. I guess cuz he saw that I'm a fairly tall/big guy he wanted to put me on such a big bike (I'm 6ft tall). That's where I saw the Muirwood but they only had it in the 17" and he was telling me it was too small to me even though it felt pretty good to me. But if I do go with the Muirwood I would go with the 18.5".
Any input would be greatly appreciated.