Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Home alone
Bikes: Trek 4300 X 2. Trek 1000, Trek 6000
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My Dad bought a Navigator last Fall and it is perfect for him. It is very upright and immediately comfortable. The drawback to it, is that it is not going to be very fast. Maybe you don't want to go fast but make sure before you buy.
If you end up riding paved roads with someone that has a road bike, you will be left in the dust. I always recommend that people start on a mountain bike. The reason is that most people are like you and come into cycling with no idea what they really prefer, be it riding on paved roads, unpaved roads, or off road.
The mountain bike is the only one that is good at all of the above. You can put slick, skinny tires on it and go for a road ride with a road bike group and be only slightly slower than a comparable rider. YOu can put 2.0 semi slicks on it and go for a long ride on rough unpaved roads, or you can put aggressively knobbied tires on it and go off road. LBS reps tell you that hybrids are the ticket for this, because they are supposed to be a "hybrid" of all of these things.
Log a couple thousand miles on a rough gravel road on a hybrid and then report back. You'll be lucky to still have all of your teeth. To me the mountain bike is THE most versatile bike and will always be my favorite. I have owned a hybrid, road and mountain bikes over the years.