I have searched the archives and read all the posts regarding hybrids vs. road bikes, including the brand new one that was posted today. 1.) I just want to vent (or whine) and 2.) for the other person (noob) who is trying to make the decision between hybrid and road... I want to say this much
I feel really stupid now. I am the proud/befuddled owner of a brand new, Trek 7.5FX WSD 15" bike which is absolutely beautiful, but...
I started riding about 2 months ago. Averaging 20 miles per weekend and finding out that I absolutely love it and it is the best form of exercise for me without having to feel like I HATE exercise because it is so much fun.
I signed up for the Tour de Pink and started riding longer distances, pushing myself. I was on a Mongoose MTB (actually belonging to my daughter) which was heavy and lethargic and my dear sweet husband had put "Slime" tires on it! But I was plugging away at it and loving it especially after taking the MTB tires off and putting road tires on it. Decided I would buy myself a good bike. Started shopping, asking questions, trying out different rides on short parking lot "test rides".
Everyone told me that with 2 ruptured discs in my back and the back pain I would experience from long distance riding, that I would definitely want to get a hybrid. So that was where I put my focus.
Made the Tour de Pink this weekend on my brand new(only had for a week now) hybrid, rode with my 12 year old son (therefore not nearly the speed I would liked to have run) and lo and behold, we get back to start and my lower back hurts, my hands are irritated from being in (for the most part) the same position the majority of the time and now I'm thinking, was this a dumb choice or what?
The bike is feather light to me, I love everything else about it, and it is definitely a speedy little number. But is it the bike, is it the fit, is it the way I ride, or have I just made a HUGE mistake buying a flat bar bike that doesn't allow me to change positions much?
From reading the archives here at BF and the number of times the question has been asked, Hybrid or Road? I have come to the conclusion that it is such a variable related question and depends far too much on the individual person/rider for a "forum" to be able to answer the question in any cut and dried fashion. But, that said, I still can't help but wonder if I purchased a bike that is too small for me? Maybe I'm not riding in the right position? It did seem I was a little more stretched out on daughter's old MTB....
I am a petite 5'2" female and I bought the WSD 15" and the LBS manager even "fitted" me. I just don't feel confident that I made a good choice and I'm wondering if I should go back and trade it in, and if I do, what I should trade it in on?
Any suggestions on what I should do first? It really bites being so new at this and not being able to test ride a LOT of bikes on a long ride to be absolutely certain that what you are buying is really going to be comfortable after 20 miles.