Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: East Florida
Bikes: '66 Raleigh Superbe, 80 Nishiki Maxima, 07 Gary Fisher Utopia, 09 Surly LHT
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To get up the hills, pretty much anything with a triple on the front will do. That could be a mountain bike, hybrid, touring, or road triple. A road triple will tend to be lighter, if that's a big issue (If you're not racing seriously, small differences in weight are not a big deal. The difference in performance based on a pound or two is pretty slim). All those other bikes might end up being more comfy than the road bike. So, it's a trade-off.
Most newer road bikes have brifters. You can tell if you see a small extra lever behind the brake lever. Again, it's a trade-off. They cost more, and sometimes need more maintenance than downtube, bar-end shifters, etc.
Used bikes are like used cars; prices and conditions are all over the place. If you have a friend or relative that knows bikes, that is willing to patiently help you look, you might end up getting a good deal. But, it's not easy.
If I was in your spot, I would try for a touring bile. It is a great all-around choice that can cover most of what you want. It would tend to be more comfy and reliable than a road bike, yet faster than some mountain or hybrids. Good luck.
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