I'm not sure where to post this, so have put it in here for now.
Firstly, Hi! I'm new to the forum and have noticed a wealth of information, so hopefully I'll be able to get some great advice too.
I currently have a Claude Butler Mountain Bike.... approximately 10 years old. It is in pretty good condition, and does the job for my quarter of a mile commute to work!
However, I would like to upgrade my bike... either by getting a dedicate bike, or a second hand frame and changing the wheels etc.
My current bike doesn't shift gears very well, I think the cable needs adjusting and the tyres need replacing.
I'm interested in either a touring bike or a hybrid bike as I will be using it to commute to work, but also for bike rides with the wife, but I want the freedom of being able to go on much longer bike rides by myself. My current bike just isn't up to that because of the lack of working gears and it just seems to have become a lot of effort to ride over the years.
So, any advice for pointing me in the right direction? Would a good place to start be to just change tyres and upgrade/sort out my existing bike (which would obviously be cheaper), or get a second hand frame of a tourer etc...
I am a total newbie to all of this, so I'm sorry if some of what I've said makes no sense.