newbie here saying hello, and asking for bike choice advice
i havent cycled for years and want to get some done for fitness. so perhaps a bike for going by the river at weekends, or going to the park, maybe do some events like a london to brighton, or something like that.
i am not sold on the idea of road cycling, as i think it might be a bit dangerous, but who knows, maybe i will try it and like it.
so i have been doing a lot of reading, and have decided to get a condor terra x, hopefully it can have mud guards fitted if the weather demands it, and a small luggage bag over the back seat, thats possible (i think :s). i also like the idea i can chose my color and other options if i go with condor.
i feel that it will give the best of both worlds, be able to do some road and some off road.
so, please tell me why, if there is any reason you feel that i should not get this bike. please tell me what you would get instead, and why?
I bought a flat bar hybrid bike with the same reasoning and now I never ride it. I ended up buying a road bike which I love and a mountain bike which I also love. A hybrid will do it all comfortably but won't do either as well as a bike specifically designed for the type of riding you are doing. If you can only get one bike a hybrid bike will be a great compromise.
Pretty costly bike for someone who hasn't ridden in years
"i haven't cycled for years"
I looked up the bike you mention because it is not a common one here in the US and was rather surprised at the cost - £799.99 which equates to US$1,328 for just the frameset alone, not the complete bike. It is a very nice hand-built frame. I've come across a lot of friends who, knowing how much I enjoy cycling, thought that it might be nice to get back on a bike after years of not riding one. I have helped them get a bike but would never suggest one of them buy anything so expensive unless they were absolutely sure they were going to use it a lot. As I ride around the town I where I live, I see many bikes just sitting in garages and which rarely get ridden. It might be wiser to find a decent bike costing a lot less to find out if will ride it. Otherwise it may end up a costly mistake.