I'm new to bikes. I've recently started riding a friends old bike to ride with him. It's great fun and a good workout. I'm trying to figure out which bike to buy. I went to my local bike shop and received great help in learning some things and looking at selection. I thought I'd ask a couple questions here to get opionions from several people.
I primarily at the moment ride the bike on concrete (my friend's old bike is a Road Bike). But there are some trails that I would like to be able to take the bike on in addition to concrete riding--nothing extreme, just dirt and tree roots etc. So A hybrid bike seemed like the best choice for me. The main purpose of the bike is cardiovascular fitness training and a fun workout. If you think I'd be better served with a Road or Mountain bike, please tell.
The bike shop said he mostly sells disc brakes on Mountain bikes and hybrids generally don't need them. But he showed me a couple hybrids with discs. Some of the big hills I go down on concrete scare me and I'm wondering if having disc brake control will be safer. Plus if it rains etc., would disc brakes be safer or are they not really necessary unless you're mountain biking? Disc brakes do require additional maintenance and expense and add weight to bike I was told.
The shop showed me a Specialized and a Kona bike. Any comments on these brands?