I'm a little confused on what I should get....
Hi, I've been riding everyday for heart health for about 3 months rather than walking on the walking trail. I'm 48 years old, 6' 1" and currently 188 lbs. I now ride an older GT Pantera MTB w/18.5" frame and a handle bar change that extends forward and up from the original. I was told by a LBS that this bike is too small for me, he seen me on it with the original handle bar which was awkward for me to ride. Anyway, I ride about 30% paved roads and 70% gravel roads that are very hilly and has a lot of wash board surface. This wash board road surface combined with the speed of going down hills in excess of 30 MPH is hard on my body. These roads have some pretty sharp turns at the bottom of some of these hills, and I need to be able to hang these turns in excess of 30MPH as well. I kind of want to keep my speed from going down because most of the time I have to climb another hill right afterwards. I was thinking of geting a DS MTB and run across this Hybrid section. I'm wondering if maybe this is what I should consider over a MTB. One thing for sure is I currently don't know anything about front shocks and I'm not sure if the one on this GT bike is any good or not, nor do I know how to go about checking or adjusting it. Please offer me any advise you feel would be helpful for me. Thanks: John