I'm getting ready to get back into biking after about a 15 year break. My last bike was a mountain oriented hybrid I got back in '92 or '93, Specialized Cross something. It came with a mountain bikish frame and 700 x 45c tires. It was a true compromise not great in the dirt or the road, but good enough at both and I loved it so much! I'm kicking myself for getting rid of it years ago. It was a tank that I took to places I really shouldn't have. Chiva Falls if you are familiar with the area around Tucson, Az.
So I've been to the LBS and trolled a few forums and I've noticed that most hybrids seem to lean more toward street riding (not judging just an observation). Also, when I ask about off road capabilities the sales guys try to steer me to mountain bikes. I don't really know why but that just doesn't seem to fit for me. Some of is I don't completely identify with that lifestyle either (again not judging).
My question is: Really what can I expect from a modern hybrid? I'm looking at the Specialized Crosstrail Sport Disc. I'm leaning that way because
- They are the only manufacturer who specifically mentions riding their bike on a single track
- I have had great experiences with them in the past. Yes, the far distant past.
- It reminds me of the bike I once loved.
I'm not completely delusional , I don't expect to do major jumps or leap tall buildings in a single bound. I would like to look in every direction and not see any sign of civilization once in a while. I also want to be able to commute 2-3 times a week in civilization in the bike lane and a really nice paved bike the city of Tucson made, about 12 miles each way total. Also I'm 230 pounds, not including a bike. I'm 41 now, even though sometimes I forget and pay for it. I can only afford 1 bike at a time. I know I have to make compromises but I would like to be a little quick on the street too.
What are your thoughts?
Any other bikes I should look at?