I am looking at moving to a hybrid type bike after riding mountain bikes for several years. I used to ride trails and hills but for the last few years its bike paths and mostly paved bike paths. My riding will be 90% paved bike path/road and 10% crushed limestone bike path. Primarily with friends or for some exercise. With the right bike I would even commute to work-its 15 miles each way.
Looking for a hybrid I can sit upright on as I get a sore back when bent over leaned out on my mountain bike or a road bike for long rides.
Test rode bikes like Trek 7000 and 7300, Specialized Crossroad, etc. Also looked at more fitness bikes like the 7.2 FX or a Canonndale Quick. Like the lighter weight of the fitness bikes but would like to sit up straight. Do not think I need the shock that some hybrids come with.
Wondering if it is possible to get something like a 7.2 or a Quick and change out the stem to an taller adjustable stem so I could ride upright?
I really like the upright riding position of something like a 7000 but wondered if it is possible to mod a fitness bike it to ride totally upright.
Could not get a straight answer from the one bike shop guy I talked to.
Is the do-able? Is it advisable? Or would raising it not work on the frame geometry?
If it is not I think I might just get the Trek 7000. Entry level-yes, but no suspension so lighter.