I have known how to ride a ride since I was 7... Ever since I was like 13, I've been riding a Huffy mountain bike. It was great when I was younger, (and in better shape) ... especially because I would mainly go on flat surfaces, and occasionally a few hills out in the country.
I am now 26, and still have that Huffy... and I feel like I Huff and Puff every time I ride it...especially when I've tried to go up hills at Forest Park in STL, and near my work. I have had to get off every time and walk it up hill while still trying to catch my breath.
Yes, not as in good shape as before, but still... the bike is HEAVY!
So, I come to you all for help...
I've been researching bikes and never knew there was so much! It's like more intense than looking for a car!
I can still use my mountain bike for rocky trails on occasion, so ...
Here's what I want a bike for:
*commuting to work, grocery store, etc. ( a few miles each way)
* able to pick up my bike with ease for carrying up steps from Metro link trainsystem
*general riding around the city... on paved roads (around 10-20 miles at least)
*light trail riding (Katy Trail in MO, limestone (i think it's called) walking/bike trails.)
*uphill riding on pavement without getting off my bike.
*I'm 5'2", female..so something good for short people/a woman if that matters
* capable for a bike rack on back for a crate/bag for groceries etc.
I've generally heard form people I've talked to that I should get a hybrid bike for my purposes. I did read today though, that hybrids still have smooth wheels?! Is this true... because I thought I've seen them with tread on them. I had looked into road bikes, mainly for the light weight frame and components, but I was told at a store that you can't put medium thickness tires on, but I could get a road bike, not really with thicker tires, but ones that still had enough tread for light trails.
I'm so confused on all of this! Plus, I don't want to buy something not right for me, or something not worth my money. I was budgeting around $300/400 (cheaper if possible) for a really nice used bike for now, or I'd buy something new if cheap enough.
I saw something called a Terry Susan B for sale for $350 the other day, gently used.. but I haven't seen much info on it, other than hybrid, made only for women with specific geometries, for a short person like me, normally $740. Worth it?
Please give me tips/suggestions on bikes you think would be good for my needs, and possibly within my price range, new or used. I know I could afford Trek's etc if used, but new they'd be too much.
Thanks so much!!!!!