I am a 47 male 200lbs 6 '1". I ran to get in shape but never liked it.
So I took out my old 80's ten speed, I hit the pavement a few weeks back and loved how fast and light it felt compared to my "pig" of (I guess that's the lingo) a MTB I used to ride because that was the thing to have ( from what they told me) Remembr I'm from the 80's and 70's the big thing for me was either the single speed or the 10 speed
So like many, that I am sure can relate to, my butt an knees started to hurt. Plus trying to learn to shift with stem mounted shifters.
After a week of self torture I went to youtube and found a few videos to help fit your bike to you.
So after making the following "correct" adjustments, my butt and knees didn't hurt after 2 weeks of steady riding. (steady by me is under 6 miles a day everyday)
One day I am down in my drops feeling I'm going 50 MPH on the flats (which I know i'm not) when a road racer out of nowhere came beside me and passed me like I was standing still. Bad thing of it is he was upright changing his shirt one hand on the bar drinking water and barely peddling.
I thought WTF?! So I thought, I'll show him by racing him or least keep pace with him
I thought he can have all that new fangled 21st century technology, my 80's equipment is is just as good.
I mean a bikes a bike right?! 2 wheels and a frame.
So I put in the it in the biggest gear on my bike which is 53/14 and I'm grunting like a constipated bear trying to close the gap and this guy still in his upright postion on his road bike and hes hardly peddling and gets farther and farther away. He makes few curves in the road and vanishes and hes like freakin 1 mile ahead of me!
So after putting my lungs back in and feeling defeated and humbled by my 80's technology I rode the rest of the way thinking how can he be freakin so fast?! I can understand if he was just pumping his legs and racing but he wasnt.
So the research began on why this guy was so fast. Slowly I began to realize that gearing was the big part it but other things as well.
I love my 80's bike I love how "light" it is and how fast I can go.
So I went to the bike store and almost had a heart attack at the prices on some of the bikes! 1k to 6k (for a freakin bike!)
I know a lot has to to do with marketing. Most parts are made by the same company just different paint and stickers on them and higher prices.
I figured if my 80's ten speed lasted this long with it's old technology.Then all this modern stuff no matter if it is bottom of the line it will be better than what i got now and last long after I am gone.
So I said to the salesperson. I want to get out of the 80''s and into the 21st century said I dont know anything if the drive train is the best drive train or the new composite frames, shifters etc etc.... blah blah blah I am looking for a bike, I am not going to do off road or dirt trails . I'm not going to enter road races or steep hill climbing.
I am looking for speed (did I mention how I liked going fast?) and physical fitness for a good workout. I will be riding on pavement and a few rolling hills.
Also I dont want have to get 2 more jobs to pay for it
I told I like the road bike I have now but I WOULD like to have more leverage with the handle bars.
( I never road a modern road bike so I dont know if the drops changes all that much.
at the store I put my hands on the bars and seem like any other drops they didnt seem any wider than the ones I have now.)
He showed my this hybrid called 2011 Specialized Sirrus Sport with a flatbar with Ergos handgrips (LOVE THE FEEL OF THEM IN MY HAND) for $549 (Is that a good price?! )
When I road tested it, I was amazed! It was like night and day. I actually felt I could have gone 50mph. The gearing is 48/39/28 T 12-25 cassette only problem I could only ride it around in the parking lot. So I couldnt go on a straight -a -way
(to me that doesnt seem big enough to get me the fast speed I want. Since Im used to 53/40t 14-26. I'm afraid I will just spin my grears adn wont go anywhere.)
I liked the Sirrus Sport, now people are talking about the Trek 7.3 Hybrid is also as a good bike. I havent rode a newer road bike I still like the speed of a road bike.
So with all this info I have now, comes the hard part. What to get!
Is the speed that you can go with a road bike compared to a hybrid really all different?! Are we just talking a few MPH between the two?
I know about being aero dynamic but for what I am doing for just speed an fitness just by lowering myself using the flat bar get me out of the head wind or going downhill or going fast on a straight- a -way be good enough?
I would like to hear from others on what they prefer, road or hybrid that are only in it for speed and fitness.
Also, what is a good hybrid for $500 more or less ? Specialized Sirrus Sport, Trek 7.3 or someother comparable brand ?
Thank you for your time