I am the the original owner of this Gary Fisher Marlin, I purchased it in the late 90's (maybe 97-98), but before TREK was involved I think. Anyway it saw a decent amount of trail riding in my 20's. Then it was mostly a recreational bike for cruising the boardwalk (it still looked pretty nice with the original white tires). Years of living near the ocean rusted some parts, but she is still road worthy.
These days I'm just teaching my 6yr old son to ride. Mostly short suburban neighborhood rides and I want to bring him on light trails/parks maybe later this year. Of course I may go out my own now and again for some light trail riding. My bike needs some help though! The forward posture is annoying for the slower, leisurely rides you are forced to take with a small kid! I also hate the replacement tires I purchased from the local bike store. They were supposed to be Hybrid tires (slick in the middle), but I felt the original tires were much more comfortable in any situation.
I'm very handy but I just need ideas, because I don't have a lot of experience with different bikes parts, geometry and how to make it all come together. I'm thinking new neck, handlebars, seat, pedals, and tires. I could always do something with the fork later on (it's pretty shot but not annoyingly so). I know I could prob get some new cheap bike, but I hate heavy bikes and this frame fits me well.
Can anyone offer some suggestions to make this into hybrid that would fit my current needs?