Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Dayton, Ohio
Bikes: 1975 Full Campy N.R. Centurian Super Lemans,1984 Focus Vintage pre susp. mountain, hardtail,suntour xc sport, many treks, diamondbacks, and, 1950' crusier J.C.Higgins,triex (road) and kakakura silk (road)
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From what you describe, your riding style sounds like the hybrid style.
That style, to put it simply, would use a hardtail mountain bike with smooth city tires,
upright stem, bars with slight rise, and optional shock fork.Trek makes many great comfort bikes built for riding around that don't break the bank.You don't need the shock fork but it's not bad to have either.
Stay away from full suspension bikes, they are tanks, designed for one purpose, going downhill very fast at break neck speed. Then, they can't even make it to the top again.
Road bikes are for the serious racer, triathelete, or cross country long distance rider who tours ,with 60 pounds of gear. The Aero-position is not for every one,especially those with back problems.
Specialized is a great company with great customer service,and people friendly products. Both they and Trek have the bike for you. A hybrid, city commuter, comfort style mountain bike.
Last edited by king koeller; 06-27-05 at 08:09 AM.