Hi, folks. I'm not sure if this post belongs here or in one of the other forumd, but here goes.
I'm a 42-y/o man, and I haven't ridden a bike in 20-to-25 years. I have to say, the old adage is *false*. Youu can, indeed, forget how to ride a bike! Allow me explain.
Two days ago, when I got it in my head that I wanted to get a bike for exercize, I went to my local bike shop. The salesman asked what I intend to use the bike for, and I told him there's a local dirt trail for bikers that I'd use, as well as well as riding back & forth between my apartment & my parents' place (1.5-to-3 miles from me), around town, etc. and that, based on research I'd done on the Web, a hybrid bike would likely suit my needs. The salesman politely disagreed and instead, recommended mountain bikes (in general) because a hybrid wouldn't do well on a dirt bike trail. Taking his advice, I found that my 'bike suze' is 17-inch frame/26-inch wheels. Two days ago, I felt a little wobbily on a Giant Boulder SE 17/26; yesterday, I tested a Gary Fisher Tarpon 18/26...again feeling wobbily, but managing. Of the two, the Tarpon felt like a better, smoother ride. I have a hard time calling it a true mountain bike, though, because it was so smoothe.
So, based on my intended use description and experiences above, should I still be looking for a mountain bike, or should I go with a hybrid? Can anyone recommend bikes for me? I'm on a tight, 100% Disability income budget (say, $300 max. for the bike), and the Jeep line of bikes (actually made by Jeep?) look *very* attractive as a first bike in over 20 years.
Thanks for any assistance.