I am Diana. I lived several years in Washington DC as a newlywed poor graduate student and used a bike all the time. Then I came back, got a job, had kids, got fat , had a serious neck injury, developed carpal tunnel and stopped biking. Now my oldest kid is 5 and is a bike enthusiast so I want to get back to biking.
Back in my student years I went back and forth from mountain bike to so-called hybrid bikes and I was never happy with either. As I am very short and started riding late in life I prefer mountain bikes as I find them easier to maneuver, but I always end up being convinced to get something "faster". My last bike in DC was a man's Trek 720 (I think the granddad of the 7200) in a 13in frame and it was OK. It was stolen so I bought the closest thing, a woman's trek 7200, size 14.5 and I don't like it. Maybe it's the years off the bike but it feels huge and not very easy to maneuver in tight corners. I can still exchange it, but I'm not sure for what. I still think the best for me would be a simple mountain bike with no suspension, and probably change the tires. I know they're slower, but I don't think my 5 year old will go very fast in his 16" wheeler any time soon.
Between Crystal River and Hernando, Florida, 6 miles west of the Withlacoochee Trail
I've had several since 1999 but have settled on my beloved 2001 Litespeed Tuscany and my latest, a 2013 Cannondale CAAD 10.
Welcome to BikeForums. If you can return the bike, ask the shop owner what hard-tail mountain bike s/he has in your size. If the shop has one you like swap the tires for slicks or semi-slicks and you're good to go.
Thanks for your replies. I will go tomorrow to try out different bikes. I am convinced that something with a 26 inch tire is the best for me.
Bajadock, I ended up here because my husband got a job here, like 4 years ago. I got my bike in San Diego, in the Eastlake Trek bike to be exact.
I see you're in Ensenada, so you must know that most things are way more expensive this side of the border. For repairs there's something decent here where I live (Playas). Riding around here is another reason why I consider a mountain bike, you know pavement around here is sometimes worst than some trails.
Agreed on the need for a tough bike for most of the rough pavement and dirt/rock roads here in Baja.
But, my need for speed and distance brought my road bike out of 5 year retirement. Road to La Bufadora in my neighborhood is smooth and I have the traffic educated on providing me room. Getting ready for April 17 Rosarito to Ensenada ride. Often ride Free Road hills between Ensenada and La Mision.
Diana, I retired in 2005 and moved to Ensenada in '06. Exercise, cooking, reading, music, kayaks, boat and http://golf4ninos.wordpress.com/ is my philanthropic effort.