Hello All - Someone gave my wife and I a pair of discount store offroad/hybrid style bikes for Christmas this year. At first we were both of the sentiment - what are we going to do with a pair of bikes? However, much to our surprise after a few 7 - 8 mile rides we actually really enjoy it.
We are starting the process of looking into higher quality bikes at some point in the future and I'm trying to get some guidance. We live on the northern gulf coast and the area is almost totally flat. So far the riding we have done is mostly on asphalt, but we would like bikes that we can take anywhere we decide without worrying (understanding that serious offroad/downhill riding is not in out future nor is serious distance riding). We usually ride with our 2 year old on the back of one of the bikes in a seat. I envision this as more of a family hobby than a serious passion - but who knows.
At this point I am inclined towards some type of hybrid style bike but know nothing about which manufactures to pursue. Like I said I'm a complete newbie to the world of biking so please be patient. Any advice or guidance will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.