HI from Santa Barbara 55+
Just moved to the Santa Barbara area a few months ago from Southern IL. Started riding while back in IL last year on the Madison County, IL MTC trails after not riding for many (won't say how many) years. Desk job had me getting overweight, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc. Told the doc I wanted to take up riding, he's an avid road cyclist, said that would probably solve a lot of my problems. Skip the statins buy a bike. See him in 6 months. Picked up a vintage Lotus 3000M mountain bike at a local pawn shop, got it back in shape for riding, then started on the trails. Dropped 30 pounds and my cholesterol 20 points. 8-12 mile rides during the week, up to doing 25 mile rides on the weekends.
Now in the Santa Barbara area, have been doing short 6-8 mile rides during the week. First long road ride (ok, not all that long, about 16 miles) in the hills near Solvang last weekend. That old Lotus totally inadequate, about worn out I think despite my best efforts to keep it going. Suntour drive train about shot. Also with the current mountain gearing at best will get about 16-18 mph out of it on the flats. Looking at new bikes, can't decide between road such as Giant Defy, Raleigh Revinio or maybe a cyclocross bike like Kona Jake. Do maybe want to do light touring, definitely stretch the distances to more than 16 miles. Test rode all 3, more of a road vs cross for light touring, commuting to work or lunch short rides. Any suggestions would help, maybe bike I hadn't thought of?
Either way, glad to be back riding,