Hi All...my first post here.
I'm almost 27 and I haven't ridden in forever, but it's time to get my fat ass in shape! No, I'm not really that fat, so don't picture a 300 lb dude breaking his computer chair, I just have grown a belly and really want to get addicted to biking (6'1", 210 lbs). Anyway, around my home, I'll be riding on some trails (some paved, some not) and there probably won't be a lot of hills, and I'll also be riding my bike to run errands that are within five to seven miles one way (on the road, obviously) WHENEVER POSSIBLE. BUT, my wife and I like to camp and go hiking on trails, so I definitely want to be able take this thing on mountain trails. Now I certainly don't think I'll be doing CRAZY jumps or even get to the point where I'll be taking it to go up really steep trails, but I want the bike to be able to handle some rough stuff from time to time if necessary.
SO, should I get a mountain bike or a hybrid? I was looking at the Trek 7100 hybrid ($309 at local bike shop (price includes 5-year warranty on frame and free adjustments for life), which looked pretty cool, but then I was at Dick's and saw a pretty cool K2 mountain bike (forget the model) with disc brakes for around $250. Will a mountain bike be that much slower on the road or uncomfortable? I don't expect to be making any 20 mile road trips, but you never know what could happen. Oh yeah, I'm not looking to spend a lot of money right now...the highest I would go is $350 but I'd like to stay below or right at $300.