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Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: From Sarasota, FL sitting in front of a computer spewing random thoughts!
Bikes: Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
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Well, comfort bikes are merely modified (specialized) mountain bikes.
Since so much of your riding is on-road and as you described, I would recommend a comfort bike. I will add however, that 57 isn't OLD, and my 63 year old Father-in-law is an avid mtn. biker and can ride some pretty trechorous (sp?) stuff. So it all depends on how you intend to use the bike.
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