I'm fairly new to cycling, though not new to riding a bike.
I'm looking into getting a mountain bike, as they can be had at a cheaper cost then a road bike, from what I've seen. Then I'll get some nice road tires and start training to getting in shape for some easy flat rides in the area. I'm hoping to get to do a circumnavigation of Tahoe at the end of September.
At any rate, my main question is, would a mountain bike be suitable as a hybrid mountain/road bike? Is there anything I can do to make it a comfortable bike for short distance road rides? (I'm assuming something like 50 miles is a short distance.)
If not, I'll just have to make due until I can get the funds together for a entry level road bike, and for go any rides until that point.