My wife is going to buy me a new bicycle for a (albeit late) Christmas present.
I want the bike mainly for excercise on the weekends. I live in the South Bay area of Los Angeles and will using it to ride at the beach, around town and in Palos Verdes (I hope).
I was considering a MTB because I'm a fairly big guy 6'1" 220 and I know I'll probably go up and down curbs etc. But since although I would like to try some mountain riding realistically I won't be doing much of that more than dirt road etc I am considering a hybrid bike because of it's sturdy MTB bike type frame, riding style and yet mid thickness tires.
Specifically I am considering the Trek 7500 or 7300. Will those bikes handle up and down curbs and an occasionaly dirt road or trail?
I am not experienced biker other than the tons of commuting miles I put on my Schwinn cruiser during high school and college.
The only other option I am thinking of is getting a Mountain bike and making it street ready.
What do you think?