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Originally Posted by michael.hendric
My wife and I are in pretty good shape. Running is getting too hard on our joints (not that we are old). We both enjoy bicycling very much. We both know that they can get very expensive. Before we go there, we want to see how much use they will get. I have no idea where to start. My wife would like to find some sort of hybrid. We will be riding on the roads a little, bicycle paths mostly, and maybe some light trail riding. Any advice or guidance would be appreciated?
I would test ride a wide variety of bikes before choosing one. Hybrids are okay but if you plan to do a lot of riding you'll outgrow them and want something better.
You say you enjoy cycling very much; what have you ridden in the past?
A hybrid or a fitness bike would suit you well for your indicated riding needs. A Giant FCR or Trek FX or Specialized Sirrus is an example of a fitness bike. Narrower road tires mean you go faster but still have enough rubber to keep you comfortable. A geometry similar to a mtb.; more upright than a roadie but not as upright as a cruiser/comfort bike. My wife rides the Trek 7.5FX and has no troubles on dirt/gravel roads or pavement. Much faster than her hybrid, too.
The front suspension on a hybrid isn't really necessary. It mostly adds weight and robs power. The upright geometry is comfortable but not the most efficient for fast and/or long riding.
If you like road bikes but feel they aren't comfortable enough, try a cyclocross style bike or something like a Specialized Roubaix or Trek Pilot.
If you do opt for a mountain bike, get some road friendly tires. They wil be safer, faster, quieter on the roads. Knobbies aren't needed unless you are riding in mud or soft dirt.