I'm finally in the market for a new bike. I've been riding a Novara Metro C since I was about 11. I'm 19 now and it's time to upgrade. For the most part I do bike path/around city/ some light off road riding, both local and long distance 20+ mile rides. I'm a female, weigh about 120, 5'1.
I like the idea of a hybrid since that's what I have right now but I'm having a tough time finding a new bike that doesn't have the infernal dropped or step over top tube. I want a regular bike, with a regular top tube, but men's bikes in my frame size (17" or maybe 18") tend to be too long in the top tube.
So I started thinking about looking at mountain frames and swapping the tires out for "city" tires unless I plan to seriously offroad that day. Is this a terrible idea?
My budget is probably $500 and under. I took a look at the Kona Lanai and Fire Mountain and they seemed like really nice bikes for that price range. Also looked at the trek 4300 and 4500.
Anyone own one of these bikes and can tell me anything about it? or know of any hybrid or mountain bikes that would be good for me to check out?
Thanks in advance!