I'm looking for something to replace my old Schwinn Varsity 3-spd, which did not have the upright riding position I need. I have ridden several bikes, and am waiting for the LBS to get in a Raleigh Coasting bike (auto 3 spd gear) in a large frame for a test ride. But, when I rode the medium frame on this bike, it seemed heavier than the other two I rode (Electra Townie 3 & Specialized Expedition Elite). When I got home from the test ride, I looked up the specs on the Coasting bike and saw it had a steel frame vs aluminum or allow for the other two.
Am I being dumb by thinking that a steel frame would be harder to ride than the other two? Or, will it not make any difference since I am strictly out for exercise and recreation and will most likely never be riding in a group ride where I will need some amount of speed to keep up?
For the casual rider, are there advantages and disadvantages of a steel frame vs alloy?
Edit - let me add that currently I weigh around 250 lbs, if that makes any difference. Thanks.
Thanks for any info.