What kind of bike is right for me?
Just recently I've been interested in getting a bike for recreational and leisure rides with friends. Most of my riding will mostly be on roads with possibly the occasional path and such, but I thought it would also spend a little bit of time learning to be a little adventurous (probably no mountain riding or anything, but something like hopping curbs and other obstacles and such...if that's considered adventurous).
I've been looking at either a mountain or a hybrid style bike, but I have no idea which one would be right for me. The side of me that wants to hop and jump with the bike says I should look more into mountain bikes, but I'm willing to bet that about 80% - 90% of the time I will most likely be just riding on paved roads, so perhaps a full on mountain bike might not be what I'm looking for. Would it be safe to hop around lightly on either wheel of a hybrid? lol
Does anybody have any advice on where on the bike spectrum I should be looking? I don't quite want to head in the road bike direction since I'm not too keen on having to get down constantly, so a more relaxed upright position would be nice for me. I'm probably going to be getting a used bike, and so far have been most interested in a Trek 7200 hybrid. I've also looked at a Trek 4500 MTB and an older looking Specialized Crossroads hybrid. Came across a Bridgestone MB-3 that might have been nice, but it was sold already lol.
can anybody offer any advice on Trek vs Specialized vs Muddyfox?
The three I'm currently eyeing are a Trek 7200 hybrid for roughly 150, a Specialized Hardrock mtb, and a Muddyfox hybrid both around 200...
I'm also not quite certain what size bike I should be getting. A miniscule amount of research suggests that for my 5'6 - 5'7 height, I should be riding a bike that is around 17-19", stepover around 27-30" for a mtb/hybrid bike?
Sorry for all the questions, as it says under my name, I am a newbie lol
Last edited by suneo; 07-20-09 at 11:57 PM.