I’m wanting to ride just for general fitness, and since my PT recommends it for ongoing therapy for my knees (both have injuries that pretty much eliminate doing any high or medium impact activity)… so I decided I’d go ahead and get a bike.
BUT, I feel like I opened up Pandora’s box about a week ago, when I wasn’t happy with the bikes I saw at big box stores, and decided to google to figure out what I really needed to shop for before going to a “real” bike store and getting overwhelmed or oversold.
My sister rides a hardtail mountain bike (a trek 4300) and that’s what she recommends I look at), and my husband (who is not a cyclist really, he has a schwinn mointain bike he bought on impulse at a big box store a few years ago that he’s ridden maybe three times, thinks that is the direction I should be looking in too, but I’m not 100% sure I want or need an all-terrain bike.
I’ll be riding in the country… on the road, with lots of gentle hills, road conditions are generally okay, but there are a few areas where the roads are hardly better than gravel for fairly long stretches (it takes them a while to get around to re-paving out here). It’s really easy for me to come up with routes as long or short as I want them to be though, and I could possibly avoid any bad gravely areas.
So do I want a road bike (I think I do?), or an all-terrain or maybe even a hybrid? I am planning on visiting a bike shop this weekend when I get a chance to do that without my younger kids in tow, so hopefully that will help in my decision making, but I want to go semi-informed and not get talked into something I don’t need. I don’t plan on buying this weekend.
My budget is around $800 or so… any recommendations?