I love my hybrid but the bike pictured isn't it-it's my new mountain bike. The first time I ever went off road it was with Michele at a DORBA beginner's clinic. I road a Bianchi hybrid-fixed fork at the time. I miss that old bike still. It was a hybrid, then a big hit mountainbike (I was into overkill in those days), then it got slicks, then it went back to being a road bike. I spent a zillion dollars on parts outfitting it for just the right thing, but it was never quite right for any of them. I finally traded it in when the gears just gave up the ghost and it wasn't reliable any more. In their defense, learning to shift gears is probably very hard on an entry level bike.
Oklahoma has quite a lot of trails, and Texas is right down the road, and I'm looking forward to getting out there again. Thanks for the push MIM
I did get some good bike karma. When I stopped riding, I sold my bikes because I didn't want them sitting around unused. I sold them to people who knew what they were and appreciated the price-other bike enthusiasts. Yesterday I wandered in with all my specs to my local bike shop and was presented with this Cannondale Caffiene F3. After a bit more research called them and got it and the new saddle.
It is hard being 5'5''. I'm too big for a small women's bike, and they never EVER have small frame men's bikes in anything but entry level. Yet, on this day, they did, local, and it was the last 07 model they had, so I got it at a good price. (verified that it was before I bought it).
So, for now, my stable is complete. I have the mountainbike for trails, I have the hybrid for road, and that cruiser is not going anywhere. I have the dog walker thing hooked up to it....and if someone wants to ride but doesn't have a bike, that's the one they'll get.
I'm thinking about doing a car free month in May-what do you think????