Can I have my dream bike and ride it too?
November 29, 2011 4:45 PM Subscribe
Pittsburgh cycling: road bike or hybrid?
posted by jon1270 to sports, hobbies, & recreation (12 answers total)
Eleven years ago I bought a Trek 7500 Multitrack hybrid, which I've used mostly for short local rides and few longer ones, the longest being a 300 mile, week-long tour with 2500 of my closest friends. During that long tour I tried out someone else's super-light road bike and was immediately jealous.
This summer, I bought a 1989 Cannondale 400T, which was marketed as a touring bike but is nevertheless quite light, with presta valves and very skinny, high-pressure tires.
My wife and I are moving to Pittsburgh in a few weeks, and for the time being will not have space to keep two bikes. I am inclined to sell the Trek, because its novelty has long-since worn off, while the Cannondale is a bike that I've coveted since it was new (22 years ago) and still strikes me as fun.
I've only ever spent a couple of days in the Pgh, but I got the impression that there are a lot of potholed asphalt avenues, brick and cobblestone side streets, and partially paved trails. Is this impression accurate? Will a lightweight, skinny-tired road bike be useful, or am I likely to beat it into a fractured pretzel in the first year I'm there? (I weigh 160#)