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Hi all,

I’m wondering what kind of bike would be best for my uses. I would primarily use a bike on sidewalks and paved surfaces/bike paths, but some use on flat or hill trails. I ordered a mountain bike but it’s very heavy and requires a lot of energy to pedal on pavement. Would you recommend hybrid, road, or cruiser?

Look into a hybrid bike or a cyclocross/gravel bike.

GT makes a great hybrid called Transeo. They tend to be rather affordable for big brand bikes too.

You'll need to be running at least a 38c tire for the best splash of 'off-road' performance.

Gravel tires are probably the style you're looking for also.

Tires make a huge difference. Depending on the MTB bike you got, it could be a combination of the frame being steel, and also the tires being very knobby that creates so much resistance. I ride a MTB convert street racer, that uses Continental Contact Speed tires, and I have no problems on pavement.

You might also want to consider biking in your higher gears. Shoot for the 5th or 6th gear for easy riding.

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