Hi, I have just learned to ride at an ancient age of 35. I learned on a rubbish bike bought off ebay. i now want to buy myself a new bike. I am looking at hybrids. Until now, i have just been riding on quiet roads. i dont see myself riding in traffic. Nor will i be riding up and down hills. but i would like the option of being able to ride on gravel and tow paths. should i buy a hybrid bike with or without fork suspension? my budget is 500 to 550 pounds. speed is not important for me. i just want a comfortable ride. the few extra kilos that suspension adds to the weight, is it too big a deal?
my local bike shop told me that i should get one with suspension only if i absolutely must have it. as i said , i would like the option of riding on just paved roads. Will not be able to afford two bikes. So i would really appreciate some direction. Will a hybrid bike geared to paved road be comfortable enough?