Ok, so today I continued my internet research regarding bikes. Thoroghly overwhelemd, I took the advise of my friend Cassie and headed out to a real bike store.
The sales guy was actually very helpful. Small steps were taken.
I have decided that the low rode bike handle bars are probably not an option.
Due to my long legs, shorter torso, a women's frame is a must.
Options I am really interested in and trouble by how to balance or choose are the shocks vs road efficiency. Considering all my joint issues, it seems the shocks for both teh front fork and seat post might be important over the long haul.
I need the ability to ride independently and on my own schedule (meaning, if I were to rise in teh hills, I am not going alone, I'll take a buddy) But most of the time, a buddy is not a practice option, so much of my riding will be road or very public trails. Some of he best road bike options have no shocks options.
My hubby and son, prefer dirt bike trails, and I cannot see myself doing any aggressive trail riding. But some dirt trails might be fun.
And...I would Really prefer not to have 2 bikes...1 bike.
So maybe a hybrid that will suit both needs with changeable tires.
The saddle issue is a whole other story. But butt blister is surface healed, but not gone. My sits bone is still sore.
Learned more about how this happened on the stupid gym seats...
education is a good thing.
So, I will research and go to another store tomorrow and see what I learn.
Step by step.