Newbie help - should I buy a hybrid?
I currently own a Giant boulder which I purchased back in 2007. In all honesty it hasn’t been looked after too well as was stored in a damp shed, but if I spent a bit on some maintenance it would be fine probably. However I’m considering a new bike as have moved to a new location and am wondering if anyone could help inform me what kind of difference I’d expect to see. Some may say stick to what you’ve got while others say I wouldn’t regret the extra money because of x. I’ve moved right near a coastal path which is flat and a mix of gravel and tarmac and would be doing rides of a few miles every couple of days. Hybrid bikes seem to tick the boxes (‘gravel’ bikes seem not as common in the U.K.) and I have a budget of around £500. Would that amount buy me a lot extra compared to what I have with my current bike or should I just spend a bit perhaps on new tyres (current ones are the full fat and deep tread mtb tyres) and even maybe some new components.