I am just learning to ride and I have been advised to get a road/trail bike. I was originally considering a road bike but now several people have advised me otherwise so I wanted to find out some more opinionsâ€¦ My Background Historyâ€¦ I am just learning to rideâ€¦ I wonâ€™t be commuting on the bikeâ€¦ I will be just using it for weekend fun I live in The Dandenongs and I live close to national parks I go camping a few times a year My riding aims: 1. To build up my riding skills 2. To build up my confidence and skills for riding on the road 3. To go for rides in the hills and scenic areas close to Melbourne 4. And most importantly have fun!! The arguments provided so far: I will learn advanced handling skills by taking the bike on to trails.. and that will help me become a better rider! A road/trail bike has a better road gripping capability. And I can still ride on the roads. But aesthetically speaking.. I love the look of road bikes.. I am sure there a many more things that fall into the equationâ€¦ and being new to riding I am interested to hear any comments, questions or experiences you may have!