Re: Trying to go backwards in time
My 2 cents- get a mountain bike with a suspension fork and add a suspension seat post (make sure the size is correct) plus a real seat ( the seats that are on these bikes are designed for chimpanzees).
The MTB (mount. bike) will have great brakes (something you will really need) and aggressive tires( should help to keep from sliding around on your roads but may throw up some tiny pebbles).
The suspension fork is wonderful for being able to dive off the roadway or just for absorbing potholes better.
Spend a lot of time here, also the guys have posted about gas bikes not being legal in Tx. even though many guys ride them, (check that out) are you on good terms with the local police?