I haven't owned a bike for a number of years am looking for a hybrid to start commuting to work in good weather (8 mi each way) and recreational riding with my family.
My LBS has prior year closeout on the rigid-fork versions of the Gary Fisher Zebrano ($320) and Nirvana ($400). They feel about the same (actually, the Nirvana's seat was less comfortable although that's obviously an issue that can be modified). Is the component quality worth the $80 difference? Should I be looking for something even higher-end?
In theory I could afford to go up but at this point question how "avid" I will become (how I will react adapt to riding in traffic, etc.).