Trying to pick a new bike
Well after trashing another department store mountain bike, that had been falling apart for many months. I decided to go looking for a quality bike this time. I wanted something that was faster, but still had enough durability to take curbs, rough pavement, slick weather conditions, a bit of gravel, etc.
I ride about 30-50 miles a week year round, so I do need something more durable.
So I went to a bike shop near my house, and I was recommended to a line of Trek Hybrids. I fell in love with the disc brakes on the Trek Valencia. However at $679 even after sale, that's at the very high end of any possible price range for me.
Alternatively I am also looking at the Kona Dew Plus 2008 model, which is only $500 at a different shop. However the first shop has a lifetime service guarantee, while the second shop only offers 3 free tune ups, and they expire very rapidly (30 days, 2 months, a year or two can't remember which) for each one respectively. And I still like the look and feel of the Valencia.
What would be your personal recommendations or preferences? And are there any other good bikes out there similar to what I'm looking at, that would be available for more like $500 instead of almost $700? I really love the disc brakes.