hey. i just got interested in biking. 19yo on budget. i'm also planning to have biking as my main means of transportation (commuting to school and light shopping). I've been reading a lot about certain bikes, specifically hybrid, and everything seems so mix-match opinion wise. I'm considering hybrid because of the road condition my city is in (lots of potholes, very bumpy and very hilly, only smooth trails are bike trails). Also I plan to do some light off-road (state parks and stuff). At first my focus has been Trek 7000, 7.1 FX, and Giant Sedona ST. Now it includes, after recent LBS visit, Giant Sedona (regular), Fuji Crosstown 2.0 and 3.0, and Diamondback Edgewood. Does anybody have any ideas? The FX seems to be in the lead, but it's a bit expensive at 1 of the LBS. The other LBS doesn't carry Trek, but have plenty of cheaper options for Giant, Fuji, and Diamondback. Any suggestions would be tremendously appreciated. thank you!
p.s. btw, i haven't taken a test ride yet (raining). i plan to soon.