Hey all. I'm new to the forums and new to biking. I've decided to start commuting to school (~26 miles one way) using a combo of biking and public transportation. I know very little about bikes but I do know that I would like to get a hybrid bike this weekend from the LBS because they have a pretty big labor day sale. I'm willing to part no more than $450 for an entry type hybrid or mountain bike. I've been looking at the Trek 4300 and some other bikes but I would like some of your input for a first time buyer. Once the winter and snow comes in I will also need something that can travel in 2-6 inches of snow. Finally, I'm concerned about "that place down there" and have read about no-nose seats that shift pressure to sit bones. I'll be biking at least 80 miles a week and so would like a seat that won't mess up my junk. I read elsewhere that those no-nose seats make it harder to balance the bike, it's easier to fall off the seat / hard to sit back on, and more stress is placed on the arms. IS all this true for someone with a hybrid bike and a no-nose seat? I saw a whole bunch of those products and reviews here and there, but would like to learn more. Thanks!