I am doing some research on buying a new bike so thought I'd pick some more experienced brains!
First of all,the purpose of this purchase is mainly for commuting and maybe some longer mainly road trips during the weekend.I have narrowed down it down to these bikes "Cannondale Quick 4 2013 Hybrid Bike" "Boardman Hybrid Race" "Cube hyde" http://www.evanscycles.com/products/...42949#featureshttp://www.wiggle.co.uk/boardman-hybrid-race/http://www.cube.eu/en/tour/urban-life/hyde/ . ? All I'm looking for is an easy and smooth ride and occasionally withstand a few bumps.Of course I am open to any suggestions,budget is at most 500£ but I'd rather stay away from the typical road bike handlebar and from all I've read so far,the suspension fork.Thanks.
You can't go wrong with the Cannondale, assuming you fit it.
Since you are likely going to end up at a bike shop to make your purchase, just go into the shop, tell them your budget, and your needs, and they'll find the bike that fits you, your budget, and your needs
There might be another line you haven't seen yet, that would be a perfect fit. And, many times, they'll have last year's model at a drastically reduced price.
My only concern with the Cannondale is the wheels. They are far from burly (32 spokes is much more standard on a commuting bike), and also look like they use some non-standard hubs and rims. This means that when they are injured, they will be more expensive to fix/replace. Of course, if you are a featherweight and don't plan on hauling more than a lunch, then you are probably fine. For commuting, though, I tend toward an overbuilt bike to minimize maintenance and maximize riding.