Help Selecting First Good Bike
So I've only ever had cheap bikes and my bike recently got stolen. So I figure this is the perfect opportunity to buy a good bike.
My price range is ~$900 but if it's really worth it could probably be talked into more.
Most of my biking will be around town for enjoyment, exercise, and getting around. I only live a few miles away from work so I'd also like to try biking to work once the weather isn't so hot.
I'm a 6'2" tall male weighing about 175 lbs.
I live in a small town that is kind of in the middle of no where so buying used would probably too much hassle since I don't have a good vehicle to transport a bike.
I went to the 2 bike shops in town and it looked like the only brands they had are Giant, Specialized, Trek, and KHS.
I road a Giant Rapid (not sure year/model) and a Trek 7.3. It's really hard for me to compare the 2 because I road one on really smooth pavement with no wind and the other on really really bad pavement with wind.
I wanted to do some research on my own but I didn't get very far before my eyes glazed over. So I could really use some help and need some suggestions. Thanks.