Hi, my wife needs a bike (she was using her daughter's). We have looked in a few lbs's which seem to carry various brands. We want to spend about $400 to $500. We were thinking of a hybrid with front and post suspensions and 700cc tires (is that the right terminology?) We mainly ride around in the streets on Long Island or to a nearby park (all paved) not really hiily. We ride for an hour or a little longer. I have an old Raleigh 10 speed and am thinking of also getting a hybrid for the more upright seating position. My wife liked the Giant Cypress; she thought the Trek 7200 (or 7100) would be a nice bike for me. We intend to ride these (although these bike shops won't allow much of a test). We also saw a GT Nomad which looked fine. Some of the shops like Specialized and Cannondale. If we are in the above price range does it matter which we choose? Are they all close as far as components etc? Thanks for your help.