I haven't ridden a bike much in the past five years. The bike I have is a 20 year old hybrid. Riding that bike now is killing my hands and I am limited in moving the seat down and the bars up, it won't work. The bike is killing my hands because I am overweight by roughly 75 pounds.
I happened to install a new seat on a neighbors bike today and was amazed how good it felt to have my hands above my ass riding that bike back to their home down the street. I was so impressed that I went to the Trek site, among others, and then went to the LBS to look at some bikes. I am kind of stuck on two, both Treks, one is a 7300, the other is the Navigator 3.0. The two bike are identical except the Navigator has a wider seat, wider tires, different handlebar, and different front shocks.
The tire on the Navigator is a 26 x 2.0, the tire on the 7300 is a 700 x 35c
The handlebar on the Navigator has 30mm more rise.
Essentially, the Navigator is smooth and a comfortable ride. I am a bit concerned about how comfortable this bike would be on a longer trip, say a 10 mile ride. I don't want the bike to encourage me to ride, then cause me not to ride.
The 7300 is much more similar to the bike I currently have, but would seem to have a more upright seating arrangment with the possibility of raising the handle bar a bit more to have me more upright than the default. Since this bike is much closer in seating position to my current bike, I assume that it would be fine on longer rides. I like riding trails.
If anyone has experience with either of these bikes, I would appreciate some feedback, thank you.