i don't know anything about bikes so don't get mad about my question.
i want to buy a bike; would be my first since i was a little girl and had training wheels. it's mostly for riding around my neighborhood where there are some hills. i take the bus and might also use it to ride to the office.
yesterday i looked at/rode a dahon eco 3 and a dahon speed d7. i preferred the d7 to the eco - just felt better. the handlebars seemed wider/more comfortable. the seat was more comfy too and it just seemed to fit better - i'm 5.1. i've been considering a downtube nova or 8h too and the dahon espresso.
does anyone know how the dahons compare to the novas? i don't want to spend more than $500 for a bike. i was thinking about getting a citizen gotham 2 but have sort of changed my mind.
also, i've tried looking at the specs but i can't say i understand what i'm reading or what a quality or older config/part is.
thanks for your help.