Newbie looking for first real bike
I'm new to cycling and I'm in the process of researching my first "real" bike.
I'm a 5'3/4" (yes that's 3/4"
) woman that's looking to ride in the local greenways/trails (most of which are paved, others are gravel or fine rock powder.) Currently, I'm not interested in 20+ miles rides (although my SO claims that once the bug bites me I'll want to.) but I may get there.
Due to this I've been looking at "hybrid" bikes. The ones recommended by LBS go from the Giant FCR, Cypress SX or Sedona LX; to the Specialized Sirrus or the Trek 7300FX.
I have not ridden any of these bikes, that's the next step, but I would like someone to tell me, in layman's terms, what the biggest differences are between these bikes. Just so you know, I've read several threads and I'm still somewhat confused.
Also, I'm not particularly interested in a bike with a woman's frame since I don't find them particularly attractive. Which of these would offer me the best fit?
Thank you much for your comments!