I haven't owned a bike for probably 10 years (I'm 26) and I'm in the market. Mainly want to ride for fitness reasons. I'll be riding primarily on paved paths / roads, but would also like the option of going on dirt / gravel paths now and then. I've been to a couple bike shops already, and I've learned that I would be best with a comfort or hybrid bike. I'm not sure if all comfort bikes allow some offroading, but the one I looked at (Giant Sedona) did.
I'm looking around online a bit, and I'm not sure how to determine if a given comfort bike fits my specs for being able to do some offroading. In any case, I've just taken a peek at a few hybrid or comfort bikes avail at some local shops, and wanted to hear any specific opinions on these
Giant Sedona (I tried and liked this one)
Gary Fisher Capitola
Trek Navigator 100
The only one I've tried was the Giant - I plan to hit the shop with the Trek and Raleigh this weekend. I have looked at the Raleigh M20 at another shop, but I'm not convinced it fits my needs being strictly a mountain bike. Any other suggestions on TYPES of bikes / features I should be looking at to fit my needs would be appreciated.