Originally posted by celestial48
I'm generally going to use it to casually cycle around locally, maybe up to 7-10 miles at the farthest point.
I hope this doesn't sound sarcastic, it's not intended that way.
My suggestion would be: if you're going to be on pavement, get a road bike (which could mean any bike designed for pavement, including a touring bike or a hybrid bike.) If your going to be mostly on the dirt (or on very bad pavement,) try a mountain bike.
Each bike is designed primarily for a given kind of riding. No bike
type is better than another, only better suited for the specific riding conditions and purposes.
But don't get a mountain bike just because someone has a lot of them for sale. It's kind of a fad, much like the 10 speed fad in America in the 1970's. People went out and bought 10 speeds because they thought they were better than 3 speeds or single speeds, and paid more for them, but may have gotten less for their money.
But today, there are so many good brands and types to choose from. Just be sure to buy from a bike shop, you feel comfortable bringing your bike back to for repairs. As long as you do that, you'll probably do well. (Stay out of the toy stores and discount stores.)