I have just started biking -- commuting really -- on a POS Pacific mountain bike. Since the bike cost me all of 20 bucks (spent on the lock), I guess I can't complain too much. However, I believe the bug is starting to bite and I would like to upgrade at some point. I am not exactly sure as to what I need or even want for that matter. Here are some facts:
* I will be using the bike mainly for commuting probably less than 10 miles each way.
* I would like to utilize the bike for some cardio training aid.
* I doubt I will do much serious off roading but I would like to take it on some trails, dirt road, etc.
* I am 5'11".
* I would like to spend around $500. give or take one $100.
Is a Hybrid bike right for me? Along those lines, what exactly is a hybrid bike . . . I have seen some that are virtually road bikes with straight handlebars and others that look like mountain bikes with full suspension. BTW is suspension something I want?
Thanks for the help.