I am getting ready to buy my first bike. So far I have decided that I want a cross/hybrid bike. I think this choice makes since. I will mostly be using it on a tar bike path, with occasional dirt road useage. My budget is $450 Max.
I have visited the local bike shop and seen a number of models. Below are the models with a link to their info.
Gary Fisher Tiburon-S
Gary Fisher Zebrano
Gary Fisher Zebrano-S
So the questions I have are:
Does a hybrid make since in my case?
Of the above bikes does one stick out as being better than the other in terms of component quality?
What brands are good, what should I stay away from?
Is there a bike you recommend instead of the above selection?
Will I be able to upgrade parts on these bikes (like disc brakes for example)?
Thanks for the help! I really appreciate it!