OK I know I do this to myself because I'm an cronic overshopper.
I want to get a bike, to get into better shape rided to the beach and do some hilly road riding too. Mind you this is all theory cuz I don't have a bike cept my college out of service beach cruiser.
So I start at MTB cuz I like the upright style and everybody else seems to be riding them.
I come to grips with the reality that I won't be riding in the mountains pretty much at all so I move to the hybrid concept.
I hit the LBS and hone in on the Trek 7500 cuz it seems more in tune for my purposes or so I think.
While out shopping this weekend I go to a LBS my neighbor (who does sprint racing and road work) recommends and I talk to a guy there (whom I liked and listened to what I was saying) say the hybrid will be too heavy for my and the perfect bike for me would be the Kona Dr. Dew or for less money one of the Fuji's
OK great being the thorough (compulsive) shopper I am I want to check these out but I most of the shops around here don't seem to "stock" these bikes so I would have to order and buy sight unseen.
Then I call a shop listed as a Fuji dealer. "We don't carry those anymore. Why would you want that. We have a 2001 Sirrus Comp closeout a $1000 bike for $425" that is a much better bike.
So here I sit confused :confused: and frustrated
Too many choices: Trek 7500,7500fx, Spec Sirrus, Fuji, Kona...
Don't want to overbuy a yuppie garage ornament don't want to underbuy and be dissatisfied right out of the gate.
OK I'm better now
Sorry for my newbie vent
You may go back to you regularly scheduled knowledgable bike talk.