Just bought a bike for the first time in YEARS....
Initially wanted a roadbike, but it was going to be TOO expensive, so went for a Hybrid instead - Specialized Sirrus for £399.
Rode it home, up some steep hills, and didn't get off to walk once, to my delight!
Bought it to continue my fitness changes, and I think it'll do the job grand. 700x28 wheels for a bit less effort, and a comfortable riding position.
YEARS ago, I had an entry level mountain bike, and then a campag avanti equipped road bike. The roadbike was easier, faster, but a pain in the ass, literally. This thing is close to the MB for comfort, but definitely feels as good as my road bike for effort.