Finding the perfect bike for me
Ok, so i am totally new to the world of bicycling (aside from the bike i had but hardly ever used when i was younger). I recently decided to get rid of my old junker car. Well, i suppose i didn't make that decision. The car did when it decided to die for the seventeen millionth time this year. Now, due to environmental concerns and rising gas prices, I think i will opt for a good bike instead of a new car. I figured this would be easy. I would just do a bit of googling and, wallah, i would find the perfect bike. Haha, i have learned that it isn't quite so easy. So many kinds of bikes... My head hurts.... During my googling i stumbled upon this website and thought, "hey, these people can help me i bet!"
Anyway... I said all that to say this: Can someone help me pick out the right bike? I need it for traveling to and from work (about 10 miles there and back), going places around town (town is mostly flat with a killer hill every now and then), and traveling to and from Columbus to see my girlfriend (about 60 miles one way). I realize this last one is going to be a bit of a challenge and will take weeks or months (hopefully not years) of training. I am in kind of goodish shape; i run a few times a week and do yoga. What is the bike for me? Any suggestions? Thanks.