I'm new to the forum and have no idea where to post this. I'm pretty new to the whole cycling world; I always rode a bike when I was a kid, but then I turned 16 and got a car - but now I want to bike again. There is a group of us that have been going out on the weekends, right now I have a "target special" for a bike and I really want to upgrade to something nicer. We mostly do general trail riding (the paths we're on are usually crushed limestone or paved), we have done a little off-road/off-trail riding. I really don't know much and would like to learn but have no idea where to start or which brands might be better than others.
Right now, the bikes I'm considering are:
Trek 7.2 FX
Raleigh Passage 5.5
If anybody can give me any tips or any reviews of the bikes I've listed or recommend another entry level bike, I would much appreciate it.