Awesome forum you have here.
Anyways, i'm a novice cyclist looking for something mid-range i can use to commute to class through the city (4-5 miles) and take on a gravel-paved jogging/bike trail through the valley here in NE Ohio.
I've narrowed my search down to two bikes that i'm just crazy about, and i was hoping some of you could help me weed one of the contestants out!
The first contender is the Trek bike-path 7300 http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...0_series/7300/
Closer to the mountain-bike side of the hybrid spectrum, this baby would run me an even $500 at the local shop.
The second option is the Raleigh Performance-Hybrid Cadent FT 1 http://bicycleworldandfitness.com/it...gId=39&id=2983
This one's closer to the road bike side of the hybrid spectrum. It's lighter and faster than the trek, but lacks front suspention. It would run me $480 locally, and includes 1 year of free maintainence!
I love both bikes immensely. Both have rapid fire index-shifting, both are very sleek and light (slight edge to the raleigh) but the bottom line is that i'm a true novice, who's never paid this much money for a bike (spending more is COMPLETELY out of the question) and is scared of a true road-bike for durability reasons.
Can anyone out there offer some insight about either (or possible both) of these bikes, and help me choose one?
Thanks in advance, everyone!