new to bikes, need some advice
I haven't ridden a bicycle since I was a kid, but am looking to get back into it. I am trying to buy a bicycle that mostly I can ride around the city, but also occasionally go on longer leisurely bike trips to and along the ocean and also be able to get up hilly areas in the city.
Have been to a couple of bicycle shops, so far my experience has been poor: one didn't even want to associate with me because I wasn't a pro, one told me that the only real choice that someone like me needs to make is which color I like (because quality doesn't matter to me) and basically I feel like none are really interested in helping me to learn about bicycles and biking and either just want me to buy something, or just don't care.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.