I just learned to ride a bike last weekend (I'm 29 years old almost 30 ) and I'm looking to buy my first bike this Friday. I've been doing some research and narrowed down my choices to:
Bianchi - Boardwalk
Cannondale - Adventure 400
Gary Fisher - Nirvana
Marin - San Anselmo
Specialized - Crossroads Elite, Expedition Elite
Trek - 7300
As you can guess, I'm looking for a hybrid bike since I would like to ride on both road and dirt paths. But I have no idea what components to look for or even what some of then are. Any good sites for beginners to read up on terms and such? Also, what's the difference between 700cm and 26 inch tires? Which of the bikes I listed would you look at first?