Well, I am looking at starting to commute to work on a bike now, help save some gas money and get some cardio during the morning and afternoon. Now its only a 4-mile stretch of road between my apartment and work, but I do not want just a road bike, because I intend to take the bike out on the back roads and trails near my work after I am done for the day before I go home. The terrain back there varies between paved road, hard packed dirt roads, soft sandy roads, trails in the woods and paved roads so old, they might as well be gravel.
I have not rode a bike for about 10 years so, I have no idea where to start looking or what types of bikes to be looking at.
Any help would be appreciated!