I'm in the market to purchase my first bike and I'm not sure which bike I want to purchase. I'm looking to ride primarily on paved bike trails, and occasionally on hard pack dirt trails and roads. I plan on riding by myself 3+/- days a week and approximately 10 miles each ride.
My budget is in the $300-$500 range, but I would consider going higher if it was warranted. I'm primarily looking for an entry-level bike to use for recreation and fitness reasons. I don't intend to use the bike in any rugged applications.
Am I correct in assuming that I should be looking at hybrid bikes? Also, I've been researching the Trek FX and Hybrid models. Do these models fit the bill in what I'm looking for?
Thanks in advance for any advice or opinions that you guys can give me.