For my first year of college I rode a 1980s Sintour Raleigh hybrid bike. It was pretty hard to pedal probably because the gears were sluggish due to age. I wanted to get a new bike this summer and my parents agreed to pay for it. I only really started riding this past year at school, but I enjoyed it and have been doing some little rides around my area recently, only like 5-10 miles though.
My budget was about $450, and I really wanted to try to get an entry level road bike. However, I went to a store in our town today with my mom and they had a 2012 Giant Escape 1 for $420 and a sale on a 2011 Giant Escape 1 for about $475. I told my mom that I wanted to wait a few days before buying to get input, but she forced the purchase (I don't want to sound bad, but basically she was just like NO YOU AREN'T WAITING YOU'RE BUYING A BIKE)
I would like to know if anyone has any experience with these bikes and has any opinions on them. I know it's too late now to do what I wanted to do (maybe look on Craigslist for some used ones and then ask for advice) but I'd like to know if I'm okay or screwed myself