Hey guys, I'm new to biking and I could use some advice on what kind of bike to get.
First, a little background. I've have been excersizing a lot recently, running every day, hardcore dieting, etc. and I'm ready to take the next step. My roomate has started biking to and from work and he's been seeing great results.
I'd like to follow his example and start biking to get to and from work. I'm planning on riding about 14 miles (both ways) a day. In addition to city riding, I'd like the ability to take the bike down some easy trails we have around the area. Nothing major, just some pretty level dirt gravel and grass.
What type of bike should I be looking into getting? My friend recommended a crosstrail bike, but that seems to be more of a bike brand rather than a general type of bike. He had described it as having forks at both wheels that are able to fully lock, upright seat, and curled handlebars. I'm sure you guys can narrow down what type of bike that actually is.
And lastly, any suggestions on some good bike review websites? A lot of these review sites seem to also sell bikes they happen to review, so I worry about the validity of their reviews.
Thanks so much!