Hi, new to biking. I want to get a good, basic bike just for running around, getting some exercise, etc. Not going to be a serious bike person, just want to enjoy riding around, maybe explore a trail or two. One local shop sells Diamondback bikes that look good, and I read just a little online and know that some get good reviews. I don't know the exact model number of the bike I looked at the other day, but it was a hybrid for about $330. Looked really solid, but then, I don't know diddly about bikes.
I want some advice: mostly I'll be riding on street, but occasionally it would be nice to be able to get out on a dirt trail...nothing real challenging or technical, nothing serious, just some dirt, etc. I know I can't subject a standard road bike to such abuse, so I figured a hybrid would be a good choice. I also have no intention of going out on some rough trail that I'm not equipped or prepared for.
Can someone give me some advice based on this? Specifically on Diamondback brand, on hybrid vs. road bike pros and cons, trade-offs......?
I know that "you get what you pay for," but I'd rather not spend $600+, and I'd rather not order something online and have to assemble it.....