Seeking Advice on Entry Level Bike
I'm looking to buy a hybrid bike. Most of my riding will be on urban roads or bike trails with perhaps 15 - 20% of my riding on dirt paths or packed gravel paths. I haven't cycled long distances in a while but I plan on working my way up to cycling about 7 miles to work 2 - 3 times a week (14 miles there and back) with 1 or 2 other days with shorter distances or to take out to the park with my family.
I'd like to use the bike to commute, for fitness and leisure.
My budget is tight and I'm looking to spend less than $600 (with tax - in Canada that's 13%).
Here are two bikes that I'm considering:
Raleigh Misceo 1.0 (2015): Raleigh Bicycles - 2015 Misceo 1.0
It would cost me $524 (no tax).
Giant Roam 3 (2015): Roam 3 (2015) | Giant Bicycles | United States
It would cost $568 (with tax)
It has front suspension. I'm not sure if I need that or if it would slow me down on my commute.
Is one of these bikes better generally? Is one better for my purposes? Is one more reliable or more enjoyable to ride?
Would one require more maintenance?
Any advice is much appreciated.
Last edited by Tom414; 03-15-16 at 07:00 AM.