I'm looking to get off my lardy backside and get a hybrid bike. It will predominately be used for pretty gentle terrain - roads, paths, etc. It will also occasionally be used for commuting (c.8 miles each way).
So, a couple of questions:
1. What would be a good choice for my budget of c.£450.
2. Would it be worthwhile considering a bike with an internal Nexus 8 hub? Do the pros (reduced maintenance) outweigh the cons (fewer gears to select from, and slightly increased weight?).
If I go with a hub, I was thinking of Specialised Globe Vienna 4 or Giant Escape R8
If I go "normal", I was thinking Trek 7.3 or Cannondale Bad Boy Hybrid, although there are lots of other options out there, no doubt.
Any help greatly appreciated.