I'm a n00b looking to get a hybrid bike for commuting and losing weight and improve fitness. The commute to work is 6 miles one way. I would also like to do some longer rides on the wwkend, but have no aspirations of competitive riding. I've been to two LBS, one had a 2009 Giant Rapid 3 that I liked, and the other carried Specialized. The 2009 Sirrus is $499. They only have it in blue (I would prefer black), and not sure if I like the style of shifters on it. Felt fine for the short ride around the parking lot. The Rapid 3 is a nice looking bike, but at $579, it might be a little more than I want to spend considering I will need helmet, shorts, rack/bag, etc.
I also found a 2008 Trek 7.3 FX on craigslist for $365. It has a small computer on it that indicates 90 miles on the bike, and includes a small zipper bag. It appears to be in excellent condition. I took it for a short ride and had no issues with shifting/braking. At this lower price point, I can buy the additional accessories and stay under budget. The obvious down side to it is I don't have a warranty, no initial fitting (unless I pay for one..."free" with the new bikes), and no discounts on initial accessory purchases.
Would appreciate any feedback on the price for the Trek, and any other general thoughts on pros/cons of my options. Hopefully spring will arrive at some point and I can get out and ride!