Hey, I am currently looking for a new hybrid bicycle. My current bike is a very old Trek mountain bike, but this is actually the first time that I am going to select and buy a bike for myself. Currently, most of my biking consists of 10-15 mile rides on light dirt trails with a little pavement in between, though in a few months I will be going back to college, and I have been frustrated with the slow speeds of my old mountain bike, so I figured a hybrid would be the best way to go.
My budget is technically not limited, but I don't want to spend what is beyond necessary. Based on what my local bike stores are offering, I have narrowed down my choices to the Trek 7000 series (7000, 7100, or 7300) and the Cannondale Adventure 5.
As far as priority goes, I am looking for decent speed, but I also want to be able to do light trail and occasional uphill riding. But again, I don't want to spend what is beyond necessary.