I've ridden a hybrid (Gary Fisher Tiburon) for about 5 years now, and it's starting to fall apart. As such, I'm checking out a few of the local bike shops. 3 of the bikes that looked appealing to me were the Jamis Allegro, the Specialized Sirrus, and the Giant Seek 2.
Budget: around $500, and all 3 are in that range (didn't write down the actual prices, sorry).
My needs: I generally ride on the road / sidewalk, but do ride on grass and light trails fairly often. Some of streets in my city also have some maintenance issues, so the roads aren't always brand-new slick pavement. Nothing too bad though. The max distance I go, on average, is not more than a few miles. At times, I may go up to 20, but that's rare.
To sum it up, I'm looking for a hybrid that's slightly more road-oriented than mountain-oriented. What are the pros and cons of each bike for my needs?
Thanks a bunch, I appreciate it!