I'm about to buy a new bike to cover for my old road bike that's been due to retire for quite a while. A hybrid seems like a good choice as I would mostly be doing commuting and some on and off longer distance biking.
I've pretty much narrowed it down to Novara Express or Jamis Coda/Allegro. However, Novara being REI's own brand seems a bit scary.
Anyone have experience with either of these (or preferably with both)? Other suggestions are welcome as well.