I did a search of the forums and found plenty of suggestions for road bikes but I couldn't find anything on hybrids. I am looking to buy a hybrid bike but am having a hard time finding a bike that fits. I'm currently 5'0 tall with a short torso and short legs! I currently have a folder (actually 3 of them) which I love but am now looking for a hybrid (don't know if I'll ever be ready for a road bike).
My LBS carries Trek, Specialized, Biachi and Raleigh and I would like to buy from them since I am trying to form a relationship with them. However, there are 2 other bike shops in the area that carry other brands. One shop has a Serrotta certified fitter and they carry Felt (they have a road bike in my size), Surly, Parlee and Kona. The other shop carries Jamis which I have heard a lot of great things about, but I'm not sure if Jamis makes bikes for smaller framed women.
I'm looking to spend up to $750 though I am in no rush to buy. I can even wait until the winter/spring when prices may go down. I am a recreational rider and like to ride on paved trails. I am not looking for speed necessarily, but I am looking for something versatile that can climb up hills fairly easily. I have 2 questions:
1) Can you suggest some good hybrid bikes that can accommodate my petite frame?
2) Can you give me your opinion on the bike below? It's at my local shop, has a 13" frame and is below my price range - I may just check it out if it is a good buy but I know nothing about components so I am not sure.
Thanks in advance for your help.