I've been to several LBS and am thoroughly confused now as this is my first bike purchase. Looking for an entry level (or just above) hybrid for fitness and recreation. Want something lightweight with decent compenents that will last me for several years rather than wanting to upgrade within the first year or so but looking for the best value while trying to stay under $500 or close to it.
I've been shown the Jamis '12 Allegro Sport Femme, Specialized Vita Sport, Giant Escape 2 and the Marin Larkspur CS1. I am 5'2" so most recommend a women's frame.