I searched this forum and did some research. New to the bike world but with my acquired knowledge i tried out a couple hybrid bikes. Out of the bikes i tried I liked the specialized elite and trek 7.3 the best. The trek was extremely comfortable (grips, seat, size) but i did not care for the gears. The specialized is not a comfortable (hurt my wrists, seat, etc) but i loved the shifting aspect and the bike felt like a lighter ride. With that said I am on the fence and would like some opinions or personal experiences on the two that may help me pick one.
Live along the jersey shore so I am looking to use it on the weekend to make significant trips up and down the shore at a decent pace, not a race pace. Im a female 31 yrs old in good shape. fyi.
LBS shop offered the specialized at $657 retail $810
LBS offered trek at $619 retail $699.
Thanks in advance!