Hi good folk of BikeForums.
I am finally getting back into cycling after a long hiatus. I used to be a very avid cyclist when I was younger in highschool and really enjoyed going places with my mountain bike. Circumstances are a bit different now and I'm in a much more urban environment (Toronto)
I've spent the last few months doing research on what bike would be best for me and I've come to the conclusion the answer is a Hybrid.
Narrowed it down to a few options :
At store 1 : http://gearsbikeshop.com/
Really nice bikeshop. Has lifetime tuneups and also is quite close to where I live. I'm really leaning towards one of these options as a result.
Sadly they are not getting the men's version of the bike in till next week so I could not test ride.
Giant Escape 1 - $539
Giant Escape 2- $439
At store 2 - Trekbikestore toronto
Very nice store as well however maybe double the distance from where I live. 2 year warranty/tuneups
These 3 were on sale which I liked
Trek 7.1 FX - $489
Trek 7.2 FX - $589
Trek 8.2 DS - $549
My use for this bike will be mainly for fun . I plan to avoid commuting and major roads for the most part and use the bike to enjoy bike trails as well as explore residential quiet areas of the city. Chances are I will do little to no off roading as it would be quite a process to get to somewhere with such trails.
I'm thinking the DS would be unnecessary for such a case then?
I'm wondering how the Giants compare to the treks. Also is the Step up in price from a Escape 2 to an Escape 1 worth it?
Also the 7.2FX is really at the high end of my price range so only if it was really leaps and bounds better than the others would I get it.
Any thoughts and ideas would be greatly appreciated.
-Thanks for taking your time to read this.