Hi there. So as the title says, I'm in need of some assistance with finding a good bike. I'll be riding mostly on the road, and perhaps some paved trails. There are a lot of hilly roads in my area as well (albeit small inclines).
I've decided on a hybrid style, and these so called "performance hybrids" seem to fit the bill, leaning more toward a road bike style. Aesthetically, I'd like something with a black color scheme, though I might consider something of a dark color, or silver. Mechanically, I really hate the chain rubbing against the derailleur, so I can't have any of that. Loud shifting is a turn off for me as well but I can live with that.
I purchased a Walmart-exclusive "Schwinn DSB" for $250, so that should give you an idea of my level of experience. While it looks, feels, and rides great, there are unfixable problems with the derailleurs and as one user here put it, "trying to fix an el-cheapo discount store bike is a losing battle". Needless to say I won't be buying any more department store bikes in the forseeable future.
I'm gonna bump my budget up to $450 (or $500 if it's really worth it) so I can hopefully get a quality ride. I do wonder if I'm overreaching in my expectations at this price point but what the hell.
6'1" male; inseam measured at I think around 34 inches, perhaps an inch less.
I really like the Diamondback Insight 2. To me it's just looks gorgeous, and the price isn't too bad. I've seen the 2011 model going for $500, while the 2012 model is going for $400 as they've downgraded the conponents. It just sucks REI doesn't have them in stock for less than $400 like they did a few months ago.
I wanted to give as much info as possible on what I need/like and hope someone with more experience will have some cool recommendations!