My wife and I have been looking for hybrid bikes, but are new to the world of biking. The hybrid bike concept seems like a match since we want to ride on and off road, however, we aren't quite sure where to start. We are considering buying used and our budget is around $600-$700 in total for both bikes. What are some suggested quality brands/models within this price range?
We want to work up to riding around 20 hours per week. Our aim is reliability, comfort and the ability to ride from pavement to dirt. Willing to upgrade components over time.