I recently joined this forum, about two days ago to get some advice on buying my first bike. So I got a few posts on my intro thread, just a few people from around New Orleans, but one guy said I should visit a few bike shops in town and see what I liked. So this morning I went with my wife to try a few bikes. The guys at the first shop I went to were very helpful and not pushy at all. Got welcomed as soon as walked through the doors and was immediately asked how I would be using the bike. The guy then suggested that I look at the hybrids. The trek 7100 immediately caught my eye(I love the green color on it). unfortunately it was raining today so I couldn't take it outside to ride it but just sitting on it and peddling a few times in the shop it felt good. He did help adjust the seat and get it sized for me. So I made note of the price and made sure my wife knew that I liked that bike and we moved on to the next shop. The next one was a larger bike shop in another part of town. The service there wasn't as good(no greeting or questions) just kinda left to wander the store alone. I knew sorta what I was looking for at least from the previous store, but this shop carried a whole different brand than the other. It took me a while to find the hybrid bike but I did find a Giant Sedona. It was a bit less than the Trek but felt just as comfy. But I left that shop feeling a bit lonely in the service department. So then my wife suggests Dick's but again not too helpful and the bikes just didn't feel all that good when I sat on them. So I finally get to the last store, it's one I've been to before just looking around. Service was good in the past but today there was only one person in the shop and he was busy when we got there but went right to us when he was done with the others. I found the same trek 7100 for less than the first shop and he also showed me the trek navigator, which I also liked. I've looked online and seen some of the reviews on all three of these bikes but wanted to get some firsthand advice from people that ride these bikes regularly before I spend the $400 on any of these bikes.