Last year I bough a used Univega Via Montega off Craigslist.
I used it much more than I hoped I would (I've lost 40lbs + of fat since buying it).
I ride it on the paved river paths around LA and Orange county.
The bike is a 21 speed with 700 x 23 rims.
I bent the back rim, and tried to straighten it myself, only to make it worse...but eventually I got it close enough that I can sort of use my rear brake...I was thinking I enjoy riding so much that I was considering buying a new bike in 2013. On My christmas day ride two of the little mushroom tips on the spokes that go through the hub busted off the rear rim, and the loose spokes punctured my tire.
The dude at the bike shop said the metalurgy of the spokes was probably bad and/or I abused the bike....
So now I'm convinced I need a new bike.
I know I want a hybrid.I know I want an upright, comfortable riding position, I know I want it to have no suspension and 700 rims, but probably something like 700x35 tires. My rim bending activities make me think perhaps a mechanical disc brake would be good, but not a must have.
I will ride it exclusively on pavement...I have no desire to go mountain biking. Eventually I'd like to make about 100 mile long trips with it.
I'd like to spend no more than $1000.
One of the Trek FX series of bikes seems appealing to me.