I wanted to get a bicycle that I can ride in my neighborhood (bumpy Louisiana roads with potholes), when I'm at my parents house in the country (surrounded by dirt roads and logging roads, not true mountain trails). We are in north Louisiana so lots of hills but no mountains. We have a local bike shop with very little stock (one Raleigh Cadent in stock) but they can order the Treks (if I don't like it I'm stuck with it,no exchanges). I can drive two + hours to buy a bike in either Shreveport or Jackson, MS. I am not sure what I should be looking for brandwise and I get mixed reports on whether or not a hybrid can handle Louisiana dirt roads. The bike shop here in town wasn't a great resource for me when I stopped in before so I'm a little discouraged at this point. Was grateful to find this website. We did just get a Dick's Sporting Goods (but their prices seeem in line with bike shops) and we also have a Walmart and a Target but I can afford to get a good bicycle this one time.