I'm planning to buy a bike mainly to travel to and from classes at University but also to cruise around and to maybe get a workout in. I'll be riding mostly on roads and sidewalks.
All the previous bikes I have owned were clunky, mountain bikes, which were pointless because I never did any mountain biking. I want a beginner road/hybrid bike that's faster, smoother and more sleek than a mountain bike but still durable enough to jump over curbs/down curbs etc. I've been looking at trek bikes because that's the first brand that comes to mind. I'd like to stress that I want a bike that feels smooth and doesn't seem to weigh me down when I ride.
My price range is somewhere below or around $500 (is that paying too much?).
If it makes a difference, I'm 6 foot 3 and weigh 195 pounds.
I'd like to apologize if I'm offending anyone with my lack of knowledge in this subject. :)
Hope to hear from someone soon!
P.S. It's much easier for me to buy a bike from a retail store rather than ordering parts, customizing etc.