First, let me say that I'm looking forward to gaining some insight from you bike experts.
I am 26 years old and "new" to biking. I used to ride BMX as a teenager but it's been years since I've been on a bike. I am looking for a hybrid-style bike as I plan on commuting (5-10 miles depending on route), riding paved trails and the occasional crushed gravel trail.
I have listed several bikes below that are in my price range and, from my perspective, seem to be very similar.
I understand the importance of riding a bike before purchase, so the reason I am posting here is to help me understand objectively why one of these bikes might stand out from the rest, or why I should cross any of these off my list immediately and not waste my time test riding.
At this time I'm leaning more towards either the Novara Buzz, the Raleigh Misceo, or the Giant Roam 3.
I sincerely appreciate any feedback and input!
I have edited my potential bike list as of 2/19 - Thanks for your input!
Novara Buzz - $600
Raleigh Misceo 2013 - $530 My LBS has some 2013's in stock so the price is quite appealing
Trek FX 7.2 Disc - $599
Giant Roam 2 - $650 I'm strongly questioning whether or not I should consider this one since it has a front suspension fork which is probably cheap. I might still ride it just so I know for sure.