Looking into biking again.
First off just want to say hi to everybody, this is my first post so I will tell a bit about myself. I'm not a shy person, and I'm not to worried about stalker my name is Joshua you can all me Josh or Gigabyte. However you decided to call me I'm sure to answer! I'm a 22 year old network administrator for a diesel company here in Springfield, MO and have been working with computer and networks for over eight years now. There are three reason as to why I'm excited about biking again, one getting into shape is something I should be doing now at my age. Two saving money by riding my bike back and forth from work every day, and three I really want to hit up our local bike trials and parks. There are a few that have over 100 miles of bike trails!! But at the same time moving over to the bike world is breaking my heart a bit. Because I know here in the states we will never see gas prices below $3 per gallon. And that means I will not be driving my pride and joy as much anymore, not only am I a computer nerd but I'm a gear head I love tuner sports cars. Right now I have a 1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS, and I have made the decision to stop putting money into her for performance upgrades. Instead I will start off by buying a decent bike for a lower price and go from there. Before I buy a bike I want to do a bunch of research and test out different bikes, figure out exactly what I want. So far reading around the internet and on this forum without doing any field testing I'm leaning towards the TREK 7200. What I'm wanting out of a bike is something that is going to be decent on a three mile ride back and froth from work five days a week. And after work and on the weekends I want to hit the local trails, I'm not wanting to hit up hardcore mountain bike trails but we have some beginner trails around here that have some hills to climb up and fly down, some rocky paths, and a couple of creeks to pass over. So I guess I'm wanting a bike that can get me to work and have fun on the weekend. Kind of like my car does for me I guess lol. If anybody has an ideas as to what bike I should be looking at I'm wide open, but would like to keep my budget no more than $500 for my first bike. I want to make sure this is something I truly want to do before I invest a lot into it. Thanks ahead of time!