I'm Aussie, nice to meet you all. I joined to hopefully get some feedback on a bike purchase. I used to ride a lot but haven't been active on a bike in about 8 years, still I'm in very good shape and and still very proficient in riding. So trying to give some background because I'm having trouble deciding on a mostly around town/commute but do anything bike. I rode bmx a lot, and while I did have some road bikes and a off-road bike they were used and old so I don't have much experience with all the newer styles. I know some say to go to a bike store and try different models, but the salesman around here are very pushy at trying to talk you into something they want to sell you, even if it doesn't fit right.
Somethings I looked at were the Raleigh Misceo, also Giant Roam. I want to avoid drop bars as I tend to be more aggressive riding and they don't feel quite as steady for that sort of stuff, also I'm not sure if a front suspension is really necessary, I've never felt the need for them in the past. There's just so many categories now, I'm not sure I really understand the differences between city/fitness/urban/trail/hybrid/etc. I'll stop drawing this out but I'm looking to spend under $1000, like under $800 would be better, If anyone has any suggestions or tips I'd be grateful. Thanks all and I look forward browsing around the forum.