The wife and I are looking at getting (back) into cycling and are looking at hybrid style bikes in the ~$500 or less neighborhood. We have riden several bikes, with our favorite being the Trek Verve 2 w/ front suspension for me and an Electra Townie for her. I would love to get opinions on each of those bikes and see if anyone has had any good/bad luck with those brands.
We are after ~30-30 mile rides, nothing too crazy, primarily on paved and hard packed surfaces. We arenít looking to set any speed records and also arenít too concerned with the brandÖunless there are brands to stay away from. We also have a boat and plan on taking the bikes to the San Juans/Bainbridge/Lake Chelan and doing some riding there.
Also, if anyone can suggest a shop in the area with good prices/value, it would be greatly appreciated. We visited Gregs in Bellevue the other day and liked the service, but I felt that the prices were a little high.