Comfort vs. Hybrid Bike?
It's been a good 20 years since I've been on a bike but I'd like to get started again. I'm looking for a bike primarily for two purposes: to ride on paved trails maybe once a week for a few hours and to tow the kids in a trailer on paths and around the neighborhood.
Spent some time at the LBS and narrowed it down to the Gary Fisher Solstice (a comfort bike similar to Trek Navigator 400) and Trek 7200 hybrid. Both are priced similarly...Solstice is a 2002, Trek 7200 is a 2003. The major tradeoff seems to comfort/stability versus speed/efficiency (26" vs. 700 cm wheel).
I really like the comfort/stability of the Solstice but trying to determine if the difference in speed/efficiency is going to make that much of a difference? I don't wanna be the guy struggling up the hills cause I went for the comfy ride. Any insights or recommendations would be most appreciated. Also, I've seen lots of posts about the 7200, any comments on the Solstice itself...is it a good bike? Thanks in advance for the help!