I'm looking for a good hybrid bike; any ideas?
Our family is getting into bikes. We bought bikes for birthday presents over the last year or so - a Giant Cypress LX for wife, and a Giant Sedona LX for my my 16-year-old daughter.
They love them and now want me to get a similar model for my birthday.
We like to ride on a 3-mile paved bike path around a beautiful lake in our area. There we see deer that stand and watch us from less than ten feet away. We've seen two bears on our rides, and have only been biking regularly for a few weeks, so we're enjoying biking and intend to stay with it - and we're all getting in better shape.
Anyway, I'm 48, 6' 2", and weigh 205. I want a bike that sits fairly upright. I don't like riding in a constant bent-over position. Basically, I like my girls' Giant bikes, but I want to keep an open mind.
Someone recommended a Breezer Bike, though they said it was pricey, but I didn't find a dealer near my area. Consumer Reports rated the Giant Cypress very highly, but did not rate lots of bikes - for instance, the Breezer wasn't rated, and I'm not sure how reliable CR is on bikes. They're strong on cars but weak in other areas, such as computers.
Anyway, I need your help, and appreciate any input you can give me.