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I'll second most of what Brian said. A good fit is paramount for staying on the bike and not losing interest. DO NOT BUY A MART BIKE!!!! I'll stress Brian's comment even more. If you have time do some research and find what exactly you want from a bike. You state that you want to ride more than 30 minutes without getting cramps. If your not riding 30+ minutes now you'll get sore no matter what bike you get untill your body gets the specific muscles needed for riding in shape. I'd shy away from over stressing comfort when shopping about. Your buying a bike not a mattress lol.
#1 What sort of bike do you have now? What sort of bike do you want to get? Do you ride with friends or a SO? What sort of bikes do they ride?
#2 Go to a LBS and get fit so you know what size frame you need. This is critical. But not universal. If you get fitted on a road bike the same size does not equate to a mountain bike and probably not to a cruiser/comfort bike either.
#3 I would not recommend a recumbent (Sorry Brian this is where I disagree) unless that is something you are interested in. Nothing wrong with them but they are so radically different that unless that is a real draw I'd stick with the conventional frame.
#4 When shopping stress on a better quality frame vrs better components. Put your money in the frame. You can always upgrade components as needed.
#5 Don't buy on impulse (I should practice this one lol My new Pinarello arrives today) look at ,and ride if possible several different bikes. If you have 2 or 3 that interest you post them on here and ask for some help or comments. This is a friendly group
#6 Whatever you buy make sure you ride it and HAVE FUN!!!!