I am looking to start biking to and from school (about a 5 mile commute). I live in Madison Wisconsin and I am not very knowledgable of all my options, and what would be my best choice for a bike. I am willing to spend up to $700 or so.
Because of the 4 seasons, I was thinking that a hybrid would be best for me. I am pretty sure that I will be doing most of my riding in designated bike paths and side streets. So far I have looked at a Trek FX 7.5 (we found some new 2010 models for about $700) and a Giant Roam 2 which was going for about $500. At first I was leaning toward the Trek FX 7.5, but I started to get worried about how the Trek would hold up compared to the Giant during the winter with the snow on the ground. My basic understanding is that the Giant's wider wheels may be better suited for Madison winters.
I really am at a lost when it comes to considering other models, and what other factors I should be considering. Any advice would be very much appreciated! Thank you!