I've just read a little what you wrote and went to visit the websites.
First off - yeahhhh for bike riding!
Secondly - yeahhhh for getting a new bike...that will fit better for you!!!
From what you've said so far, the riding you will be doing sounds like general exercise, some commuting, and perhaps errand ridings around town. And I think the 3 you have shown here would do the trick, especially given you aren't looking to set any speed records. I think all 3 will last you as long as you want it to, as both brands (GT and the Schwinn) are reliable. I know you said you have not had any experience with Schwinns ... but they are good sturdy bikes.
Some may be looking for bikes that are lighter weight, or for touring, or heavy off-road ... but you sound like you've got a good handle on what type of riding you do. And in the future if that changes, you can always get another bike. For now, the ones you show are not over the top spendy, but also about the right price range for the type of riding you are wanting. (And on sale too! Bonus!)
So which one?
I agree with Don ... at this point you're likely looking at personal preference. Since you've been to a bike shop, I'm guessing they got you to sit on a few different frames to see which size works best for you ... but a few things I did notice on each bike that you might want to think about that might help you decide (or make you more confused....ack!)
- Shifter...I noticed that the 1st (GT Zum) and 3rd (Schwinn) have the shifters where you turn the grip. The 2nd (GT Transeo) has a separate shifter to use with your thumb. Pro's and Con's both ways...totally a personal pref.
- Quick release wheels. The 1st (GT Zum) has it on both wheels. The 2nd (GT Transeo) does not have it at all (regular nut holds wheels on). The 3rd (Schwinn) does not have it on the back wheel...I cannot tell on the front. This may or may not be an issue for you. If you put your bike in a car or on certain racks, the wheel sometimes have to come off. If you aren't worried about transport then it's less of an issue. (Though if you get a flat, quick release wheels help)
- Seat. Both GT's have standard saddles. The Schwinn has a more padded seat. I say whichever bike you get, try to see if you like it...if you want you can buy a different on later. However ... I will say that most people initially think that the larger, more padded seats are more comfortable ... but in reality, it's more a function of seat position AND your seat bones. I have found (as has my wife) that the wider seats tend to be more UNCOMFORTABLE on LONGER rides. But if you're only riding in the 10 mile or less range you should be okay with the larger one.
- Other. I noticed the Schwinn does have a full chain guard ... that can be a nice feature if you're not concerned with the weight of a bike.
And MOSTLY ... you have to feel comfortable AND good about the your choice...so don't get a bike that you think you should get...but one you just kinda like :)
Greg (the one who writes SUPER WAY too much at times!)
You may say I'm a dreamer...but I'm not the only one...
~ John Lennon ~
Life's like a movie, write your own ending...
~ Kermit the Frog ~
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