Chenango Point www.chenangopoint.com/
carries Cannondale and Specialized bicycles, both brands are pretty comparable. I remember when hunting for my bike I did NOT want the drop down handlebars as I didn't want to be all hunched over on my bike. However, the more feedback I got from experienced bikers, the more I realized for the long distance riding I wanted to do I would have to bite the bullet and go for a drop-down handlebar. Which I'm glad I did as they are more versatile than one might think.
However, as KOBEBROWN said, if your biking goals are local rides of 20 miles or less and you want to do offroad / mountain cycling also a hybrid would be your best bet. The two hybrids I was looking at before I took the plunge and jumped for a touring bike were the Cannondale Quick V www.cannondale.com/nzl/eng/Products/Bikes/
and the Specialized Globe Vienna (around $490) www.globebikes.com/us/en/globe/GlobeBike.j
The most important thing is to do your best to search your heart for what you believe your biking goals will be. Talk with Matt at Chenango Point and he will offer a wealth of information and you can feel free to take bikes out for a spin to see how they feel.
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