I'm closer now than ever since 1974 to getting a bicycle and could do with an opinion or two as to whether I'm on the right track. I've asked a couple of colleagues who are fairly serious cyclists, one of whom is a keen triathlete. Basically, I'm hurtling through middle age, not particularly fit, trying to give up smoking and have recently undegone a femoral arterial bypass. Advice so far is that for commuting (ultimately) 30 mile round trip, and riding on firm but non-mettled roads of the kind found in Delamere Forest in Cheshire a Hybrid would be the best bet and have found a couple of machines that fit the bill and seem to be pretty much in the middle price bracket, namely a Boardman Performance Hybrid Comp and a Bianchi Camaleonte 3. Both seem to be hovering around the £550 - £650 mark. Am I on the right lines? Are these reasonable bikes for mainly road riding with occasional forays onto firm, smooth off-road routes? Advice, opinions and condemnation gratefully received.