Hi to all, just joined today. I've been trying to find my ideal next bike but the more I research it, the more confused I become. There's TOO much choice out there! I'm a 5' 4" female with inside leg measurement (bare feet) of 31.5", fairly unfit but not desperately so but I do have problems with my lower back. I'm looking for a light, comfortable, speedy, versatile hybrid with an open frame but not one of those very low slung open frames. No drop handlebars (had a Dawes Galaxy, been there and done that). I will be using it for short runs to the post office, shops - so it needs a rack for panniers etc and for longer rides - say 5 to 20 miles average - for getting fit. The roads round here are really bad, potholes etc and I'd like to take it to the park, ride it on gravelly paths etc. From what I understand, comfort bikes are heavier than hybrids so I'd prefer the latter. I already have a Brompton, Specialized Rockhopper, Dahon (20" tourer), and none of them really fits the bill. My LBS recommended a Trek T30 but I can't find much info on these and am more interested in a Giant CRS 2 City at £395 http://www.giant-bicycles.com/EN-GB/bikes/women/1432/31744/ Specialized Globe City 5 - but these are around £700 http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?a=b&minisite=10028&spid=37040&language=US Or a Dawes Sonoran £300 ish http://www.dawescycles.com/dawes/sonoran-ladies-1.htm Or a Dawes Discovery 301 about £250 http://www.dawescycles.com/dawes/dicovery-301-ladies.htm If anyone has any suggestions for other bikes or opinions on these I'd be very grateful. Also frame size suggestions, where to start? 15" 17"? Thanks!