Trying to do my research on getting my first bike... and i'm torn...i just don't know/understand the best choice for me.... hybrid or mountain? I have been to several shops around town and and even with their recommendations i'm still getting mixed answers on which to go for. Im a complete newbie, honestly, have not ridden in years and have never had a bike better than a walmart special.... so i know anything is an improvement! I test road a Trek Neko 2 and am looking to test a few other brands later this week (a friend recommended the brand Cannondale -he has a hardtail mountain). Like i was saying though... not riding in forever and not having really anything to compare to i'm not sure if i would know good from bad. So i really hope you guys can help me firm up a plan! i live in town backed up to several parks for trail riding (some gravel/ some paved, and im sure more options for even more rough terrain)... which i think will be my primary use. I don't see me taking any crazy trails/jumps/downhills but i like the ability to grow into the bike as i get more confident. i also don't see me using it on the street that heavily... but i like the idea of the occasional ability. There is one event coming up later this year where a friend is running a road relay and the team is looking for riders to ride support to the runners at night and such. I was considering doing that....and if i can use my bike, great. I hope to find something reasonable in price/quality, not low end/basic but not something i will grow out of quickly. This is a complete new thing for me.... and im hoping to stick with this and get more into riding, but i dont have the ability to sink a great deal into a "new hobby" just yet. So an advice is greatly appreciated!!