To be fair, I prefer the look of the trek one over the bear...lol
Their appears there are 3 versions of the Mynx....was looking at this one: http://www.trekbikes.com/uk/en/bikes/mountain/cross_country/mynx/mynx#/uk/en/model/details?url=uk/en/bikes/mountain/cross_country/mynx/mynx
...cheaper than the Marin by a few quid:
I did look at hybrids, but from other sites I looked at I figured with a more upright seated position it might get a bit annoying on the roads, and possibly off balancing. I forgot to mention I also carry a rucksack with my lunch and a change of clothes which is bulky and heavy (especially over winter and im carrying a jumper!)
The route I take (ok, seems a bit lame compared to other commuter stories) is down a pretty steep series of hills leading onto another which has a pretty steady volume of traffic and a lot of industrial vehicles (which drop a fair bit of sharp lumpy stuff on the roads), when I'm going off road it's either onto poorly maintained pavements (bad I know, but it's either that or face the traffic behind me which is trying to get up another hill!) or if I take the route that avoids most of the roads it's a little dirt track by the side of a river, equally poorly maintained.
I'll see what the local bike place says about the weight of the trek - if it's mega heavy then I'll keep looking.
I looked at the boardman bikes in halfords on their web and they look pretty good. The only thing that put me off was that the only half decent women's bike I could see was white with pink bits on it. I'm not a fan of pink. Pus my current bike was put together at halfords and the screws tightened by another halfords and then everything was generally put as it should be when I got it serviced elsewhere - so I don't trust them too much...and I can't put a bike together myself, I'd be as useful as some of the halfords staff...ok, I know they're not all bad, but with bikes everything is important to get right not just 'it'll be ok'...