There was some really old bike with a coaster brake when I was a tiny tot, followed by a Huffy BMX bike (which, sadly, I never learned how to do any stunts with). In high school, I had a ten speed cheap bike that was oddly similar to a modern hybrid (bigger tires but not mountain tires, upright handlebars, etc. with just a normal fork) that I used through college that was pretty much falling apart by the time I was done. I opted not to move it because it sat unused for too long and was in such awful shape.
The big thing, of course, is that nobody had given me a proper engineering explanation for chain wear and sprocket wear and so the chain was all worn out with some clearly bad links and the sprockets were ground to the chain's sprockets, so I'd have to replace all of the gears and chains and that would add up for a cheap department store ten speed.
Hindsight, of course, suggests that this would have been the perfect bike to do something silly with, like a fixie conversion.
Either way, I decided that I wanted a new bike. I was told by a friend that I should take a look at hybrid bikes and I figured that I'd probably enjoy a nice new bike that hadn't been stored outside in the elements for years, so I went into bike store and picked up a Trek 7100. It had a 22" frame and was blue and was stolen (from the secured parking underneath my building, no less) before anything had the chance to even think about going even mildly wrong with it.
Now, it got stolen right before wintertime, so I just decided to go bikeless for a bit, which actually kinda sucked. I didn't want to go right back into the same bike store and get the exact same bike all over again, so I stewed about it. Finally it felt like the "right" time, so I went through a few bike stores with an Excel spreadsheet and picked out a bike.
The guy at the bike store was certain that he could fit me into a medium sized bike. We kept going up in frame size until I had a 22" frame. I didn't know what I was looking for with the Trek 7100, but I had a better idea with the new bike. I do feel that most of the decisions about it were fairly close to right. I like trails but not full fledged mountain biking, so I like having the fatter but non-studded tires and the suspension fork.
So I ended up with the Fuji Nevada 3.5. It seems to be a rebadged version of Fuji's Police bike because the loadout is about the same. It's a hardtail mountain frame with different tires and already came with all of the usual bolt-ons like toe-clips and a rack and bar-ends already attached. The mechanical parts are a little higher end than the old Trek and it's got one more gear... although that's mostly a better granny gear instead of a faster high end gear.