(2) Prune the list to only those in your price range. Prune the list again based on how well the parameters of the bike meet your requirements (based on the rest of the text in the article).
(3) Visit all the local bike shops in your area to see which of these they have on the floor (if any) and which they can order for you. Find out if they will order one in your size on a "no obligation to buy" basis.
(4) Test ride all the ones you can find/order.
(5) Buy the one that feels the best to you.
(6) If you are unable to get any bikes to take a test ride, then you'll have to take a chance. Pick any of the popular bikes from a major brand and you'll be fine.
(7) Don't over-think this. There are many bikes that will suffice. You don't need the "best" bike. You just need one that meets your requirements.
I agree that most people here will recommend the bike they personally own. That won't be that useful to you.