I grew up riding on bmx and mountain bikes. I've got kids now and want to bike along with them. I'm also thinking I'd like to use the bike to commute to work. 12 miles round trip. I won't be hitting any trails, jumps, or attempting any "stunts" lol. I am drawn quite a bit more to the bmx look. I'd like to get out of a bike shop paying under $600. Opinions please on what I should get.
If all you want to put into a bike is $600, check what's available on Craigslist.
Why would I spend more? I stated what I would be using the bike for. Nothing to justify dropping thousands of dollars on a bicycle for. I'm questioning whether or not I should even spend that much. I asked for opinions on what to buy. Not where to shop. Thanks for nothing.
Trek 700 (2000ish), 88 Schwinn Voyaguer, late 80's-ish lugged Spalding mountain bike
Agree with above. Trek fx series might be good. I once test rode a diamondback insight that might be right up your alley. It's a flat bar non-suspension bike that has a fairly moderate drive train (not crazy high or low but with a good range). It comes with 32c street tires (not knobby off road). Basically a good street bike for someone who wants a flat bar ride. It was a very smooth ride from what I remember, and I think it was at the top of your price range, but I do agree looking for a used name brand hybrid might be a good way to save some dough. After I test rode that diamondback which I liked a lot, I ended up buying a used lugged steel road bike for half the cost of the insight.