OK I have searched the forums and read many posts but still haven't figured out the answer to my current situation.
I currently a wonderfully build Mongoose MTB from Wal-mart.....(do I need more sarcasm?). I use it to commute from my apartment to campus daily which is a short ride, about 4km. It is beginning to fail me though *surprise!* and I'm looking into getting a real commuter/city/urban bike as I use the bike not just for school but also as my "car" as I have a saddle on the back with 2 collapsable wire baskets for hauling groceries and whatnot.
I'm looking into a new bike now that'll fit me for my style of commuting as well as my college size wallet. I'm looking to switch from a MTB to more of a road bike with 700c tires to get the speed that is hard to come by with my current ride.
I've looked at a couple bike shops and it almost seems like I wont be able to get anything good under $500 . I like the Specialized Globe Sport (especially after the guy at the shop flipped something and lowered the handlebars) but the price at $550 makes me weep a bit.
Any ideas on what I should do?