Hi all, I am new here. Like so many, I have chosen the bike as my tool to get me back into to shape. I grew up in Brazil and I used to have to ride a bike 40 or more miles a week. In Brazil we have a bike manufactured by a company called Monarka. Back then the bikes were just basic one speed bikes, but they were tough as nails. I rode mostly on dirt roads through miles of mud and the bikes just kept going. When I go to Wal-Mart to look for a bike, there are so many bikes, with all kinds of stuff on them. The one thing missing on them all is a luggage rack. All Monarkas had a sturdy luggage rack over the rear wheel that could be used to haul luggage or an extra person. They are so useful I cannot imagine owning a bike without one. I plan to use my bike (when I get it) to do my grocery shopping and stuff, so I need that rack. I was just over at Wal-Mart and I noticed that they now have two bike models with luggage racks. One is a Shimano Mongoose c700, and the other is Schwinn Delmar. I like the looks of the Shimano better then the Schwinn. I was just wondering if you guys can give me some pointers. I am just not sure about the quality of the bikes here in the US. If I could get my hands on a good Monarka I would feel safe.
Oh, one more thing. I know I could spend tons of money to get a good bike, but are there any good budget bikes out there (That have a carry rack)?