(ETA: I realized I forgot a major question of mine... Would a cruiser be ok for this kind of commute, or should I totally scrap that idea and focus on hybrids/road/city bikes?)
I really know nothing about bikes, I haven't ridden one regularly since I was about 7. But I'd like to get a bike for commuting/grocery shopping/general transportation. To work or the store would be no more than about 3 miles one way.
I was thinking I could just get a cheap cruiser, but I posted on Yahoo Answers and all the people who responded said a cruiser would be awful for that and that I should get a hybrid. Well, I'm having trouble finding a hybrid small enough for me and within my price range. (I'm about 4'11", and my dad is buying it so really price is his call, but I know he doesn't want to spend a ton. Plus I'd need to have a little left in the budget for accessories.)
I saw an archived thread on here describing a similar situation (about a 2.5 mile commute), and a lot of people said to just get a cruiser. So I'm conflicted. I'll post some links to the bikes I'm considering. Any help or opinions are appreciated!
This is probably my #1 choice right now:
Similar and cheaper, but no rear rack, which I really like about the first one:
Again, no rear rack...:
Here's a "commuter or utility bike" I found on craigslist, but I'm always a little iffy about craigslist, especially when I know nothing about what I'm buying:
This one is a long shot... It's kinda pricy, I'm really not sure Dad would say yes to that price!:
I guess to summarize the main things I want/need: something I can ride short distances through town that's not too expensive. preferably something with a rear rack/place for storage/to carry groceries. something small enough for me. something that I can ride in an upright position. and good looks are a plus too =P
I think that's it! Thanks in advance for any help ^_^