Help, never had a bike before but will need one for college
Hello everyone, currently I go to college though staying at home. When I go off to university next fall I decided I will get a bike instead of a car because it's simply cheaper. The problem is that I don't really know how to ride a bike. The last bike I had was 10+ years ago and it had training wheels, heh. Suffice to say I lost interest and my parents never forced me to learn. I'm confident I can pick it up pretty quick though. I will during the spring time.
However, I have sat on different bikes before and one thing is for certain, I do not like high seated bikes with thin wheels. That would eliminate road bikes wouldn't it? I also eliminated those cruiser bikes because the university I will go to does have a few hills (Not a lot) and piles of snow (it's right on Lake Ontario). Not practical. I will live on campus but I want to be able to ride the bike in the town too, it is my form of transportation after all. I'm confused because since I never had a bike, I just don't know what quality I should look for.
So the requirements:
- the bike must be durable
- possibly hybrid bike or commuter? Which one is best?
- have relatively thick tires
- comfortable to ride, I'm not going to go fast
- the price range shouldn't be high, around $200-450 but no more
- and anything that I'm ignorant about that I should add here
I'm not looking for a fancy bike, but I'm not interested in the sporty looking bikes either. Thanks for the help, I appreciate it.