Good afternoon bike people,
I will be moving into the city in about a month and will not have a car. I am close to public transportation and am able to take the subway to the only two places I really need to go (school and work). However I would also like to get a bike so I can get some exercise in on nice days and ride to work or school and for any small trips in which public trans. is not the most convenient choice. Work is 1.5 miles away and school is 3 miles away so neither of these trips are very far. With all this said, I know very little about bikes and which brands are considered good or bad quality. I am looking to spend no more than $250.
I found this bike on groupon for $200.00 when it's original price is apparently $400.00. It's a Galaxie Fixed gear bike and I know nothing about this brand. Fixed Gear Bikes Deal of the Day | Groupon
I found this 2nd bike on Urban Outfitters for $400.00 but I am able to get 1 40% employee discount which would knock it down to $240.00. It's a Sole The ZISSOU Bike. I also know nothing about this brand.
Which of these two deals is a better option? Also is there any other bikes you can recommend which are nice for the price but still under my $250.00 budget?
All your input and expertise is appreciated in advanced.