I just started shopping craigslist for a new used bike, and quickly realized that I no longer have any idea of what brands are quality and which are junk. Your advice would be greatly appreciated.
I need a bike to use for chores on our farm (possibly with a cart behind it), and to use to ride to town (5 miles 1 way on rural roads, with little or no shoulder), and to other shopping (about 8 miles).
I'm thinking that a mountain bike, with at least front suspension would be good for on farm, and in the case of having to get off the edge of the pavement in a pinch.
A good sturdy bike is probably more important than an extremely light bike.
I'm assuming I would need to fit fenders onto a mountain bike to stay dry on wet roads.
Your advice would be greatly appreciated.