I need help choosing a bike. (I'm new)
Hi. I'm wanting to buy a bike to get to school faster (I live 1.75 mi away) and to generally just move around more quickly. As of right now, I walk almost everywhere, and it's <i>slow</i>.
I don't need a bike that can handle extreme conditions, such as mountains, but an all-purpose bike would be nice, in case I ever -do- need to take the bike off the road (or cut across some grass).
I'm 6'0" and 150lbs.
What would be the best bike to buy (or line of bikes)? The cheaper the bike, the better, and I'm really looking for the most for my money. 150 is really the most I can spend...
I'd probably also need a bike lock, in case anyone knows where I could buy a cheap one.
Thanks in advance, and note: I'm not into the bike scene at ALL, so treat me like a complete ignorant.