Jeez, before looking around online to find out more about cycling, I would not have thought it possible that any bikes under $700 or so is kinda cheaps (based on the under $700 & $750 threads). I only have like a $100 to spend on a better bike and are just not sure about getting used bikes. Yeah I'm well aware that there are many threads out there asking for advices on looking for a new bikes but I have seen none of them (even via the search) for under $100 or any with advices on what to watch out for and where to look for an used bikes.
I really really want a better bike than my Wal-Mart Roadmaster Mt. Fury but with the prices I'm not even sure if $100 can make that much of an improvement or if it would be better for me to just buy better components for my Mt. Fury.
So hopefully either somebody around here start up a under $100 thread or gives me some advices on avoiding being ripped off and to make sure that I'm picking the right bike.
Basically I need a road bike that has some tolerance for going over curbs (around where I live, there are many roads that I'm not yet confident (or in shape) enough to get off the sidewalk and ride among the vehicles) and are able to accepts racks and panniers when I have the money for it.
P.S. since today is sunday, I'll wait till tomorrow or later to call (via www.ip-relay.com) the local cycling group to see if they could have any advices for me or if there is any members with any extra bikes to get rid of.
P.S.S. My Mt. Fury bike have been serving my purpose as a beginner/cheapie bike but it is starting to mess up now and I'll need another bike anyway so I can ride one while I fix the other. My bike currently have the front deraullier cable loosened so I won't accidently shift it to any bigger gears and get stucks on a higher gears than what I'm used to. My rear wheel are also starting to mess up and whenever I look down at it when I'm riding, it looks pretty wavy. No accidents though (good things since I'm still shopping for a helmet )
P.S.S.S. I'll post a link to a pic of my bike once I have it uploaded to my site. though the pic is 3072x2304px and a half megabytes for those of you on dail-up.