To start off I've owned one bike in my life. I was 12 and it was a BMX that ended up getting stolen a few months after getting it..
I moved to the county a few years ago right next to a large nature preserve and 2 parks with nice biking paths. I've been wanting to get a bike to ride but i haven't a clue what would be best for me. The paths are gravel and well maintained. I figure a mountain bike would be best.
I don't feel comfortable spending a bunch of money on a bike yet. I've skimmed this and another forum for newbie advice and nothing really seems to fit my needs. It seems to get started one needs roughly 500.00 just for the bike not including any gear. Which isn't possible for me right now. What would be a good bike in the 200.00 range? I'll be buying two. I was looking online and saw;
Is it trash? Will it hold up? What specs should i be looking for?
Lastly the BMX i had use to get flats all the time. What would i need to minimize this? Good tires? The paths are about 8 miles away from my house and the longest one is 16 miles. I would hate to push a bike back from that.
Thanks for any help.