Which bike should I get?
Hi, everyone. I'm sure you've all seen countless variations of this thread, but would you please help another newbie out?
Anyways, I've been looking for a new bike to get me back and forth between school, ever since my old bike was smashed into pieces by some unknown cowardly figure. I have a limited budget of under $170, but I don't want to get a bike that is so cheap that it will break after a few rides.
The distance between my home and my school is about 3.6 miles: A 1.5 mile uphill at around 25-30 degrees, 1.7'ish on relatively flat ground, and the final uphill 0.4 at around 35-40 degrees--all on concrete/asphalt. The most I do is go downhill from school to home at full speed, hopping off curbs and making some sharp turns.
I've narrowed my search down to around 2 bikes at this point:
Pacific Cycle 26" Schwinn Men's Traverse Bicycle
World Wide Cycle Supply 26 Inch Boy's Jeep Compass Bicycle
I'm not very knowledgeable in the field of bicycling, so I can't tell which bike is of a better quality. I find the Jeep to be more aesthetically pleasing than the Schwinn, but I think the Schwinn would be better suited for jumping off curbs. Agh.. I don't know what to do. I would prefer the Jeep over the Schwinn if they're equal in terms of sturdiness..
If it helps at all, I'm 5'10 and 143 pounds and planning to put on a few pounds of muscle this year.
Are there any other decent bikes for my budget? I wouldn't mind getting a used bike either, but I don't have the expertise to judge "bang for the buck", and I'm not too sure about trading with individuals.
I should stop typing now.. Thank you all in advance!!
Last edited by jPark; 09-01-08 at 06:25 PM.