Hello, I'm new here. I wouldn't really say I'm a bike enthusiest (more like motorsports enthusiest), but I'm looking to buy a bike within the next couple weeks for exercise (I've noticed a few extra lbs. in the last few months ).
Anyway, I don't want to spend a lot of money... basically all I'll be using the bike for is riding to work and back (about 5 KMs each way) each day, and maybe riding say around 10 KMs on the weekend.
Now what sort of bike should I be looking for? Is a walmart $200 special an OK choice? Or the bikes that you can get at Sportchek??
Also one question I have, is if there's any real advantage to having the split-frame shock that I see on so many new bikes? Does it make it a nicer ride? Or is it only really necessary for mountain-biking?
Like this for example:
That's only $129 (about $175 for me in Canada).
Any info. is welcome.