During an eight mile ride with my younger brother this weekend, he took a little spill trying to come around a corner too fast. Nothing major, he didn't hurt himself at all. The bike didn't colide with anything, it just skidded sideways, but the front wheel looks like it went head on with a car. I attribute this to the fact that it's a *mart bike, and I'm now in the process of trying to convince our parents to get him a decent bike from the LBS for his upcoming birthday (July 4).
The problem is that they've probably never spent more than $150 on a bike, and they consider that a lot. They pretty much told me out right that there's no way they're going to spend $300 on a bike for him, which I'm thinking is about the minimum for a decent bike. There's also no way they'd ever consider buying a used bike.
The question is this; what's the cheapest get-around-town bike you know of? Some kind of cross-terrain style of bike would probably be best, I'm guessing. My brother is turning 14 this year, but he's 6'1" already, and probably going to grow at least an inch or two more.
Is there any hope at all of finding a decent new bike for around $200?