Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Northern Nevada
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Those bikes are really junk. They MIGHT work for awhile to ride a mile or two, but they won't last and you'll never be happy with them. And when they break, Walmart won't be able to fix them, or even try--you'll have to go to a bike shop, where any kind of repair will cost you more than the original cost of the bike.
If I were you, I'd go to a real bike shop and tell them what you're looking for. They should be able to recommend something at a reasonable price (I checked with a friend of mine who owns a bike shop here, and he said he could get you something decent for about $300-$400). I know it's hard, but you'll be better off doing that.
Another option would be to buy something used, from a bike shop if you can or maybe from a thrift shop like Salvation Army or Good Will. Around here, those stores sometimes have really nice used bikes from about $25-$75. The problem with that is that you have to inspect the bike yourself to see if it's in good condition, and that's hard for a beginner. If you have a friend who rides a lot, you might ask him or her to go with you. But I'd really stay away from those cheap Walmart bikes.