Hi, I'd like to know which bike is right for me:
I'd normally use it every weekday to commute from home to school, about 1 mile. From home, For the first quarter mile it dips down about 40 feet, then it's flat for another quarter mile, than the last half mile is uphill about 40 feet.
I will occasionally ride around the neighborhood when I feel like it.
I might possibly bring this to college in two years, since I plan to go to a university, which will almost always warrant a bike for rolling around.
I carry a backpack [obviously] to school, which can be any weight from 5 pounds to 20 pounds. I think this year I want to bring my laptop to school daily, too.
edit: This place exists in my city
I've been there once, and they look high quality.
I'm in Texas, so in August the temperatures morning and afternoon would be about 80F/30C and 100F/40C, and at the lowest in the winter, 30F/0C to 40F/5C.
I don't want a piece-of-crap walmart Huffy bike, but I don't think I'll need a $5000 ultra-highend bike. I'm not sure what my budget is, but I'd guess right now it is $100 - $250... which I understand doesn't get me many great bikes, seeing as how I see frames worth more than my budget.