I'm planning on using a bike for the next four years or so for college. When I learned that the old bike in my shed was actually valuable and not something worth getting trashed, I realized that I know very, very little about bikes.
What I'm looking for is some help on picking out a cheap, sturdy bike that I can still use without it falling apart. I have a tiny budget in the bike world, $200, but I don't really want to just pick out the prettiest or cheapest bike in a department store and hope for the best. To make matters worse not only am I going to be in a collegetown, but I'll be pretty far up north, where there's as much salt as snow on the road! It's actually those reasons why it was suggested I leave the bike I already have at home, because road salt is nasty stuff.
Used would be great, but I don't know where to start looking. Suggestions on brands, websites to browse, or any other information would be madly helpful. Thank you!