Join Date: May 2004
Location: San Diego, CA
Bikes: old peugot frankenbike
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Well, I have a suggestion for ya, for a cheap bike from walmart, in fact it's even made by next.
The 'avalon', my mom has one. It's a 'comfort' type bike, 7 speeds, big spring seat, soft handlegrips, etc. It has curved handlebars, and it's pretty comfortable to ride.
It does have a front and rear suspension, but don't expect phenomenal performance from either shock.
I think they run about $100 or so, should be within budget.
BTW, my mom's put over 500 miles on hers, had it since February. They were mostly road miles, but rough roads for some of it. Only had to lube it a few times when it started creaking, and everything works fine on it.
Or, another option would be a used bike with nice quality parts, you could probably get
one for about that much, but expect to pay about $200 for a decent one (I think).
I think my bike shop's adult-sized bikes start at $250, and that one is a pretty low-end trek.
If you can swing $350 or so, I'd recommend the Specialized Hardrock sport, that's what I have, and still lovin' it after almost 2 months of pretty hard riding.