I really like the bikes at the local bike shop, but they are just too much money at the moment.
I see lots of neat looking bikes at the big boxes, but I can also see a lot of stamped metal fittings and such. I guess I might have a short idea of what to look for and what to beware of, mostly due to other posts on this forum.
What I need is some advice other than the obvious "suck it up and spend more money for a decent bike shop bike." I would if I could, but it seems impossible. Too many other things fighting for the same windfall.
What brands of bike are better than others. I see a lot of Huffy and Schwinn, and those are brands I am familiar with from long ago.