I need a bike under $300.
I do not know much about bikes.
I want something with shocks up front, and a durable frame. 21 speed would be awesome.
If components are sub standard, I plan to invest more into the bike as I get more pocket money.
I originally thought a hardtail would be good (based on pictures), but seem to be leaning more toward hybrids (also based on pics). I know nothing about bike parts, and really want to get into the sport. My previous bikes were all super-store bikes. I used to use them for the school commute only.