I'm a student and I'm looking to get some exercise/have some fun biking around campus, around my neighborhood and on some well-kept trails. I had a bike in the city I used to live in (Pittsburgh) but it got stolen two years ago. It was pretty much broken anyways because it was the same two-wheel bike that I had since I was 13.
Now I'm in a different city and want to start biking again, but I'm on a tight budget. I want something that I'm not going to have to spend a lot of money to repair in the future, but I need to pay for Summer classes and can't afford much more than $300.00 up front.. I might be able to swing a little more. I know that you get what you pay for, but I'm at a conundrum here because I want something that won't cost me in repairs or replacement in the long run, but I also don't want to spend like $500.00 or more.
So.. any suggestions for a bike that I could afford, ride around campus, travel from my neighborhood to town (a few miles), and maybe hit up some well-kept (paved or partially paved) trails with? I appreciate any feedback.