I would like to purchase a bike in order to commute between school and home (less than 2 miles one way). The area in question is paved but there are lots of places where the pavements are broken and the city is also a little hilly.
I thought my best option would be a hybrid bike. I looked into Fuji Crosstown 3.0 ($410), Diamondback Edgewood LX ($300), Schwinn Midmoor ($250), Lamborghini Urbano ($200), Kent 26" Men's Glendale CS Dual-Suspension ($100). I have a few questions which I hope you can help me with.
1. What type of bike is best fit to my use? Do I really need a front and seat suspensions on the bike?
2. Since money is an issue for me, I would like to buy the least expensive but still pretty decent bike (hopefully somewhere between $100 and $200). Any recommendations on other bikes which I have not considered?
3. From the bikes I mention above, which is best suited to my work or which brand is better?
4. Where and how do you purchase bikes? Is it better to conduct the transaction online, in a bike shop, or a department store? I have done some research on all three and I am leaning on buying something at the local sports shop called Sports Authority.
Thank you so much in advance!