I have recently begun biking to work. Right now I ride a Schwinn Frontier. We got it back in the 90's but I'm not sure exactly what year it is. It's the only functioning bike I have at the moment. In order to get to work I have to ride on the shoulder of a state highway and through some rugged terrain because the shoulder is not in all places. I work a minimum wage job and I need to get a bike for college because after my parents divorce my mother, sister and I have been left destitute. Is there a decent hybrid I can buy that is priced somewhere between $400 and $700? Also, if I can't get a decent one for that kind of money, how much would I need to save for a decent one? I ask that everyone please try and keep brand bias to a minimum. I realise that many people do not trust Schwinn, GT, and Mongoose because they were bought out by Pacific (I believe, correct me if I'm wrong) The closest bike dealer to me is roughly 4 miles from my house. the next closest dealer is roughly 20-25 miles away and I have no car, so I am limited to what is close by. Thank you to everyone who contributes.