I am just getting into the world of bikes (from previously not knowing ANYTHING really except how to ride one around without falling off) and stumbled across this forum which struck me as a vibrant, welcoming and helpfull community.
Now I am going to be at College in the Fall (University of California Berkeley) and need to find a bike for it.
Budget price preferably. I was hoping to shop for under $200 unless there's a really compelling reason to go higher than that (I was planning to use Craigslist or some other resources to find USED BIKES because I hear they are of better value)
Mainly just for getting to class. There are paved roads 90% of the time and sometimes the road isn't perfectly smooth but again, its in the middle of an urban city
A rack or something might be nice to carry books or groceries but if the bikes without it are much nicer, I might consider dropping this luxury.
UC Berkeley, is in Berkeley California. No snow but can have lots of rain (afraid of slipping and hurting myself badly)
I am a 5 foot 7 inch tall male.
Hopefully not too flashy because it might get stolen (unless I learn some good bike locking techniques here).
PRICE isn't too high because I'm just getting into this bike world (coming from old cheap walmart bikes) and want an ECONOMICAL ride with a great USER experience.
Thank you so much! I've done over 10 hours of research online and am still very lost on WHAT bikes to search for and etc..
THANK YOU AGAIN!
ALL HELP IS APPRECIATED!