Good beginner bike? Looking at either Trek 7.2 or something in the $300 range.
My girlfriend and I are both looking to buy some bikes I am looking to buy a decent bike for riding around recreational purposes. We probably won't be riding every day, but more likely a few times a week for an hour or two. Almost all of the riding will be done on a paved surface or bike path. We were looking into the Trek 7.2, but at $550 each, plus tax, helmets, locks, accessories, it gets us up to almost $1400 which is a lot. I don't mind spending that much, but I wanted to also know if there were any decent bike options in the ~$300 range. None of our local bike shops had bikes cheaper than that ~$500 or so Trek 7.2 range, but I don't know if there are any decent cheaper ones that you could get at a sports authority type store instead. I've also tried to find used 7.2's for sale but have not had any luck locally. Any suggestions?