My name is Dan Gessler, 20 years old and currently studying business at Virginia Tech. I've hardly ever biked in my life except for when I was very young, and haven't stepped on a bike for the past 5 years or so at least. For the past year though, I've been exercising everyday, and the idea of biking seems like so much fun.
My main question here is will a person like me make use of the benefits of getting an expensive mountain bike over a cheaper one? Someone I know is selling at 2005 Jamis Dakota AL (brand new) for $550. Also, is getting a mountain bike probably the right choice? I'll probably be doing some commuting to school, and possibly some trail biking for exercise.