Hey everyone. The last time I owned a bike was a few years ago. I bought a Schwinn from Wal-Mart and 2 weeks after I got it I was riding down the road peacefully and the handlebars just completely detached from the bike and down I went. I hated the bike anyway because I had bought a mountain bike and was using it to ride around town and it was hard to ride. I ended up selling the bike a little later.
I haven't owned a bike in a few years but I'd like to get a new one. No more Wal-Mart bikes though. I have no idea where to start looking for a bike or what brands are good and so on. I'm mostly going to be riding around town and use it as a way to get to the next town over which is about a 15 mile ride one way. I won't be doing much mountain biking. I'm going to be incorporating bike riding as part of my workout routine though a few times a week.
If anyone can point me in the right direction on where to start looking and what are good brands it would be greatly appreciated. I've done a little reading so far and I'm pretty sure I want to get a road bike. I don't have a ton of money so I'm trying to find something under $500 it's possible to find a quality bike for that price.
I'm a 31 year old male by the way if that makes any difference.