Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Columbus, OH
Bikes: Yuba Mundo; Early 70's Free Spirit (Reynolds 531) fixie; 80's Shogun 500; Mid 90's Iron Horse tandem; trailer and tag-a-long; Schwinn Range for commuting, with lights and front and rear racks.
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I lived in Warner, NH for around three years.
Where do you plan to ride? If you'll be needing to climb hills, you'll want a fairly wide range of gearing, but if you live in Concord and won't meet many hills, a single speed or internal gear hub with a chain guard would simply things, especially in the winter.
With your budget, I'd definitely be looking for something used, but the problem is that, unless you know what you want and what to look for, you may flounder a bit in the used market.
If you plan to ride in the winter, look at some of the numerous winter riding threads on this site. You'll definitely want fenders, lights (I suggest generator lights), not too narrow tires with studs (take a look at peterwhitecycles.com in Hillsborough), and a bicycle with enough clearance to fit the tires and fenders.
For good studded tires, you'll spend at least $50 per tire, and you'll want other tires for the summer. Fenders aren't too expensive, but lights can be a bit. You can get a decent generator system for $150 (I like the Busch & Müller dymotec generator). You'll need a pump, patch kit, and at least a few other tools. A rack is very nice, especially if you'll be replacing a car, and want to carry groceries, etc. (although you can always take a cab). Including an inexpensive helmet, you're looking at easily $300 not including a bicycle.
You can probably find a decent bicycle on craigslist for $200-$300, but, as I said before, you need to know what you want. If you could post again, telling us in more detail where live, where you plan to ride, and whether you know enough about bicycles, or know someone who knows enough to buy a used bicycle. If you post a few adds from your local craigslist and tells us a bit about your body size (height, weight, inseam measurement (from floor to pubic bone), people on the forum may be able to give you some helpful advice.