So as the title implies, i've started biking on my old department store bought bike, and of course, only managed to last a few weeks. It was fun riding it though, and am now looking for a new bike. The budget: $400
Im steering towards either a mountain or hybrid bike, but as a complete novice I don't exactly know what will be worth buying, but from what i've seen and heard, anything is an upgrade from an old Wal-mart bike. I mainly plan on using the bike for commutes around town, but I don't really like the road bike style, plus in the future it would seem real fun to go down a trail, nothing extreme though, a dirt trail at most. I'll raise my budget later down the line if i become passionate about mountain biking or something and want to handle some of the more harder trails. Anyway, basically, im a 6ft dude looking around for a new bike and just seeing how it goes. Any advice on what I should be looking for or anything along those lines would be great. Im definitely not expecting some dual suspension hydraulic disc brake beast. Rim-brakes have more then enough stopping power for the riding ill be doing. Thx.