I need your input. I live close to the beach (5 miles) and would like to ride on the beach, as well as around town. I am not planning on any trail riding, but I do want to be able to jump curbs and ride on gravel/sand.
Am I better off going with a mountain bike and putting on some slicker tires on it, or would a hybrid bike be a better option? No beach cruisers.
Is there a basic quality mountain bike with disc brakes that I should look for? I have about $500 to spend, so I'm guessing I'm getting a used bike.