I am aching to get back in the seat, but it's been a long time since I've owned a bike.
I need to know how to choose the RIGHT bike for my needs. Normally, it wouldn't be a big deal - I'd just get whatever cheap off Craigslist, but I've got a little one to worry about now. ^_^
I'm planning on using the bike for "quick" trips to the grocery (I live two miles from anything resembling civilization) and trails around the area parks. Not planning on going offroading or anything, but I need something that will safely hold a basket full of groceries on the front, and a 30 lb toddler on the back, without blowing a tire on the way.
Is there a special type of bike that's best for toddler seats? a certain type of wheel I need? What size bike is best for a petite woman (5' tall)?
If I know what I'm supposed to be looking for, then I can try finding it at a deal - but I don't want to buy a bike on the cheap, just to find out it's not the right type for me.
Thanks so much for helping!!