Hi my name is Chuck and I am new to the forums. After reading a bunch of posts on here I decided to take a trip to my LBS to see what kind of bike they could offer me within my price range.
My original price range was $200 but it looks like it might have to be pushed up closer to $300. I know that I will not be getting the best bike for this amount of money and that x-mart bikes are not the way to go.
I am 25, haven't ridden in a few years(not in the best of shape), living in a mostly flat part of town, and looking for a comfortable bike that will take me on short trips. Probably the most I will be riding on a given trip is 10 miles round trip on pavement. I just need something to get me places quicker than walking that won't break after a month. I know most responses in these types of threads tell the poster to increase his price point, but at this current time I simply cannot do anymore than $300
The two bikes the LBS showed me were as follows:
-Phat Cycles Sea Wind ($189) http://www.phatcycles.com/Phundamentals/seawind1m.htm
-Sun Bicycles Revolution 7 Speed ($292)
Both bikes seem to be pretty sturdy. The Phat bike is in my initial price range and is comfortable although I like the fact that the Sun bike has hand brakes and shifters if I do encounter any hills. I cannot seem to find any reviews of either bike online from many Google and forum searches as the words "SUN" and "PHAT" don't help much.
So I am asking anyone with any knowledge of the parts listed at those above links why is the Phat bike so much cheaper? Is it junk or will it satisfy my needs just fine? Is it worth spending $100 more dollars and breaking my price point to get the Sun bike or is there another bike in that similar price range that would be better? Are both of them junk and I should probably check another LBS? Have any of you heard anything good/bad about either brand?
Any answers or advice would be greatly appreciated and I'm sorry for such a long first post but I figured the more thorough I am in my description the more answers I will receive.