I'm planning a backpacking trip to New Zealand, and am thinking of biking (walking takes too long, and I'm not about to drive on the left side of the road! ). Anyway, I really don't know much about bikes, so could you give me a recommendation?
I'll be starting on the North Island (in Auckland) and riding straight down (obviously catching a boat to get to the South Island. ). The South Island is fairly hilly, so I need something that can withstand lots of hills, mountains, and dirt roads. It needs to be light weight anbd comfortable (I'm 5'3", if that makes any difference) and most importantly; it needs to be cheap. If there is something good for under $300, that'd be fantastic.
Oh, and if you can attach a basket on the back...I know it looks dorky, but I don't want to have to wear that backpack all the time.