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Old 04-17-16, 08:09 PM
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Sounds like you want a hybrid/flat bar road bike (upright seating position, skinny tires for long distance riding)

If you're willing to up the budget a little bit for a new bike, sign up for Nashbar's email list and wait for one of their 20-30% coupons to come out (happens almost weekly). $15 shipping for bikes. If you can work a hex key these bikes aren't a bad deal:

AT1 Mountain Bike ($220 before discount, $176 with 20%):
Nashbar AT1 Mountain Bike

Flat Bar Road bike ($280 before discount, $225 with 20%):
Nashbar Flat Bar Road Bike

Trekking bike ($350 before discount, $280 with 20%):
Nashbar Trekking Bike

If you're willing to up your budget to $300, I think the Nashbar trekking bike is the sweet spot (you can get it for $280 shipped if you buy it during their 25% off discount). Altus/Acera groupset, 700x35c tires and fairly decent parts.

I wouldn't really look at the mountain bike for your needs but it's a decent new bike that's in your range.
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