I'm toying with the idea of buying a bike to ride to school instead of driving or taking the bus. I haven't used a bike since I was a wee little thing. After some looking around I'm finding city bikes as little as $80 and others for hundreds of dollars. I see people saying to avoid the cheap ones, but they don't say why. So TQC, what's so bad about them? If all I'm doing is going on paved roads, are they fine?
Do you have any tips for biking in cities with heavy traffic? Are there any rules on where I can park/leave the bike, like if I'm going to a store, if there's no designated area to put a bike?
If you bike regularly, have you ever been in an accident? Do you bike in the winter?