Re: New guy in Cali.
Yup, what Alf said.
And it's kinda hard defying the CARB here in Kalifornia, so it will be expensive getting chineese kitbike stuff here in Kalifornia.
With your budget I would get a cheep trimmer off cl and review the threads by Maurtis, A_dam, Deacon, and others to build a rack mount FD for that bicycle.
My goal is cheap, reliable, personal transport, below the tax collector radar. Fun counts for a lot!