Re: good(cheap) bike to start with? wally-world?..
any suggestions in the $120-ish(usd) range?[/QUOTE]
JMO, THE best bike for that amount is a USED one.
With a little luck, you can find a used bike that originally sold for $500+. The very best in components and frame for cheap.
I bought a used Giant Rincon bike for $160. It looked like it came straight from the showroom.
I also bought a Giant dual suspension/duall disc/28-speed bike for $100. This one was in good condition and will replace my twin-engined monster.
My friend Hawaii Ed GAVE me an old Gary Fisher bike. Two new tires and I pedal it for exercise Monday thru Friday.