Newer rider, bought a GT Timberland on a great deal. Been riding it for a few months and have gotten really into biking. Nothing serious, light trails, some on-road, some off. Turns out, it's pretty worn out and will be pretty expensive to get it riding good again.
Here's my question, I want to buy a new bike somewhat comparable to the one I have. Nothing too over the top, just to do what I have been doing. Looking to spend anywhere from $250-$400 on it. Went and looked at some of the lower model Trek's today. The 3900 series, seemed pretty good and it was around $420 at a local shop. Going to look at some bikes at Dicks Sporting Goods tonight. I found a Nishiki online that looked pretty decent. Anybody know anything about these bikes?
I really need some suggestions and comments on whats a good bike in this range.