Here's what I kind of read in your post.
1. You didn't want to spent a $1000
2. You wanted to do some grocery shopping with it. This requires panniers.
My suggestion would be to check out all you local bike shops to see if they sell use bikes and they should be really ready to get rid of them right now during winter. Just go before spring which is when they get top price.
Buy the used bike and then if you like it you always could get a better bike. Make sure they fit you either way though.
As others said either a hybrid or lighter weight mt. bike, or possible a leisure bike. If you get a good feel for the shop you probably can get a better component bike used than the new one.
If the shop tries selling you a bike before they even listen what kind of bike riding you want to do, run like crazy out of that shop as they are trying to sell you something they can't sell.
Most of the fun is the shopping for the bike so good luck.
Edited by: ZURICHMAN at: 1/24/2014 (18:14)
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