I'm starting to look around for a mountain bike so I can bike around my area, we have LOTS of paths here. I want something just to play with, get a nice cardio work out and thats about it. I was thinking about buying one of the many mongooses that the local retail stores sale. they go for $150-250 the only big downside I've seen to them is the weight. The nicer $800+ bikes are in the 25-30lb range where the mongoose looks to be about 35-38lbs My question is. For someone whos going to do basic riding MAYBE try some wooded paths"maybe". but more so for riding up and down the streets/walking paths. Is it worth spending extra money for a nicer bike? or do you think buying an elcheapo bike would be just fine? One of their bikes. Comes with a Shimano 21speed drive train.