New Biker- Unrealistic Budget?
I'm new to bikes, and I'm looking for a good quality hybrid to ride to work (roads, 6mi commute), and maybe some trails on the weekends. I am 5'1 F so I think I will need a 14-15 size frame, and I also want a pannier rack and mudguards. When I have gone to a few cycle stores to ask for opinions, I have essentially been laughed out of the store because of my budget. I am willing to spend more if its really necessary, but I find it hard to believe that I can't get a quality bike for 300p that can meet my needs. Am I being unrealistic?