My daughter is outgrowing her youth bike and I was going to give her my urban/city bike (Marin Point Reyes) that I have been using the past couple of years to commute to work/recreation (i.e. That's my lame excuse for wanting to buy another bike. ).
Although I like my city bike, I now have the bug and want to upgrade. I bought the Marin on sale for $500 in 2009 and was looking to get something under $1500 firm (i.e. $1500 is plenty for my level of riding.).
a) Work Commute = 11 miles through suburbia of Metro Detroit... mainly older suburbs (Warren & Pontiac) with broken roads and sidewalks. Cracks, rutts, etc. abound with each route (about ~40% of the ride) and even the sidewalks are uneven, cracked (sometimes I take the sidewalks as the road might be worse).
b) Recreation = Paved or crush limestone trails/roads. No rougher than that.