I am not very experienced with biking but I am looking at a few used bikes to do some mountain biking and riding around on the streets. I have narrowed it down to two bikes a Cannondale which seems to be better but is missing a few parts and I am unsure how to replace them and how much it would cost. I am also looking at a specialized that seems to be in good shape. I am wondering what you think of the two bikes and how much it would cost to fix the Cannondale because I do not want to spend more than $200.
Trek 1000, two mtbs and working on a fixie for commuting.
The C'dale has a chain on the bike, but according to him there is no chain, crankset or shifter cables and I'd assume no housing. I would assume the bb is square so you'd need a square tapered crank. Will cost <$100 for sure. However, square taper cranks are somewhat out of style so it might be harder to find. Haven't looked for one in a while, but I used to see them online in a few place for around $50 for decent one.
'''96 Litespeed Catalyst, '05 Litespeed Firenze, '06 Litespeed Tuscany, '12 Surly Pacer, All are 3x8,9 or 10. It is hilly around here!
The Cannondale is definitely a "fixer upper". Along with a crank, chain and cables, it will probably need a new cassette to function properly with a new chain. If you have little bike mechanical experience, I'd pass. However, the real deal-breaker is the 15" frame is WAAAAY too small for you. My 5'1" daughter rides a 15" frame.
The Specialized is in far more ridable condition from the start but an 18" frame is still quite a bit too small for someone your height. I'm 5'9" and ride an 18" MTB frame and it's marginal for me.