Hello everyone! Brand new to the site and cycling. I am looking to pick up a used bike from Craigslist to make sure this something I enjoy and want to keep up with before dropping all the money on a good bike. I am interested in road cycling and touring mainly, but I'll take things one step at a time. Here's the bikes I am looking at, and I'd love your experienced input on how these bikes look, as well as their quality of components (because I sure don't have a clue!).
The first bike is a Trek 1400 Aluminum Frame Bike. Here is a link to the info about the bike.
The current issue is it doesn't shift. The shifting cables were very loose when I went to look at it, and both myself and the current owner suspect that is why, but neither of us know for sure. It is otherwise in good condition, fits me splendidly, and rides very well (besides the shifting). The rear brake could probably use a tune-up or something. It brakes, just not as responsively as the front. It is listed for $200. Do you think this is a decent buy? I know the adjustment/repairs for the shifting issues will cost something, just not sure what.
The other bike I am looking at is a Vintage Peugeot 12 Speed Racing Bike circa 1986. It is a PH 10 LE bike, and here is a little info snippit. http://mysite.verizon.net/vzerndgo/s...tropeugeot.jpg
In the post, it says, "HLE Tubing, Forged Dropouts, Nervar Crank, Maillard Helico Matic quick release hubs, etc.." in regards to the components. I haven't seen it in person yet, so no more information to report there. It is listed for $99.
What are your thoughts and recommendations? Anything to help a newbie would be greatly appreciated!