I have bought various relatives bikes, a couple of Craigslist bargains and one folding bike. I am looking for a hybrid type bike for a sister and have been stalking Craigslist in areas we have been traveling through. No luck. I really would prefer to spend no more than $400 as if I get her a bike I think that I will need to spend an equivalent amount of money on my brother. I would prefer a LBS and am checking them out tomorrow as I finally am in a town with more than one bike shop. If I don't have luck there I am considering Bike's Direct. So, with this long lead up, my question is how much do you have to do to get a BD bike ready to ride? Is that something an amateur with minimal tools can handle?
I was thinking of this bike: http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...affic_2_xi.htm
Or this, if I am feeling the money pinch: