Ok, I found a bike I like. I'm sticking with MTB's right now because they are sturdy and seem to hold up longer. I would like to know what to look for when buying a used bike off Craigslist. The bike I'm interested is local. I have no favorite LBS and somehow I have a slight uneasy relationship with many LBS's. I'd like to know can LBS's do the bike checkup to give me a run down say in 30 mins or less the condition of the bike to validate the sellers claims on the condition of the bike? I'd like to know ahead of time how much repair will be needed and I would thing a LBS would be best to give me that info but not sure if they do it for free and how long they take as the seller may not want to idle that long.
So what should I ask? What photos or areas should I be looking for damage? How would I know what's damaged and how to tell that is it damaged? I'm currently in the red so $60 CDN is taking a chunk out of my wallet.
What do they mean by retro-fit on a bike?
This is what I'm looking at. http://toronto.craigslist.org/bik/241570390.html I'm somewhat attached to Peugeot seeing as I own one already and like it. The price really makes me wonder if the bike has high milage, been crashed, or rusting out at critical points (which I don't know what's critical thus my asking the experts here).
I ride about ~30km a day (15km x 2) or the occasional 55km long range (20km/35km) so I would really like reliablity and not get stuck out in the middle of no where with issues. Is this bike a good choice given the price, parts, material build, etc? I know the image on the site is small but I've requested extra images. I know I'll have to drop extra cash for new brakes just so I know the brakes are new and one less worry.