Hi everyone! I'm a student living in St. Louis city and I want to buy a bike for commuting to school (less than 2 miles from where I live). My preferred budget is $200, but I can spend up to $300 if absolutely necessary.
I've been looking on Craigslist, but I can't really tell if a bike is worth the asking price. Are there any resources for that I can use to determine if a bike is worth it? Also, I'm 5'3, so a lot of the bikes being sold on Craigslist are too big. Does anyone have advice on how I can more effectively search for a suitable bike on Craigslist? (Brands or search terms to use, etc.)
Alternatively, I can also buy a bike from Costco. The last time I was there, they were selling some bikes for $200 (I think it was a Diamondback Vital 2). Would it be a good idea to buy one?