I have never ridden a "proper" road bike before. Now I am looking on Craigslist and I am unable to identify which used bike to buy.
I also don't know if someone is selling a lemon or an actually good bike.
I am a student who just reached the United States (San Francisco Bay Area) from a third world country and my budget is fairly constrained - I am hoping to spend less than $400. I can consider stretching this budget if there is a good reason to.
How should I go about buying a bike? Should I go to the local bicycle store and look at their used bike selection? Is Craigslist a good bet?
My goal is to commute and perhaps go on longer rides on the weekends.
I would love to get an opinion.