How-to for purchasing new bike...
I don't know *anything* about what to look for when purchasing a bike, so I was wondering if someone could please help me. I don't know how to ride a bike, but I want to buy one so that I can learn. This seems to be a problem because I can't really test drive a bike. I can, however, sit on it and see if it feels comfortable or if my feet touch the ground.
I really just want something that I could ride around the campus/city. I'd like for it to not be very expensive, and I don't mind buying one that's second hand. I think 26" is the standard height, right?
Some people tell me that bikes from regular stores (like, Target, etc.) aren't very good. They have "normal" people bikes, instead of "biker" bikes. I'm not sure what that means. Or that they're not the same as the Schwinn bikes you'd find in a bike shop (even though they say Schwinn). Schwinn is really the only bike brand I know...
I found a bike on craigslist in my area that's a Schwinn. It's less than $200 (which is about how much I wanted to spend), and the lady said that everything is in great condition. It's 13 years old though--is it really bad to get a bike that old? I like it because it's retro looking, and it's a Schwinn, but I'm afraid I'm going to make a bad purchase, since I don't know very much about bikes. I wanted to buy second hand instead of from a bike store, because they seem much less expensive. Anyway, if anyone could please help with suggestions, I'd appreciate it!!!
*Note: I'm sorry if this is in the wrong forum, but I wasn't sure where to post it!!!