I wanted to purchase a road bike for short commutes and possibly start cycling as a hobby. I'm a student, so Id like to save as much as possible. I started browsing craigslist. I'm around 5'9 to 5'10 and through some searching I found two road bikes that I have some interest in. Now, I was wondering whether or not I should go with an older bike or one that is well maintained with a higher price tag? These are the two bikes I am interested in:
An old peugeot road bike requires new cables (I have no idea how to do/maintain a bike yet) - seller is asking for $100:
and a Kuwahara titan well kept, great condition, rides smoothly - seller is asking for $240
Now, as a noobie, I like the look of the Kuwahara titan a lot better and I really don't know what else to look at/consider besides that. Would you more experienced riders recommend to buy an older bike that may not be in a rideable condition (old peugeot) at the moment or would you rather recommend something that is well maintained (kuwahara)? Would I be saving much on tuneups, maintenance, etc if I go with the second option? Lastly, do you guys think these are fair prices for these bikes or are they overpriced?