Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Everett, WA
Bikes: 1995 Giant Innova, 2012 Surly Pacer
I think the bike would be very competent for what you need. It seems that a lot of people on this forum start on a hybrid and work their way into more specific cycling. At $115, you really can't go wrong.
Here are some of my thoughts on the specific bike:
- No matter what age it is, it is leaps and bounds better than any department store bike that would go for more $$$.
- The fact that it has trigger shifters is a good thing. My '95 Giant came with grip shifters and the trigger shifters are a great improvement.
- 21 speeds will give you a wide range of gearing. It's most likely mountain bike gearing but it will be good for general riding.
- It's dirt cheap. If you buy it for $115, put $100 of accessories on it, and put $100 in tune up/work into it; the bike is still about $135 less than a new baseline model.
- It's hard to know what shape its in exactly. It may need to be tuned, adjusted, cables, replaces, etc. However, at the low price, it's cheap tuition for learning to work on a bike. Between Sheldon Brown, Bikeforums.net, Park Tools, and Youtube, you can easily learn how to perform needed maintenance and adjustments on your own at no cost.
All in all, the bike would be a great way to get into cycling.