I posted something similar on a different sub-forum here but might as well add to it.
Hello from Toronto. The weather's starting to get better, the birds are chirping, and it's time that I finally stopped using my car as often as I do, especially for short distances. I'm a male and in my early 30s, fit, and looking to buy a bike that I'll mainly use for short distances (5km or less). I live in the city but outside of downtown, so it's possible that on some occasions I'll want to ride my bike to downtown Toronto (around 10km).
The problem is that I'm completely clueless when it comes to bikes. All I know is that I should either buy a hybrid or a road bike (not sure which one), and that I don't want to pay too much for a bike (at least not until I realize I want to become more serious about biking). I also know that at 5ft7, I should buy a bike that's around 21" in frame.
I've been looking on craigslist for bikes under $200. Of course, I don't know which one's selling for a fair price and which ones I should ignore.
Anyways, I'll appreciate any help I can get from this community. Thank you all.