Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Central Coast, CA
Bikes: Surly LHT, Specialized Rockhopper, Nashbar Touring (old), Specialized Stumpjumper (older), Nishiki Tourer (model unknown)
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I think the bike you linked to looks good. I'd caution a newbie from buying on Ebay. If you're patient and you know what you want, you can get a great deal, but there are always plenty of others out there who are also patient and knowledgable. You sometimes have to be patient, knowledgable, and lucky.
I'd suggest finding a good local bike shop and buying from them. If you live in a market with more than one, go shopping in all of them. Consider buying from the place with the best vibe, friendliest, most helpful staff, who seem like they're interested in meeting your needs, not just selling you something. A good shop will support what they sell by doing an after-break-in tuneup, examining any possible malfunctions for free, even doing minor adjustments for free. I like to patronize them so they'll stay in business. A shop in my little town closed its doors and it was a hardship on me (I had to drive much further to get to a shop, which I didn't like as much.)