I know I'm looking at a 13 year old, $75 bike on CL so I'm under no delusions that this thing will last me for decades and satisfy my every need on the trails. I'm just trying to pick up a beginner, get-me-by MTB to hit some easy (mostly hardpack) trails on so that I'm not using my commuter for off-roading. I'm gonna save up over the winter for a new (or newer) hardtail 29er for next year.
My questions to y'all are the following. This is my first time buying a used bike, so what things should I look over before I hand over the $$? Just based on appearances, might this be a decent bike for the price? I was drawn to the fact that it's got trigger shift. I can't stand grip shifters.
The bike in question is here:
And here's the CL ad:
Mountain bike, 28in, men's, Giant Boulder - $75