I've been wanting to get into cycling for awhile now, though keep in mind the last bike I owned was some 150 dollar mountain bike from Target. Now that I'm settled in and going to school, I'm looking to buy a bike..
So I began the whole research process and tried to understand what was right for me, and I'm curious as to what you think about my situation, given that I'm a newbie to the whole thing.
Needs: Light commuting to subway station, occasionally ride hills in San Francisco, then road biking on the weekends. I just want to get fit, so races and whatnot aren't in my interest level at the moment.
I rode a few bikes at LBS this past week, and found the Tricross Sport fit me pretty well in terms of comfort and has touring options that I like (space for rack, etc.) for my commute.
So: I've found a '09 Tricross Sport that seems to be relatively well maintained (the owner works at a bike shop, but needs cash) that I can get for $950.00. I haven't seen it yet, so I'm going to go tomorrow and check it out, but I'm curious as to what you all think regarding this, and whether the bike is a good value, and appropriate for me.
Obviously, I'm missing out on the professional fit and the 1-5 year maintenance warranties that all the LBS around here are missing, but I'm trying to figure out if having those things are worth the ~$1400 for buying it new.
Appreciate any thoughts you might have.