Hi everyone! I've been going through all the threads here, and I must say, this is a great community that's been built.
I am in the process of getting a bike for the spring, and I think I've decided on getting a Trek Navigator 50 (2005) currently sold used for $175 w/o tax. I haven't ridden a bike since I was 10. I'd love to get off campus and explore, start a new hobby, and am anxious to do something I can fall in love with. I'm basically bored. I'd love to lose some weight. I don't really see myself going on any trails in the beginning, but am not too adverse to the idea. Hoping to do up to 20 mi rides couple times a week once I get back into shape.
At first, I was hoping to get any dinky bike for under $100, but I like the Trek Navigator 50 now. Its relatvely cheap when compared to good bikes right? But I didn't realize it wasn't a hybrid, which was what I was looking for. I rode one of the Trek FX series and liked it, but felt as if it were stiffer than the Navigator.
Now the dilemma: my school offers free bicycles for those who are willing to fix up these bicycles left for dead by their owners. They have bikes with quality names: Treks, Raleighs, Bianchis but because I don't have any bike maintenance experience, I have no idea how much work/time/ money I have to spend into the bike I choose. Some are rusted, some don't have working brakes or no working shifting gear cables (whatever you call those) I mean, should I just get the Trek Navigator? Once fixed up, would old the Treks/ Raleighs ride like new?
Any other recommendations for a cash-strapped college student who will not be taking this bike home, but keeping it on campus for another 3 yrs?
Thanks in advance for any advice!