Noob needs used bike buying suggestions
This is my first post. I'm looking for a used a bike to cruise around town on, hit some bike paths, and maybe drag down to the beach for an afternoon. I've gone to a four LBS in search of a new bike, but I never left with the impression that my best interests were at heart: "...and if you're willing to spend an additional $350 we can get you into this model, which is much better than the previous...but then an additional $250 on top of that would get you into..." I'm not looking for the "Ferrari" of bikes. I know my bike knowledge is seriously lacking, so I'm sure I look like an easy target. That said, I need some tips on what to look for in a used bike (e.g., significant points of wear and tear, cracks, whatever). I don't know anyone that bikes, so taking someone along is out of the question. I'm looking for something along the lines of a Trek 7.3FX /7.5FX or similar quality/feature bike. Sorry if this is the wrong forum for such a post. I just find that this forum discusses the kind of bikes I'm looking for.