Old 02-28-17, 11:39 PM
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Consider every Craigslist bike as needing a tuneup, and perhaps even repairs. Although there are a few sellers (bike flippers) that buy cheap, and refurbish the bikes before selling them. But these are few and far between.

There are also a few bike shops that refurbish bikes and STAND BEHIND THEIR WORK.

Your target riding of a few miles is the type of riders that the Department Stores market to.

Keep in mind that there are many different riders.
  • Those that commute by bike < 1 mile. Short pleasure rides.
  • 10+ Mile Commuters
  • Paved bike path riders.
  • Gravel road and roads less travelled riders.
  • Offroad MTB riders.
  • Those riding 50 - 100 miles a day. Or MORE? "Century" rides.
  • RACERS (MTB, Cross, Road, Criterium, etc).
  • Those with a "nice" bike hanging in the garage.
It is hard for a newbie to know exactly where you will land. The Dept Store bikes fill a niche for those that do short rides, path rides, etc. Perhaps you'll change your goals as you get more experience on the road.

Are your planned rides hilly, or generally flat? Single Speed bikes are often cheapest, but not the thing for hills.
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