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.


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