My wife recently got a new gig and will have to head out to Lake Forest via Metra once a week. She needs a beater-ish bike that she won't sweat leaving locked up at a Metra station on those days (particularly if it is raining or snowing) and won't cry over (too much) if it disappears one day. It's not an option to ride from her destination Metra stop to her workplace.
As the kind folks at West Town Bikes and Smart Bike Parts can attest, we're pretty terrible with wrenches beyond the basics and thus would like to find something more or less ready to ride. Our budget for this doesn't go past $200 unless I become convinced we're chasing a Unicorn.
We're well aware of Working Bikes and Craigslist, but preference is to buy from someone on the Chainlink.
Thanks for reading and don't hesitate to email with any questions or post them here.
My Fiancee has an old schwinn cruiser with fenders we're looking to get rid of (we're moving to PA and it's going to be way too hilly). It's a 5 speed but its complete with fenders and brakes. It's a bit heavy and a bit of a wobble in the rear wheel (which I think can be easily fixed with some spoke adjustments). If you want more details I've sent you a friend request.
Thanks, I checked out your message---good looking bike! Unfortunately, it's not right for us---we're really set on a single speed. Whatever we end up with is going to be left exposed to the elements for hours on end and we're looking to minimize maintenance needs/keep repairs cheap.
Good luck with the move!
Messaged you, krems81.