Be VERY careful getting a bike off Craigslist, especially if you have no idea what you're getting into.
You need to know your size, for starters. I know that bike that you linked to is far too small for me. Why? Because I know what size bike I fit. Do you? That's where a trip to the LBS would come in handy. It would also be an education in what to expect from a bike in terms of handling and components so that you could make an educated decision on a 2nd hand bike. Personally, I'd NEVER get my first bike second hand.
I also wouldn't pay $500 for that C'dale. 2 previous owners - don't know the history. Bike looks like it's about 10-15 years old - downtube shifters are long gone these days. Wouldn't trust the Headshock headset either especially if it's that old and not been looked at properly. "Maintenance for 09" could mean anything - a simple tune-up at an LBS isn't going to address any of the problems that I can think of off the top of my head.
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