Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) - Sub $1000 USA made bike for a Clyde?
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04-01-12, 06:04 PM
Does anyone know of a bicycle made in the USA that would be a good first bike for a Clyde but cost less than $1000.00. Hopefully, much less that $1000.00.
I had someone ask me this question today and I couldn't think of a single bike to fit the bill. I am hoping that someone here has already encountered this question and found a suitable answer.
04-01-12, 06:16 PM
You didn't specify the type of riding, but Worksman Cycles are heavy duty, made in USA, and much less than $1000.
04-01-12, 06:48 PM
A used Trek or Cannondale, back from when they were made in the US.
04-01-12, 07:00 PM
Oh yeah, riding on asphalt mainly.
The Worksman Cycles are pretty interesting although the price does start low but as soon as you put in a 7-spd it doubles. However, my friend who is looking for a bike might be near 400lbs so the Worksman would be a good lifetime bike.
Trek Fx 7.3 - around $600 and strong!
04-01-12, 07:26 PM
Trek no longer makes many bikes in Wisconsin; just a few high end ones (if that anymore).
You need to hit the used market. You can pick up a Waterford for sub 1000 with some searching. Or an old Trek or crackandfail. Even better to start hunting for used bikes from small custom builders.
How "Made in the USA" do they want?
Really, the best you can hope for is a frame and maybe a component or two. Most of the stuff bolted to the frame (the stuff that takes real manufacturing ability) is never made in the usa. The best you can hope for is maybe a first world country.
04-02-12, 01:38 PM
I think "Assembled in the USA" would be close enough. We are certainly part of a world economy these days and I admit to taking full advantage of the cost savings. I do take a great deal of pride when I can find competitively price made in the USA products though (Falconi Jersey's from Love2Pedal for example).
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