long time looker at this wonderful site. Looking for some advice and tips. Not sure if this is the right place or not. Sorry in advance as I know these threads are probably posted all the time. I'm new to biking. I have a $200 - $250 dollar budget. At first It will be used for longer rides (22 miles at first then up) recreational use only not for transportation (work use) Though I might eventually.
I live in Vancouver BC so i'd like the bike to be geared no single or fixie. Willing and able to do mechanical work and have tools and some knowledge. Not sure if I will like biking which is the reason for a lower budget. Obviously the budget means used only.
The market for buying such bikes in Vancouver is craigslist. If anyone know's a better place please recommend it to me. Unfortunately this is Where Supercycles and Free Spirits tend to sell for 150 plus. I have to make do with what's given to me. Other info that might be useful. I weight 200 Ibs and i'm 5'9. my pant leg or inseam is 30 inch If there's any info I've missed out please ask and of course Any advice is much appreciated.
Willing to buy a Mountain bike or hybrid or build one if need be as long as it will suit my budget and purposes more appropreitly.
As well it's Hard to say as all bicycle makes fit differently but I think it's safe to say no smaller then 52cm and no bigger then 56 cm would be my sizing.
As quality seems to vary so much even within brands I feel a little lost to say the least. Is there a used quality bike that fits within my budget that I should only consider and forget the rest. I have patience and don't need the bike tomorrow so to speak.
Just a few bikes i've been considering.