the last time I road a bike was in middle school. and Now i'm in my fourth year in college and I find I need to lose a little weight. check that, a lot of weight. I'm about 6' 350lb and am looking for a bike to ride to school and work an maybe other places around town. I live in indianapolis close to my school and work.
so my questions are these,
can I buy just an ol bike on craigslist for super cheap and ride it safely?
or would I have to shell out a couple of hundred on something I may not stick with?
and would any ol road bike hold my fat ass?
if a mountain bike is better to hold me, would it be better to get tires for the road? (I heard they make them but I could be wrong)
these are what I mean when I say super cheap. $45 and $50. this may be fine for "normal" people but Ihave a fear of just crushing a bike while riding down the road. that would suck and be abit embarassing
...and am looking for a bike to ride to school and work...any help is apreciated.
If you're looking for cheap, do the following:
1. Watch the school bulletin boards at end of semester - lots of students sell bikes cheaply.
2. Go to garage sales - folks sell bikes that have been hanging around their garages for $5-10.
3. Go to Police auctions - abandoned bikes go for under $50.
AVOID Craigslist and e-Bay. The competition for bikes there makes it unlikely that you'll find a bargain.
Stuff to watch for when buying used bike is:
1. Does it fit? If you can't stand over the top tube without bashing yourself, the bike's too big.
2. Is it serviceable? If all the parts are rusty, look elsewhere. If the rubber parts are rotted, look elsewhere.
3. Will it hold you? At your size, a mountain bike is more likely to be suitable than a road bike. A coaster-brake, one-speed cruiser may be best of all. If you have doubts, ask the owner.
4. Will it cost more to fix than to buy? Figure about $50-70 for a FULL "tune up" at the local bike shop. You may not need the whole tune up if the bike seems to work fine. With increasing complexity, though, (such as derailleurs, hand-brakes, etc.) comes increasing cost and maintenance.
Happy hunting and I predict that once you get a bike, you'll like it so much you'll "get the fever" like the rest of us.
I found a Trek Multitrack Sport 700 I looked it up and it seems to be a hybrid I found it on CL for $50. I know some of you said Craigslist is bad because competition but honestly not very many people in indianapolis use CL.
what do you guys think is it a good bike for an overweight man?