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    I am dating a 6'4" 230 lb man who is interested in getting into cycling. He does not want to spend thousands right off the bat.. Any suggestions?
    What frame size would that be also?????
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    Any of the major brands will have a reasonably priced hybrid which would probably work well for him; for example, Trek 7200 ($379), Giant Cypress ($349), Specialized Globe ($410), Fuji Crosstown ($349). Prices may very depending on you bike shop.

    As far as frame size, that is hard to predict knowing just his height, it depends on inseam, length of arms, etc. For example, I am 5'8" and my wife is 5'4", but we have the same inseam since her legs are longer in proportion to the rest of her body. Also, methods of measuring frame size vary between manufacturers. Your best bet is to take him to a local bike shop (LBS) and have him fitted to a bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodlark
    Any of the major brands will have a reasonably priced hybrid which would probably work well for him; for example, Trek 7200 ($379), Giant Cypress ($349), Specialized Globe ($410), Fuji Crosstown ($349). Prices may very depending on you bike shop.

    As far as frame size, that is hard to predict knowing just his height, it depends on inseam, length of arms, etc. For example, I am 5'8" and my wife is 5'4", but we have the same inseam since her legs are longer in proportion to the rest of her body. Also, methods of measuring frame size vary between manufacturers. Your best bet is to take him to a local bike shop (LBS) and have him fitted to a bike.
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    I'm in my rookie year, riding a Trek 7200. I weigh considerably more than your boyfriend and that bike has held up very well. I am pushing 3,500 miles so far since February.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adpikasey
    I am dating a 6'4" 230 lb man who is interested in getting into cycling. He does not want to spend thousands right off the bat.. Any suggestions?
    What frame size would that be also?????
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    The first question would be this, what sort of bike does he want? Or, put another way, what sort of riding does he want to be doing? Or, still another way, who is he going to be riding with mostly?

    The second question would be how much is he willing to spend?

    Third, what brands are available in your area?

    I'm almost the same size as your boyfriend so if you can be more specific, I'll be able to help.

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    If he is interested in a road bike there is an under $700 sticky in the road cycling section. A lot of good information. Study up and hit the local shops and see what fits.

    Good luck!

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    In my sig are a ton of links for types of bikes, cheap bikes, etc... Also the basics for a beginner Clyde biker Some may be lost due to a server crash last week - haven't gotten a chance to test all of them.

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    I'm the same size. When I started biking to work (80-100 miles a week) I lost some, but it's back now. It's muscle, though.

    It all depends on what he wants in terms of kind of riding / personality. Does he like going fast? is he more easy going? What kind of car does he drive (I believe there's a strong correlation in vehicle preferences...)

    FWIW, I ride a 58 frame, but it's a cross bike (Kona JTS) which I got for comfort and strength. It's also almost as quick as a good road bike. On a pure roady I'd likey be on a 60 or a 61.

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