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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 06-26-07, 01:30 PM   #1
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What do you think of this deal? (1.5 hours left in auction)

Based on the condition/components, what do you guys think of this deal. I would do local pickup, so you can ignore the shipping.

Also, would it be a good choice for me? (6'2'' 230)

Auction ends in 1.5 hours

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...ME:B:WNA:US:12
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Old 06-26-07, 01:35 PM   #2
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in addition, if you could point out the + and - so that I can learn from your reccos and not need to keep asking, that would be great.
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Old 06-26-07, 01:35 PM   #3
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I'd say its way too small for you...
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Seems a bit small for you at 6'2". Just my take. Price is OK, not great, but not a hosing either after you factor in the shipping. Hit some Bike Shops and get a better idea of your needed size, I suspect you will need a L frame.

EDIT: If you buy too small a bike, you're going to hurt and wind up hating riding, thus never riding your bike.
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are there different sizes of the hardrock? or is that type of bike just too small for me in general?

thanks guys!
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are there different sizes of the hardrock? or is that type of bike just too small for me in general?

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Different sizes, Bro! Different sizes!
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Definitely too small. I'm 6 2 with a 32in inseam and I ride a 19 (or "L"). It's "borderline", fits me great but if I do it over I'd go with a little bigger. The M would be just waaay too small.
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awesome, you guys probably saved me a BUNCH of heartache by pointing that out. So I probably want a 20" frame? Is there a quick way to tell the difference in the frames?
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To get a bargain shopping online -- for anything -- you need to know three things:

1. Specifically, exactly, what you want
2. What the going rate is
3. What it's worth to you.

Really, people shouldn't even be allowed to shop online unless they know all these things. Nothing is a bargain at any price if it's not what you want.
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Best thing to do is go to your LBS, try a bunch of 'em out, and get a sense of the size/geometry/features that you like.

Then start trolling eBay and craigslist and see what you can find. Soon, you'll suffer from BAS (Bicycle Acquisition Syndrome), have a room full of bikes and parts....
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awesome, you guys probably saved me a BUNCH of heartache by pointing that out. So I probably want a 20" frame? Is there a quick way to tell the difference in the frames?
20' or a bit larger.

As I've said, as well as others....

Go to your bike shop and ride a LOT of bikes to get a better feel for what you want. Understand your needs before you buy. You'll be far happier with your bike if you do!

Here's a roadie you might like, for example:
http://cgi.ebay.com/TREK-1400-23-lar...ayphotohosting
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Soon, you'll suffer from BAS (Bicycle Acquisition Syndrome), have a room full of bikes and parts....


We need a BAS Anon. forum. I'm willing to be a charter member...
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I will just echo what others have said. I am just over 6' and have a Large HardRock that is a very good fit. 2 inches taller and I think I would be trying to decide whether the large or x-large was the better fit. A Medium would have been a bad move.
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Best thing to do is go to your LBS, try a bunch of 'em out, and get a sense of the size/geometry/features that you like.

Then start trolling eBay and craigslist and see what you can find.
Or, buy from your LBS if you want your LBS to stay in business so that you can go there in the future. It ain't right to leech off their expertise and their willingness to let you try bikes out, and then not give them business.
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Or, buy from your LBS if you want your LBS to stay in business so that you can go there in the future. It ain't right to leech off their expertise and their willingness to let you try bikes out, and then not give them business.
Too true -- if you can afford a new bike, or if they have decent used ones. I just bought a used Surly Cross Check with some nice upgrades for considerably less than half what I would have paid for a new one with inferior components. I'll take it to the LBS for service, if I need to, which is where a lot of their money is made... markups on bikes aren't that massive, I imagine, but the upcharge on labor and parts is cash in the bank.
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Or, buy from your LBS if you want your LBS to stay in business so that you can go there in the future. It ain't right to leech off their expertise and their willingness to let you try bikes out, and then not give them business.
As long as I'm upfront about my intentions/goals I have no moral qualms with testing and buying elsewhere. I will tell the shop that I'll be using them for service and parts but that I'm going to buy a used bike and I'd like thier advice on what is best for my needs.
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