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    help with bike purchase

    i posted this in the mountian bike forum but it was suggested i post here also.

    hi all, new guy hear.

    i have recently started looking for a new bike for myself. (under $500)

    i am 6'2" #230 i plan on using my bike for just biking around, no drops or jumps etc. i do plan on using it for camping so it will be me plus a backpack/gear.

    i found a 2006 trek 6500 for 499.00 i think that is a decent deal but being a bigger guy i don't want to destroy it in the first year.

    hear is a link to the bike,

    http://www2.trekbikes.com/bikes/arch...bikeid=1037600

    i am not very knowledgeable about components and tech stuff so i was wondering if i could get your thoughts. i know the 07' 6500 changed front forks from 80mm to 100mm, is that going to be very noticable to a guy like myself?.

    thanks for any help - big

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    That's a pretty good mid line bike, actually. Go for it!
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    I was going to pick up a '06 6500, but ended up with a flat-bar road bike (read: hybrid) instead. The '06 had a really sweet price point for the components, and rode very very nicely.

    I think you'd be quite pleased with it. Ride a couple others, but for the price.. it's a good one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigshooter
    i posted this in the mountian bike forum but it was suggested i post here also.

    hi all, new guy hear.

    i have recently started looking for a new bike for myself. (under $500)

    i am 6'2" #230 i plan on using my bike for just biking around, no drops or jumps etc. i do plan on using it for camping so it will be me plus a backpack/gear.

    i found a 2006 trek 6500 for 499.00 i think that is a decent deal but being a bigger guy i don't want to destroy it in the first year.

    hear is a link to the bike,

    http://www2.trekbikes.com/bikes/arch...bikeid=1037600

    i am not very knowledgeable about components and tech stuff so i was wondering if i could get your thoughts. i know the 07' 6500 changed front forks from 80mm to 100mm, is that going to be very noticable to a guy like myself?.

    thanks for any help - big
    If your planning on bike camping, there is an issue, disc brakes, the genius who designed the disc brake system for bicycles, didn't take into account that riders might want to use racks and fenders, and mounted the brake cylinder so that standard racks (and fenders) can not be attached. There are some disc specific ones, but they are going to be much more expensive. Using a back pack is not something I would recommend, because the pack is going to be above the centre of gravity, and make it harder to prevent an unplanned dismount. A rear rack with panniers, will actually do two things, it lowers the centre of gravity, and can help settle the rear end down. A common problem with hard tails is that they like to bounce the rear end around, and 40lbs of camping gear over the rear wheels, but mounted low down, could help there.

    Wheels on a typical MTB are smaller and they also seem to have pretty much standardized on 36 spoke wheels, this means that wheels are less of an issue then with the skinny low spoke count road wheels. If most of your riding is going to be on single track, with lots of dirt and mud, then the standard tires are gong to be fine, however if most of your riding is on roads and streets, those big, knobby, low pressure tires absorb a lot of energy, energy that could otherwise be used for moving you along. For road riding, 10 miles on MTB tires can leave you just as worn out, as 20 miles on road tires.

    For the suspension, again for single track and technical trails it can help, but you probably will not notice a huge difference between 80mm and 100mm of travel. Hard tails are designed for typically tame stuff anyway, the real nasty stuff needs a bike more like a Fuel EX (full suspension, air ride).

    If your riding is going to be on trails, it's a nice bike for that, if your going to be doing more road riding, then there are better options.

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    Oldman mountain has racks that work with disc brakes and they are sturdy racks.. You pay a little extra but they are worth the cash..

    http://www.oldmanmountain.com/products.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by socalrider
    Oldman mountain has racks that work with disc brakes and they are sturdy racks.. You pay a little extra but they are worth the cash..

    http://www.oldmanmountain.com/products.htm
    I was thinking of OMM when I said there were disc specific ones, considering I can pick up a basic rack for about $20, and the disc specific ones run $80 or more, I would call that much more expensive.

    The genius who designed disc brakes for bicycles, put the front one on the back of the fork, a really bad idea, because it tries to push the front wheel out of the dropouts, unless the QR is really tight. The front of the fork, would have pushed on the side of the dropout, which is much safer. As for the rear, well, the top of the chain stay would have been a better position for essentially the same reason. I think they adopted it from motorcycles, but motorcycles use a different method of attaching the wheels.

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    thanks everyone!

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