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Old 08-27-07, 11:44 AM   #1
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New bike help

Ok everyone newbie here. I had gastric bypass on July 10,2007. I started pre op at 459 lbs. and between my pre op diet and surgery have lost 92 lbs. to my current weight of 367 lbs.. I've got an older Trek 820 that I'm going to take to the shop and see if they can get it rideable again (my son was brutal to this bike). Even if they can I'm still looking to get a new bike also. That way my son can ride the 820 while I get the new ride. I'd like some opinions from you guy's so here's what I'm looking at so far : It's an '08 and I can get it for $400 I like the looks of the sedona dx alot. The other is Also an '08 and I can get it fo $440 This dealer I have bought several bikes from he is a Trek and Specialized dealer. I have asked about the Hard Rock Sport but he is against it for me. He says I would be better on a more upright style of bike. BTW I'm about 6'2 also. Thanks for any help anyone can provide.
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Old 08-27-07, 12:38 PM   #2
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I say ride them. I tend to disagree on the Hardrock, but that's subjective. Try all of them and try to do it more than a spin around the parking lot is the best advice I can give you.
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Old 08-27-07, 04:08 PM   #3
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I also think you are going to have to ride them if you have not already. A good store will let you ride them a ways. Mine just fitted the bike to me and let me go with no expectation on when I would be back. I even got lost on my ride for a bit. lol

All you posted are good bikes but you need to figure out if you want that more upright riding style or not and testing them is the only way. I would compare those 2 to something like the Hardrock and see which is more to your liking. The Hardrock is not super aggressive but it is not as upright as the other 2 comfort style bikes. Whether that is a good thing for you or not, only you can tell. I'd try a Rincon while you are there too.
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Old 08-27-07, 04:11 PM   #4
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The second choice you listed is an 8 speed and is a Free Hub vs A Free Wheel.
FH is more desirable because of the way the bearings are located. This is especially important for "heavy" riders. See-
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