Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Iowa City, IA
Bikes: 2008 Surly LHT, 2008 Trek 7.2fx
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What is your price range? The guys in here can find you a great bike at virtually any price. A few months ago, the "house special" for us bigger guys was the Specialized Hardrock, which can be had for around $400 or so. It seems the new popular bike is the Surly Long Haul Trucker. In full disclosure, I own one of these! This is a steel touring bike, with beefy 36 spoke wheels. I paid 1000 dollars for mine a few weeks ago, which is slightly above average I think, however Surly (and virtually all other manufacturers) will be instituting a price increase very shortly if it hasn't already gone into effect, so there is a good chance you may be paying significantly more. Additionally, the LHT does not come with pedals and the saddle is god awful and you want to replace it quickly (Brooks B17 is a very popular choice), so you will want to budget an additional $150 or so for those expenditures.
If these bikes do not interest you, then I'm sure you will find the guys in here very helpful in finding you the right bike. If you are on a seriously constricted budget, you will likely want to check your local craigslist to see what can be found.