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    help! bike for 350lb man on a budget

    I'd really appreciate any help. I don't know much about bikes at all, but my dad would like a bike for Christmas & I don't know exactly what I should be looking for. He weighs probably 350lbs, and he says he's interested in a mountain bike, though I don't think he'd be unhappy to get a comfort bike. He works a ton & is willing to spend up to $300 because he only has time to ride the bike on the weekends, maybe around the neighborhood or on a trail, and he doesn't live around hills. I've read a lot of advice online given to people asking a similar questions, but I'd really appreciate your help. I've basically been looking at craigslist & websites like Walmart, Target, Amazon, Overstock, and Dick's Sporting Goods.
    I'm no expert here, so excuse me if I'm using words incorrectly. Should he get an aluminum or steel frame? 36 spoke wheels? 26 inch wheels? I don't understand the front suspension rigid fork thing, but what should I know about that? Anything else?

    I'd really hate for him to be excited to get this bike & it end up breaking under his weight after one ride. Thanks!

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    Where does he live, city and state?
    How tall is he?

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    The best advice is to go to a good bicycle shop and take advantage of their expertise. I started on a Trek 820 and it was a great bike, and still is since my college son uses it for commuting. List price is $329.99 and probably could be had for less right now. They're solid bikes so weight won't be an issue. Most of the good bike lines have similarly priced bikes.

    I can't say it enough, go to a good bike shop and use them to make the best deal.

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    With a $300 budget, Craig List or thrift shops would be the way to go.
    Many people want to ride, buy new then quit after 200 miles when there butt hurts.
    My son-in law spent $1500 and quit after 500 miles.

    One needs to do some riding to discover what is is all about.
    Once a rider gets in some kind of shape then they are ready for a new bike.
    36 spoke wheels would be best.

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    You can get some down right steals on craigslist.

    I have nailed 4 bikes in the last 3 months that were immaculate and almost unridden, that had an original cost over $600 for $50 each.

    Just stay away from any brands carried in Wally World, K-Mart, or Target. Look for Trek, Specialized, Cannondale, Fuji, Bianchi, etc.
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    Hey guys. I'm new to the forum. I too, am a Clydesdale, 29 years old, 6'1", around 350 lbs. I'd really like to start bicycling to lose some weight, and as a mode of transportation. What this means is that I'll be on the street a lot, not on trails or mountains or anything like that.

    But, I'm looking for a bike that will hold my weight. I'm new to this, so I need names, models, specifics please.

    I tried to create a new thread and I guess due to the forum outage, I wasn't able to But, I'm excited to have found this forum and this sub forum as well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MnemonicSyntax View Post
    Hey guys. I'm new to the forum. I too, am a Clydesdale, 29 years old, 6'1", around 350 lbs. I'd really like to start bicycling to lose some weight, and as a mode of transportation. What this means is that I'll be on the street a lot, not on trails or mountains or anything like that.

    But, I'm looking for a bike that will hold my weight. I'm new to this, so I need names, models, specifics please.

    I tried to create a new thread and I guess due to the forum outage, I wasn't able to But, I'm excited to have found this forum and this sub forum as well!
    What's your budget and what do you prefer - road type bikes (more aggressive riding position, very responsive) or something with a more upright riding position (more forgiving, handles better at low speeds)? Do you want a single speed or something with gears? All-weather commuter, or fair-weather only?
    Gettin' my Fred on.

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    My budget is as a low as possible, but not an issue. 300 dollars is kinda tops, but, negotiable. I'm not looking for anything hardcore, just something that will support my weight and get me from point A to point B and maybe C. Something with multiple speeds, all-weather, and more importantly will hold my weight.

    Sorry I'm being vague here. I haven't ridden a bicycle in years. It's not something I'm going to give up on, because I *have* to have this for a mode of transportation really.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MnemonicSyntax View Post
    My budget is as a low as possible, but not an issue. 300 dollars is kinda tops, but, negotiable. I'm not looking for anything hardcore, just something that will support my weight and get me from point A to point B and maybe C. Something with multiple speeds, all-weather, and more importantly will hold my weight.

    Sorry I'm being vague here. I haven't ridden a bicycle in years. It's not something I'm going to give up on, because I *have* to have this for a mode of transportation really.

    Thanks in advance.
    Concentrate on a NON Suspension Mountain Bike. I recommend STEEL but actually any MB W/O susp. of any kind is fine; any material, any year. For $40 to $140 is the range and see hundreds in that range on a monly basis. Craigs List, depending on your region. e-bay, anywhere on the planet these are to be had. e-bay for instance; the FRT.'s the killer @ 50 to $100 but worth it in some cases.
    As far as new ? I won't even go there with you as your target price is W A Y to low. New bikes..??..
    Keep it simple, buy a MB. It makes the most sense at your weight. Do you weigh more than four ???
    Didn't think so, so don't worry about, I didn't @ close to that WT. Old School Mountain Bikes are COOL.

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    I'm sorry, what's FRT? Do you have a specific brand you'd recommend I'd search for? I've seen different spoke counts (?) too for Clydes, and particular tires I should look at?

    Thanks again, so much. The more info I have, the better!

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    Go to your local Craig's List and search for bikes under max of $100 or $200. Look for Trek, Specialized,
    Gary Fischer, Giant, Canondale, Fuji, etc. Better built bikes. Look for bikes without suspension, they are
    a little older but are out of vogue and you can get a much better, solid bike for fewer dollars.
    You can generally get one with better components and quality if it is older and unsuspended.

    Once you get one that fits, and is is pretty good mechanical shape, take it to your local bike shop and
    have them tune it up for you. It will cost you a few more dollars but they will safety check it for you
    and get it rolling again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by old and new View Post
    ... Craigs List, depending on your region. e-bay, anywhere on the planet these are to be had. e-bay for instance; the FRT.'s the killer ...
    Quote Originally Posted by MnemonicSyntax
    I'm sorry, what's FRT?...
    As in: "I had nine-bean-chili for lunch and my FRT.'s are killers."

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    Okay guys, I found this one here:

    http://oklahomacity.craigslist.org/bik/1491163704.html

    I don't know if it has a "suspension" or not. I'm sorry for the all the questions. I looked at a few reviews and no mention was made of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MnemonicSyntax View Post
    Okay guys, I found this one here:

    http://oklahomacity.craigslist.org/bik/1491163704.html

    I don't know if it has a "suspension" or not. I'm sorry for the all the questions. I looked at a few reviews and no mention was made of it.
    Go get it. That is what you need to start riding....
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    Quote Originally Posted by MnemonicSyntax View Post
    Okay guys, I found this one here:

    http://oklahomacity.craigslist.org/bik/1491163704.html

    I don't know if it has a "suspension" or not. I'm sorry for the all the questions. I looked at a few reviews and no mention was made of it.
    The 930 was an awesome bike. Looks like a 1996 or 97....somewhere in there. I'd try for $100, but wouldn't put up too much of a fight at $150.

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    Nope, no suspension. A mid 90's Trek. I have two of them and they are solid as rocks. I love them
    both. Should make a good, dependable starter bike.

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    +10 That Trek 930 is a good one. I would look for a good brand, rigid frame mountain bike (no suspension, bike suspensions are made for 150 pound riders). I have a Trek 950 myself in my stable of bikes.

    +1 Craigs List is a great place to look. If you are really thrifty, garage sales and thrift shops are even cheaper yet. I routinely find good rigid frame mountain bikes for less than $50 that way, but expect to do some basic rehab on a garage sale or thrift store bike.

    Here's my 1992 Trek 950, in "Urban Assault" mode (slick road tires).



    And here it is in towpath/trail mode (much wider Kenda Kross tires):


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    http://tulsa.craigslist.org/bik/1488721715.html

    I am in OKC and will drive you to get a bike if you need that help. Look at this RH in Tulsa, I will take you up there but you pay gas, LOL.

    This is a steal on a much newer bike
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    TON of great posts to this thread.... caring people.. that is great to see.

    I hope you check back.. one suggestion: MAIN thing with your dad is getting him to loose some weight. IF biking right off is the answer.... I am suggesting getting him into walking.. lower exercise levels BEFORE he does much biking. DON'T let him get too sore.. too discouraged.... EASE him into the riding... a delicate balance to be sure.

    Main things... from my limited knowledge.. is seat comfort.. making sure his legs are properly extending riding so the knees etc don't get injured/sore.. and getting a bike that doesn't break. Take your time finding this bike... find someone very knowledgeable.. a bike mechanic... someone that really cares.

    GOOD pair of well fitting walking shoes for X-Mass might be the first step. Then the bike.... ease him in.

    BEST OF LUCK....

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