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    Bikeless and Big

    I want to get into some biking, for exercise and enjoying it with the family. I am 285 , could be 250. I am looking to getting something inexpensive maybe from craigslist. What would you recommed for a mountain bike that is under 400? I am going to take time and look. We are on a budget and a new bike is n ot on the list. I know serious rider plop down well over a grand but that is not me. I just need something to tool around in.

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    When I started riding, I was at 278 and on a low budget as well. Fortunatly for me, being an auto mechanic I'm able to do some bike repairs for myself so I picked up an old, but working, Moutain bike at one of many local garage sale and tuned it the best I could. Two years later it's now my wife bike. I think you can get a very decent bike under 100$ including the tune-up, for a starter it's the best. I started like that but now I'm at 215 and I have 3 different road bikes.
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    I see 10 to 20 year old hardtail mountain bikes; Trek 800/820, Specialized Hardrock, GT, Gary Fisher, etc...selling for between $60 and $200 locally on Craigslist. In good condition, something like this should be fine for "tooling around." Alternately, ask at LBS. Maybe they have a trade in that meets your needs.

    Condition is key, but even if you need to replace tires/tubes/brakes, you should be able to be up and running for $150 to $250 at the most.

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    If you haven't already, you might want to have a gander at the sheldon brown site. If it has to do with bikes, it's probably there - can probably get an idea of repairs you can do yourself. When looking for used bikes, do some research on what to look for.

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    Recumbent trike?

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    I picked up two MTBs in the last 6 months off Craigslist. A 1990 Bridgestone MB-6 for $100, and a 1994 Bridgestone MB-3 for $150. Both in decent mechanical shape. I overhauled the MB-6 completely and replaced some parts. It's riding really sweet. And the MB3 I just picked up a couple weeks ago. I haven't really done anything yet. But both are steel, both fit riders from 5'8" to 6'1", and both had little rust damage. I had to wait a few months and watch CL often and react quickly. But these are certainly better bikes than you could probably ever get from a department store and should hold up to a heavy rider fairly well for casual rides or even some off road.
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    Size

    Thanks,are those sizing charts for bikes generally accurate? I will need to be more educated when I make a move. Didn't even know Bridgestone made bikes. Are mongooses still good? I think they sell them at big box stores so I wonder. Do not want to get a NEXT.

    Quote Originally Posted by gyozadude View Post
    I picked up two MTBs in the last 6 months off Craigslist. A 1990 Bridgestone MB-6 for $100, and a 1994 Bridgestone MB-3 for $150. Both in decent mechanical shape. I overhauled the MB-6 completely and replaced somet parts. It's riding really sweet. And the MB3 I just picked up a couple weeks ago. I haven't really done anything yet. But both are steel, both fit riders from 5'8" to 6'1", and both had little rust damage. I had to wait a few months and watch CL often and react quickly. But these are certainly better bikes than you could probably ever get from a department store and should hold up to a heavy rider fairly well for casual rides or even some off road.

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