What bike should I buy?
Last year on a bike ride my hand-me-down Huffy with an after market modified extra long handle bar post, the handles bars sheared off, and somewhat unrelatedly the pedals broke off as well. I haven't had a bike since, but my brother went to price one as a gift and was told that because of my 6' 3" height and 300+ lbs weight, I would have to get a frame with a special steel alloy at a cost of $1200-$1500. I am a casual rider in that I bike mostly for transportation as I don't drive and that price range is unacceptable to me. I went into a bike shop today and the salesman told me that I didn't need the expensive alloy frame, and was shocked to learn that they still make them. However he had difficulty fitting me on a bike as I apparently have stubby legs with a mere 32" inseam, and gangly arms with a 41" reach, further complicating matters is that I prefer to ride in a tall or upright position. Eventually they had to bring out their mechanic who nearly had a heart attack when I started pedaling with my heels, which is a must since I am an amputee, and he began to discuss doing a custom design to account for all of my peculiarities. This is all more than I want to deal with I've been biking since I was a kid and it is my primary form of transportation, I never had these kind of problems with my old Schwinn Blue, before it was stolen, and I am on a budget of only a few hundred dollars. Do I really need a special alloy frame for my weight? Do I really have to go custom? Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks.