Hi Everyone, been lurking for a month and finally got around to posting.
I had not been on a bike since a bad wreck in high school, but this summer on vacation I rented a bike and remembered quickly how much I love to ride. Now I am in the market for a bike and have visited a couple of LBS to try to determine what I want. I am celebrating a 100 pound loss and think that buying a bike will help keep me motivated and active for the last 60 lbs I have left.
I have been interested in the Trek, Specialized and Giant hybrids and have not seen a clear advantage of one over the other. I have not ridden a Giant yet but have read reviews on this and other forums.
I have found a used FX 7.3 on Craigslist for $350 and I am seriously considering it. The only problem is it is a 22.5 frame. I am 6'5 and think I need the 25' frame. I have been riding 15-20 miles a week on a borrowed bike that is too small and don't want to be cheap and hurt myself if I need to go bigger and spend the extra $200 for a new one in my size. Does anyone have any words of wisdom of whether I should even go see the 22.5 or should I not be a cheapo and make sure of the fit?
If I go new bike, I'm probably a month away from purchasing so I have time to go ride a Giant and make my final decision.