Please advise me on a potential bikes direct purchase
Let me begin by telling of my first BD purchase. Many moons ago I purchased a cyclocross bike from them, I assembled. Right off the bat I ordered too large of a frame. Also, it was easy to see that both wheels were far from true. It shifted and braked fine. Returning for a refund was no problem.
I have an old lotus excelle. This bike was gifted to me in good but aged condition. I cleaned it up put some new parts on it but it's not my style. I intend to make a gift of it to a family member who I believe it will be a great fit.
So now I am looking for a new bike. I believe one of these on BD will be a good choice for me. That said, I don't know much about specs. Maybe you cab advise me in making a good choice. I am a beginner so reliability is worth far more than performance to me. Also I'd like to minimize costs, for example I don't want to have to upgrade more than pedals out of the box, maybe a saddle. Some of these bikes have double walled wheels listed. Do you know are the particular ones used of good quality? Also, difference in the number of rings on q cassette coincide with a different type of chain right? If so, is one chain more reliable? As far as ordering the right size, I intend to devote a fair bit of research to that. But, if you ride something similar to these bikes and are near my size ( 6 foot 3 inch with 34? Inseam) please chime in on your fit!
Also I am heavy at 310 pounds. I have been pedaling a lugged steel framed road bike and it did alrigt under me. I don't mind a little harsher ride that might be expected from AL frame. Do you think my weight would be an issue with any of these bikes?
As a final note I ride for recreation only, I stick to asphalt about 80% of the time. I'd ride more off road if I had a bike that could do it. My old ride couldn't take off road tires.
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I would skip the second because the description does not indicate that the suspension fork has a lock out. You want to be able to lock out the fork in good riding conditions. Otherwise, you are losing energy.
I probably would skip the ones with the suspension seat post.
Any of the frames should stand up to your weight. The question is wheels. Most of these bikes have 700c wheels with 32 spokes, probably the bare minimum that you should have. You might have some issues keeping these wheels true. Others can speak to that issue in more detail. More spokes = stronger. Thirty six would be better.