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    Deciding between two bikes

    Hi all,

    Looking for a little advice.

    I'm deciding which of two bikes to keep as this would be my only bike at this time.

    Bike - 1: Fixer upper Nishiki Backroads (Not sure of the year)

    I picked this bike up last summer for $40. I find nothing overly wrong with the bike. The bike is a little tall for me.

    1.) The paint is rough and it has a few rust spots.
    2.) Needs with tubes. Everytime I go for a ride I have to pump up the tires.
    3.) Seat replacement. The seat isn't comfortable and is missing a chunk of foam.
    4.) Brake upgrade. The bike is 12 to 14 yeas old and the brakes look every bit of it.
    5.) I believe the drivetrain looks to be in decent shape.


    Bike - 2: New Bike Genesis 29er

    First off, I know...a department store bike (boo..hiss). The bike cost about 240 with tax. Plus, I'll need a adjustment and tuneup from a LBS about another 40. This bike is a better fit.

    1.) The bike shifts rough (I think it might clear up with adjustments.)
    2.) I'm over the max weight for the bike. I weigh 313 and max is 300. Girlfriend made comment the tires look flat when I ride.


    I believe bike 1 is/could be a better overall bike if the drivetrain is how I remember it but, delays me getting on a bike for a couple/few weeks and maybe beyond my skill level to complete.

    Bike 2 allows me to bike now and is a better fit but, I believe a lower quaility bike.

    Thank you,
    Scott

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    Personally I would go neither here is why I say that. First a bike that fits is a must. If you want to enjoy the ride pain free it is important that it fits. I would hate for you to start and then give up because it was uncomfortable or you developed some pain from the ill fit. I think for the same money you could find yourself a good quality bike with decent components that would last you a little longer between failures you might run into with bike 2. I would search Craigslist or Ebay, local paper, or you local bike shops, there is a good chance you could find a line on a pretty good bike for cheap. Hit your LBS and see if you can get an idea for the size you need and then begin your search. Good luck to you, hope it helps. Try not to be impulsive, your butt, knees, neck, shoulders, etc with thank you.

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    Tough one. You don't say cash is at a premium, but I suspect so.

    Fit is everything. Ride the bike that fits while you scour the eMarket for a good deal on a better bike that fits.
    Be patient. fit is everything. And remember, fit is everything. Oops, I think I repeated myself saying, Fit is everything.
    The one who has the most bikes wins.

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    I agree with neither. Patience and Craigslist.
    I do not claim to be a doctor, scientist, genie, bike magician, good looking, or qualified in any way. The contents of my post are opinions and should be taken as such.

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    I would avoid the deptartment store bike.
    Department store bikes are commonly not made to last through a season or two of regular use. Especially if you are a bigger person.
    It is a false economy.

    I think you should wait and find a decent rigid mountain bike on craigslist or the penny saver or wherever.

    How tall are you?

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    Sell number 1 for about what you paid for it and buy number three, the bike you haven't found yet. I agree with prior posters. A bike that cheap from a mass market retailer and you exceeding the weight guidelines seems like a recipe for disappointment.

    If you cant find anything used, you might also consider buying a Bike's Direct bike, but you may need help assembling it.

    Here is an interesting article on the experience a reviewer had buying from mass market retailers, FWIW:
    http://www.dirtragmag.com/printrag/deals-wheels-how-masses-do-it

    The article is more than 10 years old but I see no reason why it isn't pertinent today.

    Also, read the reviews on Walmart's site. The comments are telling. One five star review was by an assembler. He was defensive. He mentioned: A 15 year old bought one today, he will grow, but then my last buyer was 6Ft 6 and 250...the seat, and the feel of the bike must be adjusted for the individual." He is assuming one size fits all! Another person gave it 4 stars but said the front suspension was worthless and the seat post was too short. Another 5 star review was totally negative, he apparently didn't know that 5 stars is for a good review, not bad. Several reviewers that gave good reviews had to return a bike for another after experiencing problems. So, even though reviews averaged as positive I found many of the reviews actually negative.

    Take your time, shop around. I trust you can do better.

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    I will also go with a third bike option. $225 will buy you a very decent bike on Craigslist.
    "I had this baby hand made in Tuscany, from titanium blessed by the pope. It weighs less than a fart, and costs more than a divorce..."

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    So, I returned the Walmart bike. Still plan to donate the extra bike. Sometime this week or weekend, I plan to go to the LBS, get fitted and buy a new bike around 400.

    Thank you,
    Scott

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    Bravo.

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    Good choice!

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    Great! I would try as many bikes as you can so you can find what feels best for you.

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    Good job. I've read some pretty rotten reviews on the Genesis 29er.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RIvmage View Post
    2.) Needs with tubes. Everytime I go for a ride I have to pump up the tires.
    You should always check your tires before you go for a ride. At your weight it would be easy to get a pinch flat if the tires are not inflated to spec. The narrower the tire, the more important this is. My 28s on my cyclocross bike need to be inflated daily to keep at max pressure. The 2.5" on my gravel grinder don't loose pressure as fast and can go several days without topping them off. It takes less than a minute to check them if you have a good quality pump with a built in pressure gauge.

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    keep an eye out for a better built roadie in your area one size smaller then what you have now. Not sure what size u need but this is pretty good frame. I had a Z90 in 05' and road over 10k miles on it. before passing it on to a friend.

    http://denver.craigslist.org/bid/3694553473.html

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    Bravo on getting over to your LBS!

    And I second the air pressure, get a good pump. Lord knows I popped several tires for no reason than being lazy about stopping at a gas station. My old Conti road bike can lose pressure just dependent upon the temp outside and how long I am riding it. A good pump will run you $50 easily, I just picked up a new model Bontrager Turbo Charger at my LBS and already love it. Plus it saves me the hassle of stopping at a gas station and guessing what my tire pressure is at.
    Looking forward to my winter commuting adventure.....

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    So, after heading to the LBS and getting fitted for a bike. Ended up with a 2012 Nishiki Colorado Mountain Bike. Picked up it for 250 since it was last years model.
    http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/pr...uctId=12375058

    Scott

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    Hi,

    Quote Originally Posted by RIvmage View Post
    So, after heading to the LBS and getting fitted for a bike. Ended up with a 2012 Nishiki Colorado Mountain Bike. Picked up it for 250 since it was last years model.
    http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/pr...uctId=12375058
    If you aren't riding off road on dirt, you can gain a couple of mph by switching to higher pressure slicks (smooth tires).
    http://Charles.Plager.net
    http://RecumbentQuant.blogspot.com

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