Buying advice request
Congrats on a great forum and for being welcoming and supportive community you all are. I'm looking at curbing an internet gaming addiction and getting myself more active would love to lose weight but will also be looking to ride with the better half for quality time together, I'm 5'11" and 320 lbs. I've read a couple of the post and know it's all about getting out there with the right equipment. Stopped by two shops today to try some bikes recommended by them and coming to you all looking for more advice.
1st bike at a shop that sells Trek and Raleigh, this is the only bike he recommended
These next two were at a Cannondale and Jamis dealer
Jamis Coda Sport (can't get the link to work)
The Cannondale was recommended and they offered to put a more road friendly tire on it.
What do you guys think and is there any other manufactures I should check out. Thank you in advance for any help.
The Raleigh has 36 spokes on the rear wheel and that's a good thing for heavier riders. However it has a suspension seatpost and I've seen them fail. A buddy of mine is about 300 lbs and his Fuji's suspension seatpost flatted.
The CDale has a solid seatpost, but only has 32 spokes on the wheels. The disc brakes could be a plus especially if you may be riding in wet weather.
The one thing I really like about the Jamis Coda Sport is that it doesn't have any suspension at all! Unless you are thinking about riding on rutted trails or rough roads paved with bricks, you really don't need suspension. On the downside it's only 32 spokes and 7-speed vs the 8-speed of the other two choices.
Once you've chosen the type of bike (hybrid, road, MTB) the most important consideration is how well the bike fits you. Next is how well you like the bike shop. If the shop does a good job of getting you the correct bike and setting it up properly for you, those two considerations go hand-in-hand.
The difference between 32- and 36-spokes isn't all that great if the wheels are properly built.
If it were me, I'd go with the Jamis first, CDale next, and the Raleigh a very close third. All three could meet your needs very well.
Fuji would be another brand to check out. Aside from the suspension seatpost, my buddy's bike has been very good to him.
I think we may need a bit more detail here.
Originally Posted by jljjr
1. What type of riding are you looking to do?
- Road / Paved Trails
- Gravel / Dirt prepared surfaces
2. How much riding are you looking to do?
3. What is your approximate budget?
4. What is the terrain like where you plan to ride? Hilly? Flat?
The good news is that there are many options out there for you. I, among others here, weigh more than you do, and I've had bikes survive my abuse just fine. This is a great forum, and you will find a lot of knowledgable advice here.
Unless you do a lot of off road, I would go with the Jamis, but if I were you, I would upgrade to the Coda Comp. 9 speed, better components, and steel frame.
Thanks for the responses to answer Matt's questions:
1. Paved roads
2. Trying to become more active so hopefully everyday (a little better each go) in the Northeast so weather will be bad soon.
3. Budget trying not to go above $750 (the better half needs a bike too)
4. There are a lot of hills around my house
Love my raleigh and you can switch out the seat post for $20.
Might I suggest the detour 4.5?
Cannondale dealer may have a Bad Boy 9 - http://www.cannondale.com/catalog/pr.../category/935/ or Bad Boy Commuter - http://www.cannondale.com/catalog/pr.../category/935/ - which seems would fit your riding better. 9 would come in under budget and with year end clearance pricing, the Commuter should too. Commuter is basically the 9 with pre-installed fenders
I'm a big supporter of my local bike shops but have to say Nashbar has some killer deals on bikes right now. I got my daughter a GT hybrid bike last month for a ridiculous price. Bike shops are probably willing to bargain a little this time of year as well. Just saying Nashbar might be worth a look. Good luck!
first... as a big guy who has been a long time MTBer (but not really into it any more)... that suspension fork on the c-dale is crap... under about $1000 MTBs i'd take a rigid fork over the suspension any day...
the same thing can be said of suspension seatposts... they are trash and not worth even looking at for riders of our weight
moving on past the cheap crappy suspension...
if you don't plan on doing trail riding there is no reason to buy a MTB...
if you plan to get more serious into weight loss and riding then i'd forgo the comfort bike of the raleigh.
that leaves the jamis you posted... but honestly at your budget there are a number of other options... most of the companies call them either urban or fitness bikes
you could move up to the jamis coda comp, in raleigh the alysa-i8 looks promising... I love a geared hub :)... the C dale badboy looks like it might be just at the top of your budget...
whatever you do make sure to test ride a few bikes... don't just spin around a parking lot... run it down the street a bit, shift the gears, try to get a real feel for the bike, one bike might speak to you while the others just tell you no...