A buddy of mine has been expressing interest in buying a bike for the past several years. At the time that he started looking, I worked at a bike shop and we exhausted several resources looking for something in his size and more importantly price range. We could not provide anything that I deemed suitable for him.
This fellow is 6'8". He weighs in at 350 on the light side and tends to swing near 4. He is working with a starting budget of around $400 all told, and there is the issue. Obviously a BBS bike isn't going to suit him on size alone, not to mention quality. I had considered an Expedition or one of the MTB to use. There is a size issue with those frames in various ways. WE found some road bikes and one hybrid that would fit but the immediate question was whether or not the wheels would hold up long enough. Our thoughts were no, custom (I should say "built") wheels, and once again well beyond price limit.
So, new bike is out. Taller riders will well know the pitfalls and shortcomings of searching on the used market.
The guy is not so "style" oriented as he just wants something he can try out. He does well enough that I could see him ordering a custom built bike if he rides this one, assuming we can find something that won't fold up first ride.
Can you suggest to me a very large sized diamond frame bike with wheels strong enough to hold, well under $400?