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    Wanting to purchase a bike

    Hello everyone I was wondering if anyone can help me with finding a bike for my weight, 360 pounds 6 feet tall. I attend a university in California, there are no hills, and the road is flat. Any suggestions? Looking to spend 200-350 This bike will just be for riding around campus and to and from my apartment, 2-4 miles a day. Thanks!

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    Go to www.bikesdirect.com and order the Dawes SST single speed track bike @ $250

    * Be prepared to invest in a better set of wheels sometime down the road, if your weight remains the same.

    Single speeds require less maintenance and they're less expensive too!

    Talk to their customer service dept., before ordering.

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    I would check for used mountain bikes on Craigslist. It would be a good idea to avoid one with suspension, because it only adds weight and isn't necessary for street riding. If you plan on riding pavement only, you could put road tires on it (instead of knobbies) and a mountain bike makes for a good, tough bike that can do what you need.

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    Rather than try to buy a used bike of questional condition that may require upgrades, buy a Jamis Coda Sport, they can be had new for 450.00, they have plenty of good components and are more than heavy duty enough for your weight. Experience talking here.

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    OK, where is this magic place in CA that has no hills? I can't leave my *** driveway without ** hills and *** *** ***.

    (ok, I added the * but I was thinking the cuss words)

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    Unfortunately, no bicycle company or distributor will be able to legally advise you to purchase and ride their bikes, primarily due to liability reasons regarding safety, relating to weight restrictions.

    While touring, utility, and extracycle type bicycles will have higher weight capacities than the standard single speed, most companies will still be reluctant to encourage the overloading of their bikes.

    I personally taxed a single speed's weight capacity (whatever it was) due to my past obesity problem. Of course, I've never weighed over 320 pounds
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wanting2bike View Post
    Hello everyone I was wondering if anyone can help me with finding a bike for my weight, 360 pounds 6 feet tall. I attend a university in California, there are no hills, and the road is flat. Any suggestions? Looking to spend 200-350 This bike will just be for riding around campus and to and from my apartment, 2-4 miles a day. Thanks!
    Which UC. That could help us give you some ideas in the used market.
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    UC Davis.

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    I'm a fan of the late 80's early 90's rigid mountain bikes. Put on some slick tires and enjoy the ride.
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    Thanks for all the responses, I was looking at this bike, affordable and near my area. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!
    http://sacramento.craigslist.org/bik/4235775934.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wanting2bike View Post
    Thanks for all the responses, I was looking at this bike, affordable and near my area. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!
    http://sacramento.craigslist.org/bik/4235775934.html
    Old used suspended forks can be quite expensive to replace, if damaged. First, check to see if the bike fits. Next, have the fork inspected by someone who is more bike savvy. Of course, if the bike really fits, then a rigid fork can replace that suspended fork at a more affordable price.

    * You might wanna take a look at the Fuji Nevada 2.1 V mtb, on the www.performancebike.com website.

    Us big guys usually feel better rolling on wider tires!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wanting2bike View Post
    Thanks for all the responses, I was looking at this bike, affordable and near my area. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!
    http://sacramento.craigslist.org/bik/4235775934.html
    That looks like a good bike, cosmetically, but the suspension fork is going to act like a wimpy pogo stick under you.

    If I were you, I would be looking for a rigid mountain bike with low miles.

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    I did a search on SearchTempest.com

    http://www.searchtempest.com/results...min&maxAsk=max

    Here's a GT. Has front suspension that isn't ideal, however, not the end of the world, either. Already has road-type tires.
    http://sacramento.craigslist.org/bik/4234081272.html

    I don't remember frame sizing in inches. Here's a 20". Thinking it's too small, but someone may chime in:

    http://sacramento.craigslist.org/bik/4230607908.html

    No idea of the size:
    http://stockton.craigslist.org/bik/4213023668.html

    Looks pretty nice. Seats can be found cheap (and groveland is a great little town!):
    http://goldcountry.craigslist.org/bik/4196010510.html

    Blurry pix:
    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/bik/4236695329.html

    Also, look for Trek FX bikes. They have a great reputation for Clydes.
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    How is this one? It was suggested earlier and decided not to follow through because customer support said it wouldn't work for you weight, any ideas?

    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...eetfighter.htm

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    How does this one look for me, it's $150-200, any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wanting2bike View Post
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    How does this one look for me, it's $150-200, any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!
    This Trek just might work, if it fits!

    * Be prepared to pay for overhaul costs to bring it up to speed...

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    I contacted the seller, he wants 300 at least but I brought him down to 250 with a kryptonite lock. It's a Trek 660 1995, he thinks. Is this a good investment? I was thinking it might be a dump in the event something breaks and I have to spend a lot of money fixing it. Please chime in!

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    What size is the frame. Others may chime in, but at 6', I'm guessing you want about a 58cm.

    A bike that doesn't fit is ALWAYS a bad idea, no matter how cheap!
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    bah he said it's 56 cm :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wanting2bike View Post
    I contacted the seller, he wants 300 at least but I brought him down to 250 with a kryptonite lock. It's a Trek 660 1995, he thinks. Is this a good investment? I was thinking it might be a dump in the event something breaks and I have to spend a lot of money fixing it. Please chime in!
    You're absolutely right about possible repair costs! Also, a size 56cm might not fit as well as a 58c. However, that's impossible to confirm with a personal test ride.

    You really do need an expert adviser to accompany you whenever buying used...

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    I wouldn't mind buying a bike from bikesdirect.com, any one have some suggestions specifically taking into account my weight? I'm willing to spend up to $250, you would be greatly appreciated if you can help me. Currently I'm in my week of final exams so anyone who has a little free time that can help I would have sincere gratitude!

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    I can't speak to the weight requirements, but here are a few 58cm bikes that may be worth checking out.
    http://sacramento.craigslist.org/bik/4237112207.html
    http://sacramento.craigslist.org/bik/4236803459.html
    http://sacramento.craigslist.org/bik/4184755213.html
    http://sacramento.craigslist.org/bik/4199764975.html

    I regularly browse craigslist for bikes, just because I like to keep an eye out for a great deal and a "new" used bike. I usually enter the search term "54" to find 54cm bikes, "52" for 52cm, etc. Helps narrow down the choices.

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    I vote for this one:


    http://sacramento.craigslist.org/bik/4236803459.html

    It looks to be in very good shape and it's going to be more sturdy than the others listed. Add road tires and ride it!

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    When I weighed 320 pounds in college, if I had seen the Mongoose Beast on my shoe string budget, I would have jumped on it ASAP!

    The properly inflated fat tires will serve as a cushion between any overweight cyclist and the road. One just has to avoid uneven surfaces as much as possible. I'd would also have a bike shop professionally assemble my bike. Of course, if I lived in a city like Sacramento, I'd assemble the bike myself at the Bike Kitchen, a bicycle co-op.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2 wheeler View Post
    I vote for this one:

    http://sacramento.craigslist.org/bik/4236803459.html

    It looks to be in very good shape and it's going to be more sturdy than the others listed. Add road tires and ride it!
    +1

    Yep, this looks pretty good, alright!

    * It still needs to get checked out though...

    If it fits, it's bound to be a better deal than the Beast!
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