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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 02-05-14, 11:24 PM   #1
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What kind of Bike to get?

HI all I am getting back in to riding my bike just for the fun of it and to get back in shape. I am trying to figure out what kind to get on a small budget( son in College, H.S. and 8th Grade). I have about $250 tops to spend right now. I have seen bike from Magna, and Schwinn(sp). I am about 5'6 and 320 lbs. Any suggestions? I will be riding it just about everyday when the weather breaks, and I live about 2 miles from my job.

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Old 02-05-14, 11:29 PM   #2
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Thanks All!!!! I am going to look at them now!!!
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Ignore the Magna bikes...that's Walmart trash.
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That Trek is a pretty good deal if it fits (and someone turns the fork around)
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Magna, Next and should be avoided. Huffy and Schwinn can be just as bad at the low end. I second craigslist. On CL, many of those can be talked down on price. Single speed bikes are OK if it is flat where you plan to ride. At your size, even if it is just a little hilly, gears are recommended.
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If you have a bike co-op (volunteer community bike workshop) in the area, they are a great resource for getting good used bikes at a reasonable price or possibly in exchange for volunteer labor.

Many local bike shops take trade-ins that they resell at a decent price. This is a good way to go if you don't have much experience as they can help you pick the right style and size of bike for what you want to do. LBS used bikes are usually lubed, adjusted and checked for safety before they are sold, something that can't be said for Craigs List, pawn shop, or yard sale bikes. $200 or less will get you a good used bike from an LBS with enough left over in your budget for a helmet.

Craigs List is a crap shoot, but you can find some good deals. If you don't have much bike experience, see if you can find a friend who does to go with you.

I agree that staying away from department store bikes is good advice. I currently own a few used brand name bikes and have owned others in the past including old Treks, Specialized, Schwinn, Giant etc. I'd ride any of them before any bike from WallyWorld or other big box store.

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Ok I spoke with the bike guru at work and will post more. Going to do some more work looking, and get some pics for you all to look at and for her to look at at work. Thanks again everyone!!!!


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