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    Need newbie bike for newbie

    Been trying to lose weight for awhile now and I find jogging the most boring activity ever. I remember enjoying riding my hand-me-down mountain bike during my youth so I'd like to find out I still do. My friends advised me to avoid Walmart brand and get rigid ones since I'm quite heavy.

    I'm 5'7" tall, has ~30" inseam and 230 lbs heavy. Budget is $150-200.

    I'm eyeing the Trek 820 but I think it's kind of overpriced. Anyone can help me in choosing?

    http://sandiego.craigslist.org/searc...ke&subAreaID=4

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    gonna ride dirt only?

    Probably pay 60% of their asking price. the Spesh has newer drive train so that is bonus.
    http://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/bik/4332481081.html

    http://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/bik/4332791365.html

    if you can double your budget, one of these http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/gravity/g29ss.htm or used redline monocog will be a great first bike. Just change the gearing to match your local hills, maybe start 32x22 or 24t

    http://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/bik/4332897889.html

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    You can pretty much ride whatever you want at your weight, although boutique, low-spoke-count wheels should be avoided as a general rule.

    If you want a hybrid or mountain style bike just about any of them will hold you up nicely.

    Your budget is pretty low, so you'll have to be patient and watch for bargains.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsigone View Post
    gonna ride dirt only?

    Probably pay 60% of their asking price. the Spesh has newer drive train so that is bonus.
    http://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/bik/4332481081.html

    http://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/bik/4332791365.html

    if you can double your budget, one of these http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/gravity/g29ss.htm or used redline monocog will be a great first bike. Just change the gearing to match your local hills, maybe start 32x22 or 24t

    http://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/bik/4332897889.html
    Going to ride road mostly but might do dirt from time to time. The Cannondale and Redline looks good.

    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
    You can pretty much ride whatever you want at your weight, although boutique, low-spoke-count wheels should be avoided as a general rule.

    If you want a hybrid or mountain style bike just about any of them will hold you up nicely.

    Your budget is pretty low, so you'll have to be patient and watch for bargains.
    I thought I need more rigidity to haul my heavy butt. Might bump up the budget to $500. Any recommendations?

    Thanks for the replies.

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    Go to a good bike shop, there should be some nice bikes for $500. Not great, but nice enough. Especially one that sells Jamis or Fuji, both companies seem to give a bit more for the money than Trek or Specialized. But most brands have bikes around $500. AND if your lucky, maybe you can find a 2013 left over and save a chunk of change, as well!

    I'm 225lbs currently, was up to 235 last summer. You can ride anything you want, for the most part Just make sure the wheels are 32 spoke, 3x build. I have a mountain bike with a fork that is softer than it *should* be for my weight. It works just fine, though. I ride a road bike, no issues! Definitely get a quality bike. You will enjoy it more, and you will RIDE it more.

    Things I would look for:
    -Shimano Deore rear derailleur (mtb) or Sora rear derailleur (road bike/hybrid). Anything lower is usually of less quality. Cheap SRAM is just that, cheap. Their good stuff is fine, but I'll never own lower end SRAM.
    -Rim Brakes (keeps cost down, and allows other components to be of higher grade)
    -Proper size. I'm about the same size, and a 16-18" mtb frame is a good start, or a 52-54cm road bike. If your going off-road, the smaller frame size gives more...clearance
    -IF used, has it been taken care of? If the chain is rusty or the wheels don't spin smooth, instantly walk away. Even when I mountain biked a lot, my bike was kept clean, and lubed.
    -32 hole 3x rims! Most bikes around $500 have this, though!
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    Your a lightweight around here ..I started riding at around 450#. You can pretty much ride anything you like without much worry.
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    Nashbar / performance are unloading last year's 2013 model bikes right now and you can get some pretty good Fujis new for just over your price range.

    You should be able to find a decent selection of used bikes for $500.

    Heck, I'm 220 and I haven't worried about what I weigh (related to bike part selection) for a long time. I'm the poster child for "you can't outride a bad diet" LOL

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    Like others have said, at your weight you can ride whatever you want. Although I'm taller, I started riding weighing around 245 with a Trek FX 7.3. A bike I absolutely luv!! Now that you've upped your budget you should be able to find a very nice bike within that price range. I wholeheartedly agree with the advice that NYMTBER gave you...
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    +1 to all the above. You're not that heavy, and at your new price range you should be able to find something good on CL or Bikesdirect.

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    All good suggestions but just a note - since you are a newbie... really there is no such thing as a bike OK at both road and dirt unless by dirt you mean a well packed down fire road that is almost like paved road. Both types of bikes are very different and frankly if you plan to do road, at least to start, go with the road or hybrid bike - it will be lighter (not to mention tire width and types - no sense riding a bike with wide knobbys if you are on the road) and will narrow down your choices. If after you stay at riding and learn good handling skills, then consider buying a second bike, one made for trails... Really you need a bike for each different discipline - like the right tool for the task.

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    Whew! It's been a long week walking from shop to shop canvassing bikes. Thanks for all the replies, guys. You've been really really helpful.

    So far here are the road bikes I can outright pick up from stores near me:

    http://www.trekbicyclesuperstore.com...c-173357-1.htm (Thanks, jsigone!)

    http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...400784__400784

    There's like a close out sale for Fuji in performancebike.com. See if you can find better ones.

    http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...9011&metaData=

    Can stretch the budget up to $600. Might buy my first (again) bike this Thursday or Friday.
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