HI guys just want some advice after reading the sticky at top and not quite finding what I wanted.
Im a 5'8" 210lb (need to lose some weight, up from 185 this time last year) rider looking for a folding bike to carry in my car and for easier storage around the house.
I want a full sized bike
I could spend around 1K on this but obviously less is better but I dont want junk either.
dont think I could go much higher than that.
A couple years ago I bought a hybrid bike pretty cheap $300-400 and I rode a lot and lost some weight. This year ive been just unhappy with that bike, I guess it was boring and I was super depressed and just didnt ride as much.
Im looking for a bike that will be a step up and more interesting and fun.
I mostly ride on paved trails but could ride on rodes in the future...and there is one trail here in StL that is gravel that I would like to ride in the future.
I dont think I will be doing any seriously mountain biking any time soon at my weight and I cannot commute to work due to my job.
I mostly bike for health, weight loss and fun.
ive been looking at Montague bikes online (there are none here to test)
and im wondering if I should go with a Paratrooper (or paratrooper pro), a Montague Fit or just get a cheap one and sell the components and build a bike around the frame.
The paratrooper is very interesting and a good price but I worry that its not the best suited for the kind of riding im looking at.
the fit looks very interesting but im afraid that it wont work well on the gravel nature trail
and building one would be fun, but im worried it would be more expensive in the long run and I dont have a whole lot of knowledge (though I could follow instruction)
any thoughts or suggestions?
edit: there isnt much on ebay or craigslist here
but these is a Schwinn Montague folding bike up there but I dont know anything about those. for 400
Im thinking of giving my gf my Voyager and having her ride with me sometimes for fun on the days we are both off.
She is about my height but her legs are much longer then mine.
Right now what I ride is Grants Trail (I think about 16 miles round trip) and Creve Coeur Lake trail is anyone is familiar with the area. No huge hills or anything off road, though I would like to do the Katy trail here which is kind of loose gravel.
Id be open to a non folding bike but it would be much easier to keep it stored at the house if its folded, there really isnt a lot of room.
But I do want a bike that I can grow with, last year I was out 3-4 times a week and id like to get back into that. I dont want to get a bike that in a year or two I wont care for either. I know my price range isnt that great but I dont think I can justify a 2K bike either with where im at.