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    Bike recomendation?

    Hello there guys and gals,
    I was wondering if you could assist me with a bike selection.

    I am looking for either a cross-trainer or hybrid bike, one that will primarily be used on pavement (roads, park trails etc) but can also be acceptable to use on light roads such as gravel, dirt etc (not really a "forest" or "mountain" but if there is a dirt trail to be able to with stand it.

    I am 70 inches tall, (5'11) and weigh about 300 pounds.

    My recruiter (USCG) told me to get into biking to help me out, but I do not know if there are specifically any bikes i should look at.

    Any recommendations?
    -Awahso

    Edit: Price Range is about $800 max
    Last edited by Awahso; 11-13-11 at 09:26 PM. Reason: Adding Budget

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    Hi there Awahso!



    You're most to Bike Forums!

    We'd really like to assist you in this matter. However, we would like to know the upper limit of your budget before proceeding.

    Thank you!

    - Slim

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    At 300# you also need to look at Cruisers with the Worksman Crusier as the bike that will do all you ask with little danger of breaking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlimRider View Post
    Hi there Awahso!



    You're most to Bike Forums!

    We'd really like to assist you in this matter. However, we would like to know the upper limit of your budget before proceeding.

    Thank you!

    - Slim
    Haha thank you, and my price range is about $800 at most.

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    specialized hardrocks are in your price range and have been used by many bigger riders or clydesdales as we're called. they have hybrids too but im going mountain as theyre tougher(i think)plus you can adjust the seat to give more of a hybrid riding position and with road tires will be just fine for pavement. 690 or less for the specialized hardrock sport disc 29 comes with decent components and 36 spoke rims. worksman bikes are strong though.

    edit: trek marlin and giant talon 2 are all good bikes i think friendlier to the bigger people. oh should have asked but are you wanting 26 or 29 inch wheels?

    edit 2: might wanna check out the clydesdale forum too.
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    Hi Awahso!

    I have several recommendations that I think would suit your needs. They are as follows:

    1) Jamis Coda Comp

    2) Cannondale Quick 3

    3) Kona Dr. Dew

    4) Schwinn Sporterra Comp

    - Slim

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    Hope this helps...

    Good Luck!
    Last edited by SlimRider; 11-11-11 at 02:30 PM.

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    Most new hybrids will fit the bill pretty well. Giant makes several but the Escape city should fit the bill with a few bucks left over. Jamis makes the Allegro X sport for $600.00 or so. Trek and Specialized can more than likely do the same. They are all faster than a cruiser and lighter so as you lose weight, and you will, you can ride farther and climb a bit if you want. There are a lot of mountain bikes that would fit the bill if you want to get street tires for them. The Stump jumper, Rock hopper and Yukon. If there is a Performance Bike close to you they offer a few road bikes in that price range as well. The Scattante R-330 comes to mind. They also have a boat load of Flat bar road bikes for $800.00 or less.
    If you were to ask me to pick one it would be the Jamis Allegro X sport. But because I have a MTB for and dirt or path work I would more than likely get the Scattante R-330 road bike from Performance.
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    oh check craigslist and ebay too no matter which bike you decide on. if youre a little lucky youll find the bike you decided on for a good/very good price.

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    I'd recommend going to a local Bike shop, and talking to them.

    No purpose is served by saying a Brand of bike that is not available where you live.

    and there are pretty parallel bike type/ and models by most main line bike brands.

    What brands are in the bike shops where you are now?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Awahso View Post
    Haha thank you, and my price range is about $800 at most.
    The good point about going to an LBS rather than Craigs list is getting a bike that fits. At least let them tell you what size you need. I have seen many great deals on craigs list only to discover they were too big for me, or too small. But once you know the size you can make a better decission even if you return to Craigs list.
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    Thank you everybody for your feedback!

    I have looked up and tried to find reviews on all the bikes posted.

    So far, it looks like I will be going with the Novara Divano Bike (2011 model)
    [http://www.rei.com/product/791142/no...ano-bike-2011]

    When I go in store to look at bikes, is there anything I should look for to see if it will truly hold my size comfortably?

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    id be a bit careful with a carbon fork on your road bike. of steel, alum, and carbon at our weight more likely to break a carbon easier than the others. the rest should be fine if it fits well. i dont know much about road rims but ill guess youll want a new seat pretty quickly. stock seats arent very good for us umm big boned guys

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    Quote Originally Posted by Awahso View Post
    Hello there guys and gals,
    I was wondering if you could assist me with a bike selection.

    ...
    I am 60 inches tall, (5'11) and weigh about 300 pounds.
    ...
    I'd double check your math there. There are 12 inches to the foot. So 60 inches is equal to five feet, zero inches. 5'11" would be 71 inches.

    With the first height/weight combo, I'd look at the Workman cycles already suggested. With the taller height/weight combination, I would look any of the major brand mountain bikes. Just make sure that your wheels have at least 36 spokes each, and are not entry level rims.
    Last edited by PomPilot; 11-13-11 at 01:05 PM.
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