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Old 01-09-05, 07:07 PM   #1
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Sorry! He is 297 LBS. What is the right bike for 6'3 297lbs?

I know I originally said he is 197LBS. That was a typo. Actually, I'm lookin at a Kona Smoke Brand because I've learned alot since I started asking questions of you all a week ago. I also learned that I should lean toward 32 spokes at least.

I'm also considering the Raleigh SC40.

My budget is below 400.00.

Is there any more advice?

I was thinking...maybe I should go to Ebay. I just want to get him something sturdy, I want he to say whooooo! when he looks at it and I want him to be motivated to use it.

I really appreciate the help. I need to get the bike for 1/21 -hubby's birthday.
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Picking a good bike shop is more important than the brand of the bike. A good bike shop gets the bike set up right before your husbands first ride, and then makes the adjustments necessary to keep the bike in good and safe riding condition.

A $400 price range mountain bike will have sturdy wheels and beefy tires - essential for a 300 pound rider. And, a good shop carries a range of sizes, so you can get precisely the correct size for your husband. Many good stores sell their "entry" level model for as low as $199. Some of the parts are not as strong as on a $400 model, but if you are on a budget, you could get an entry level model, and then upgrade parts as needed in the future.

The Kona's I have seen have been good bikes in their price ranges. But, the right shop is more important than the decal on the frame - buy where you will get good customer service after the sale.

After he begins riding, the shop can evaluate his exact needs. The shop might decide to replace the aluminum handle bars with a steel handlebar, or to replace a single-bolt seat post with a dual-bolt seatpost - a good shop will "fine tune" the bike to meet your husband's needs.

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Old 01-10-05, 08:36 AM   #3
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Yep, stay away from road bikes. Your weight could be challenging to the skinny tires.
A mountain bike (with 26" wheels) will be better able to handle the stress. A mountain bike also has (1) more useful gearing that will help your legs get into cycling easier (2) probably more comfortable riding position (3) let you ride just about anywhere, not just on paved roads. During normal (smooth surface) riding, any bike/tire will work just fine. It's those bumpy roads, curbs & potholes etc, that makes a 26" wheel a better choice.
Absolutely go for it, cycling is an excellent choice AND it's low impact. You can do this.
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I'm over 400 and love my Kona Hoss. The Specialized Hardrock might be a good option for under 400 bucks though...the low end Kona Hoss is 800
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Its most important that after a few days riding that it should go back to the shop to have the spokes brought back to the correct tension, as the spokes bed in. If bike will only be used on roads or packed dirt trails, you should swap out the nobby tires for smooth ones as they roll a lot easier.
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And unless he wants to ride in the forest, I would suggest you stay away from suspensions (both full suspension and front-only). Not only the suspension adds weight and more maintenance issues, but I doubt there is on the market a suspension tailored for a 300-lb person.
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Old 01-10-05, 03:05 PM   #7
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I purchased my Cannondale from a prodominately Trek Store. The main reason I purchased it there was because I found the customer service to be impeccable. My Cannondale is still very new with less that 50 Miles on it.

Alanbikehouston, I need to ask these things because hubby is not shopping with me...I'm going to surprise him. If things work out well, he and I can go biking on his birthday! He will be soooo thrilled. Ever since I brought my Cannondale home, he has been dying to ride it. I will not let him because -he is heavy. I'm afraid he might break it. Call me selfish if you wanna but I spent a whopping 500.00 on that bike. For me, that is an expensive toy.

I have heard about those Konas too. The Kona Smoke is 300.00. Does anyone have one of those?

No suspension? Hummm, who'd have thought that no suspension is better?

Keep it coming, I'm learning alot.

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Okay, I'm looking at a Trek 3500. I went there at Alan's advice. The guy who sold me the Cannondale says that it will probably make a good bike for him. I hope soo....erk!

I told him I would call tommorrow 1/11/05 to let him know if I want it. I'm so nervous! ...I want everything to be perfect for my husband...


It is a hardtail...so it does not have the suspension. The seller says that at hubby's wieght, the suspension would comprise of just a spring coil and would be more maintenance than it is worth.

Talk to you guys on Wednesday.
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I think it would be better to surprise your husband with a trip to the bike shop to try out the bike and be properly fitted.

I think he'd get a bigger thrill out of it if he got to pick the size he wanted, and maybe select some options for himself.

If you pick one out and present it to him, and it isn't quite the right size, it may take a few rides to figure that out, and then the shop may not be willing to swap it for the right size.

The 3500 has a steel fork and no suspension at all, so it might be a good setup for a big rider.
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Be sure to let the store know your husband's leg length. At 6'3" tall, he probably has slack's inseam of at least 34 inches, and a leg length of 36 inches. That puts him the range of the largest size of the Trek model you are looking at. Verify that the store will let you exchange the bike if it is not a good fit. There are some models that have an "XXL" size.
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Just thought I would mention that I decided against the Kona because I didn't want rusting issues and Aluminum is lighter and more desireable. I get the feeling that someone will say, "But, it's stainless steel! Haven't ruled Kona out -maybe I will see the Trek3500 over the weekend and be compelled to give the Kona Smoke a shot. But Alan had a good point about customer service. The guys who I spoke to about the Kona steered me toward 175.00 worth of wheel upgrades to accommodate the weight. I don't really have that money...unless I really need it. And at 200.00 the Trek is 100.00 cheaper than the Kona! I know, cheaper is not always best...eeeerk!

Alan, certainly I did let them know that hubby is 6'3.

Brad, I know that the bike store will exchange the bike, but it is not a bad idea to bring it up. The owner is even willing to let me use the 20.00 Xmas coupon! Also, he is putting a new bike together instead of selling me the floor model.

Let me tell you the truth. If I took my husband shopping for a bike with me, he would not go, for one. And second, he is so stingy, he would not let me spend that kind of money on him. Honestly! I gotta be slick about this and surprise him or else he'd be trying to mount my cannondale again...can't have that!
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