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Old 07-11-12, 07:31 PM   #1
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Please recommend casual bike for 40yr old...(Bike noob for past 20 years)

Hi all,

Looking for recommendations on a casual bike to ride around town:

A little about me:

5'11" 240-250lbs.
-used to be a good athlete, played football, baseball and tennis growing up and among other things used to do a decent amount of mountain biking and had a $700 mountain bike (at the time) like 20 years ago. Haven't been on a bike since.
-Nowadays, I just throw the weights around and mostly sit at the computer...and yeah I've gotten kinda fat. Looking to lose a little weight and Casual biking with the woman is on the list.

What I'm looking for:

- Decent, very comfortable bike to ride around the streets where I live and maybe some mild off-roading. Mostly will be casually cruising but occasionally I can see my competitve spirit kicking in and want to turn it up a notch.
- Don't want to spend a lot of money...I do want quality but want bang for the buck...looking for something under $500.

Here is one I was considering:
http://www.amazon.com/Diamondback-Wi...N%3DB0041V2FHK

Suggestions??
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Thanks thats a start but I am looking for something under $500 and not used, I prefer something new either local or online.
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Howabout this one? $399:

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/windsor/dover3.htm

Sounds good. Can it support my weight?
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Look at Gary Fisher 29er, Full retail around $599, but most dealers can discount. I started with a GF bike years ago. I just sold it last week. Very strong, and serviceable.

Do you have a shop you trust? I highly recommend getting from a Local Shop you can trust. Make sure you get the right SIZE bike. Nothing worse than trying to make the wrong size bike fit you.

Good luck. I started doing 5 miles here and there in 2003. In 2007 I got a little more serious about riding the bike when I was told to quit running, and I would have to replace both knees.

Fast forward to now, same knees, and I biked 600 miles last month.
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Old 07-12-12, 04:38 PM   #6
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Look at Gary Fisher 29er, Full retail around $599, but most dealers can discount. I started with a GF bike years ago. I just sold it last week. Very strong, and serviceable.

Do you have a shop you trust? I highly recommend getting from a Local Shop you can trust. Make sure you get the right SIZE bike. Nothing worse than trying to make the wrong size bike fit you.

Good luck. I started doing 5 miles here and there in 2003. In 2007 I got a little more serious about riding the bike when I was told to quit running, and I would have to replace both knees.

Fast forward to now, same knees, and I biked 600 miles last month.
Thanks I'm on Long Island (Eastern) and have a local shop right down the road from me, but I just assumed the prices would be much higher then a place like bikesdirect which I've heard good and bad about. Before I saw your post and since no one was responding I already pulled the trigger on the motobecane Express cafe 8 which I heard was decent. Saw a complaint about cheap pedals, seat and seat post but it seems the frame, wheels and hub are pretty good and I figure I can change those other little parts if need be:

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...e_express8.htm

Hopefully I'll be happy with the bike. I decided I will take it to that local shop for final assembly and tune to make sure everything is kosher. As far as sizing, I got the 20" which they listed as being for guys 5'10" to 6ft and I am right in between that so hopefully I am good on sizing.

Thanks for your suggestion and congrats on all the miles you are doing. I know how it can go with the knees, my mom had to have both replaced when she was young. I used to run 5 miles a day and Luckily I've been ok. Anyhow, thanks for the suggestion, wish I saw it sooner though....I kinda made an impulse buy on the Motobecane to be honest.
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While I know all the gear heads here would have you on a racing bike for simple cruising around town nothing is better than a ol' fashioned Cruiser for comfort while you toodle around town.
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Diamondback-Mongoose-Schwinn are some of the brand-names, commodified
and put up for sale, they are not the same companies , now.


You want a 26" wheel like that in OP or 700c with a wider tire say 32-37mm?

what brands are in your LBS?

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Welcome To Bike Forums, KBreeze!

I'd like to recommend the following:

The Raleigh Detour 4.5 ~ $500
www.raleighusa.com/bikes/hybrid/detour_4_5_12/

The Schwinn Sporterra Sport ~ $495
www.schwinnbikes.com/bikes/hybrid/2012-sporterra-sport-mens-14586/

The Trek Atwood ~ $490
www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/town/recreation/atwood/atwood/
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Thanks guys, but please see my previous post. I decided on the Motobecane Express Cafe 8. Just got the shipping confirmation today too, so basically no turning back right now. Any opinions or thoughts on this bike, good or bad, PLEASE SHARE as I couldn't find much in the way of reviews online but to me it seemed like a really nice bike for the money.

With regards to my "LBS" this is it right here:

http://eastendbikes.com/

It's only 5 mins down the road from me and I plan on taking the Motobecane there for final assembly and tune. I just hope they are cool with me since I didn't buy a bike from them!
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Dont know anything about that model but I bought a Moto Mirage from them years ago and it was an OK bike. Not much to go wrong with model you bought. Just check for damage and scratches because thats the main complaint Ive heard from ordering a bike from them. Should be easy to set up yourself without going to LBS. Just put on front wheel , bolt on handlebars and put saddle on seatpost is main things you will have to do. Make sure all bolts are tight and everythings adjusted.
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Thanks guys, but please see my previous post. I decided on the Motobecane Express Cafe 8. Just got the shipping confirmation today too, so basically no turning back right now. Any opinions or thoughts on this bike, good or bad, PLEASE SHARE as I couldn't find much in the way of reviews online but to me it seemed like a really nice bike for the money.

With regards to my "LBS" this is it right here:

http://eastendbikes.com/

It's only 5 mins down the road from me and I plan on taking the Motobecane there for final assembly and tune. I just hope they are cool with me since I didn't buy a bike from them!
Very nice bike and good idea on having a proper assembly with the LBS. Don't be surprised if they charge you $70-100 bucks for a full tuneup! Get a helmet, bicycle gloves and a rear view mirror. Try to see if you can pick up the Art of Urban Cycling so you know what to expect while on the streets.
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It's only 5 mins down the road from me and I plan on taking the Motobecane there for final assembly and tune.
That's a good plan. When you shift gears, ease up your pedaling power momentarily. Expect some sore muscles in the seat area at first, they'll come around with time. If you ride on bike paths and multi-user paths, remember not to occupy the whole width of the trail, since overtaking riders will need passing space. And a bell is a useful accessory to alert pedestrians and other riders that you're overtaking them.
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I think you made a good choice! An 8 speed is perfect and it's IGH so less to go wrong. I think having the LBS assemble and check is a great idea. A helmet and bell are excellent accessories to have from day one. Bike gloves (some have padding) can help with sweat and comfort. Gloves are also for safety; if you tumble they protect your hands from road scrapes.

Let us know how your purchase experience goes and how you like the bike! Long Island is pretty flat and the 8 speeds should provide you with more than enough gears.
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Great Choice, KBreeze!

If I were you, I'd look for a local bicycle co-op nearby where I could complete the assembly of my bicycle.

Just watch the following video a whole bunch of times, before attempting to place the finishing touches upon the assembly:

www.bikesdirect.com/instructionhelp.htm

* Your bicycle will arrive 90% assembled already.

If you do most of the work, the LBS will charge you less...

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Bikesdirect is a great deal if you're a bicycle mechanic.

Good luck. I hope your wheels come true and the bike with all the parts.
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