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    $900 budget, now what

    I'd like to get that magic bike that I can ride about an hour a week and lose 5 pounds per week but since that's not likely let's figure out what might be the best second choice. Hopefully I'll include all important data for selecting.

    I am close enough to just go ahead and say I'm 56. I'm 5'9" and 235. I haven't ridden in close to 30 years. My hero is the tortoise not the hare. I will be riding mostly paved surfaces with maybe a little of crushed stone or similar. At this point I expect to mainly ride the neighborhood and around town with only a few to several miles per ride. Maybe some day I'll extend to the 25k/25mi segment of an organized ride. I can't see ever doing a century ride or similar.

    Bikes. I want something suited to the above mentioned goals. I want something comfortable with a fairly upright riding position. I'm not interested in riding the drops anymore. Along with the bike I'd like to have a simple computer that will track my mileage and time. I have a Garmin Oregon I could take along if I wanted GPS for some reason so just a simple speedometer/odometer type. I want fenders in case I go out on a day like today that's gray with a 20% forecast so very unlikely to rain but surprises me. I want a kickstand. I want a decent lock and a decent helmet. I figure maybe $35, $45, $25, $40 and $75 in order for those things which is $220 leaving $650-700 for the bike.

    So, am I on track with my estimates? What bike in the +/- $650 range gives the best quality for the money? Any I should be sure to avoid? Oh, and I'm figuring all that before sales tax. Oh, and I plan to buy from a LBS so no mail order only items. Thanks for any and all input.
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    Read this thread. He was looking for similar items with his bike. There were a few recommendations given that would fit the bill for you as well.

    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ons-on-options

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    Next: Go to bike shop test ride bikes.

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    First if you already have a Garmin Oregon I would save the $$ for some simple speedo. Buy a Ram mount and be done with it. Download the free trails map from GPS File Depot so you have all the maps, then you can upload the tracks to Garmin Connect or Base Camp. I have a 550T now and a 650T on order. I do tend to go overboard as I also use a Fenix on the wrist. Here's my dash setup.



    Next take a look at what Giant has to offer in the Escape line. Giant makes a great bike at a less than competitive price... since they make most of the other brands bikes in this price range anyway. The big thing going for the Trek for you is the LBS. But with others close by it may not be as big an issue. Be sure to test ride as many different makes/models as you can before shelling out your cash. As with a car purchase the chase is more fun the catch.

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    I actually looked at a Giant Escape City on the way home this afternoon. It is a nice looking bike and already has the fenders, kickstand and rack on it that I'd like to add. It's also priced competitively. I'm going to continue looking but right now that one is high on the suspect list.
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    spend 1/2 that on the bike cuz you're gonna spend the other 1/2 on accesories and cothes
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    at 235 lbs, I'd avoid bikes with overly skinny tires, and/or fewer than 32 spokes. 700x35 on 32 spoke wheels should be OK. I'd also avoid suspension forks, as they tend to be sprung for a 140 lb rider, and under your weight, any strong braking will slam that fork to the ground, making bike control harder.

    that big fat squishy seat that feels so comfortable sitting on it in the bike shop will be abject misery 5 miles down the road.

    I had similar goals to yours, I'm 58, and found myself at 230 lbs last summer, so I got this....



    which I've since customized some so its looking like...



    and have managed to lose 20 lbs so far... I've plateaued at 210, but am feeling in much better shape, so I'm not complaining.

    fyi, the bike is a 2010 Specialized Globe Vienna 2 (pretty much identical to a 2010 Sirrus base model), I got it off ebay sold as a nearly-new floor demo bike for like $300 including shipping. win-win.

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    And, changing the rear wheel to a 36 spoke, will help a lot. The best time, and cheapest time, is before you buy the bike. Anything that will fit 32mm wide tires, or wider, will ride decently. Currently, I use a 40 on the rear, and a 35 on the front. A great mix for ride and handling. A great basic bike computer is a Cateye Strada, Cadence. Yes, you can buy even cheaper, and they all work.
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    Just wanted to wish you good luck on your weight loss goals. I was in the same position last year. Taking up biking was the best thing that I did (and also cutting down the carbs!). Running/jogging kills my joints but biking I could do for an hour a day easy! Lost 35lb off a 220lb in about 6 months.

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