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rookie86 12-27-13 03:37 PM

Newbie seeking advice
 
I'm looking to get a bike I can use to commute on occasion and also use on some joy rides with my kids. Would a hybrid be a good option here?

I'm 6'2" and on a limited budget. Any suggestions on a value hybrid under $300?

dr1445 12-27-13 04:37 PM

at your price point you might consider used or a bike shop used & refurbished. a hybrid would be great fit for your needs, also a mtb with slick tires would work as well.

dynaryder 12-27-13 04:56 PM

Google for co-ops/bike kitchens in your area. They are usually the best source for used bikes. At your price point,you'll probably get a much better bike going used through a co-op/kitchen than getting a new,low-end bike through a big box/sporting goods store.

rookie86 12-28-13 07:58 AM

Thanks for giving me a place to start. I will see what I can find.

thebird55 01-01-14 12:27 AM

I'm going to go against the common advice, and suggest something like what I'm riding. I got a Gravity "Dutch", like the ones sold at Bikes Direct. http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/hybrid_bikes.htm
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/..._dutch_xii.htm

They have changed the model some since i got mine. I found mine even cheaper on ebay (from http://www.ebay.com/usr/chicabike) after looking it over at Bikes Direct. I chose it because it was available in a very large frame size. (I am also 6'2", and most of it legs.) This bike fits me better than my old Raleigh C-40. And I have much more control with this one.

The gear range isn't large (14 - 28) but that translates into easy shifting. It is a freewheel, which is drawback for anyone expecting a long bike "relationship" (and an issue I came here tonight to address, and then found your post). Paint scratches easily, too.

I also had to make a few inexpensive modifications to mine (swapped out the front DR with the old one off the C-40, and a more comfortable saddle), but now it rides well. I could have done a lot worse for that little bit of money. And I use it as a pack mule. It came with fenders, and I added a rack and panniers. It has held up well. (Except for that paint I told you about.:))

For no more than you want to do, this might be the route to go.

rookie86 01-08-14 02:01 PM

I sold my kindle so I could put a little more towards a bike. I bought a 2013 diamondback trace sport off of amazon for $430. I was initially going to go with the diamondback insight 1 for $400, but the trace sport looked like a slightly higher quality bike for a few bucks more. This seemed worth it even though the insight would have been slightly more geared towards how I was going to use it.

rookie86 01-08-14 02:05 PM

Also as an FYI the first place I went to was a local bike shop. They did not have anything in stock to cater towards my needs at the moment. They suggested I go to Dicks Sporting Goods as a quality box store to buy from because they actually care about what bikes they put out. They also recommended to stay away from Walmart, Target, and similar stores.

deerfly 01-08-14 05:39 PM

If you time it right, you can get an Insight 1 from Nasbar for $263 when they have one of their 20% off sales.

hey_javi 01-08-14 06:42 PM

Hi Rookie! I was in the same situation or almost as you as far as budget. I ended up getting a Diamondback Insight 1 from costco, great price! it is the 2012 model and here is the link:

http://www.costco.com/Diamondback-In...100082564.html

I really like the bike just got it last Friday! If you decide to get this one, you can check the best fit from Diamonback's web site, I am short so I got the smallest one and it's just perfect for me. They have a fit calculator that you can see your size.

http://www.diamondback.com/2012-insight-1

Good Luck! and looking forward to what you get :)

Javier.

rookie86 01-09-14 10:19 AM

Thanks for the extra advise and links. The issue I've seen with a lot of these great deals is the 21-22 frame that should fit me is no longer offered. I get the feeling either not a lot of tallish guys ride. Is nashbar a trusted/quality site to order from? I've browsed come of their stuff when searching the web, but I was never sure which sites were trustworthy.

hey_javi 01-09-14 12:47 PM

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Originally Posted by rookie86 (Post 16396309)
Thanks for the extra advise and links. The issue I've seen with a lot of these great deals is the 21-22 frame that should fit me is no longer offered. I get the feeling either not a lot of tallish guys ride. Is nashbar a trusted/quality site to order from? I've browsed come of their stuff when searching the web, but I was never sure which sites were trustworthy.

Sorry I have not ordered from Nashbar. If you want to order online and know your size and model, you might want to try Amazon, I believe they also do a price match.

deerfly 01-09-14 01:47 PM

I had ordered a bike from Nashbar back in May, it took 4 days to arrive and the box was in good shape. After that it's just a matter of a little assembly work. No issues at all.


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