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    Ideal Hybrid for Heavy Rider?

    Hello,

    I'm looking to buy a commuter bike (~3 miles each way), but have never ridden anything other than a mountain bike. As such, I thought a hybrid would be the perfect mix of something I find comfortable, yet is equipped for the daily ride. I'm realizing my price point (~$200) is fairly low for a hybrid - even used. I live in Philadelphia, and there is a plethora of craigslist posting for used bikes, the most of which are road bikes (with the lean-forward handle bars/breaks). I'm guessing that hybrids are a fairly new concept, as I don't see any 70s/80s postings like I do for road bikes?

    I'm 6' and ~220 lbs. What sort of tires and frame (as in material) would a person of my build be best on? Can anyone make any recommendations as to older Hybrids that I might find in my price range? A friend also said that I could probably convert the handle bars on a road bike to up-right bars, but I'm guessing that involves more experience than I have.

    According to the charts, I'm best on a ~56cm frame. I thought that seemed a little small for someone 6'...

    I've been seeing a lot of talk about the Giant Escape 3, which is about my price point, but I might be able to find used if I hold out..

    Thanks for any advice!

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    I am about your size - a little shorter. I ride hybrids and love them. I would get a large frame (58cm or 19-inch depending on how it's measured). Based on what you're used to and how you want to ride, I'd have them put on "35" tires. I wouldn't try to convert a road bike as the geometry wouldn't work as well. I think you'll have a lot of fun.

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    At your weight, any bike other than the high dollar ultr-light road bikes will be fine. I ride a hybrid, I am 6' tall and weigh about 330, and at my weight I installed beefier wheels, but that was strictly for peace of mind, since my previous bike had over 3,000 miles on it with no wheel issues.

    Giant is well thought of for affordable bikes.

    You can pretty much choose any hybrid bike that comes from a bike shop used, and it will suit your needs very well.

    Sometimes you can find good bikes to fit your need on Ebay, just sort by distance and ask if they'll allow local pickup (if they don't list it).
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    I took your advice and peeked on eBay. I see a "Trofeo Aspen" from a seller in the UK. Any idea what kind of quality these bikes are?

    Trofeo Aspen Men's Hybrid Urban City Commuter Bike Cycle 18 Speed Shimano Gears | eBay

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    Quote Originally Posted by djvan View Post
    I took your advice and peeked on eBay. I see a "Trofeo Aspen" from a seller in the UK. Any idea what kind of quality these bikes are?

    Trofeo Aspen Men's Hybrid Urban City Commuter Bike Cycle 18 Speed Shimano Gears | eBay

    It has a high ten steel frame and fork. This is a low end bike. I wouldn't recommend it.

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    I am 6'5 and 215 lbs, I ride a XL(58.5) Giant Escape 3 with no problem at all.

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    Commuting to where? Work? School? How will the bike be secured? With a chain on campus? In a bike locker in the company garage staffed by security? The risk of theft in some urban areas would prevent me from buying something too interesting to thieves.

    For such a short commute, I'd just want something comfortable and reliable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vexxer View Post
    I am 6'5 and 215 lbs, I ride a XL(58.5) Giant Escape 3 with no problem at all.
    Just one caveat to point out.......Giant's XL is REEEEEAAALLLY XL!!! Be sure you ride whatever you're planning on. My Cannondale Quicks are both XL's and they're sized almost exactly like a Giant "L" version of the same thing in an escape.

    In Giant I'd put you in an "L"
    In C'dale "XL"
    Specialized "XL"
    Fuji "XL"
    etc.

    Look for something around 20" (they measure in inches for the seat tubes vs cm's like the road bikes) but anything from 19" to 21" would probably suit you well) Anything below or above that would be a bit of a stretch, imho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by desertdork View Post
    Commuting to where? Work? School? How will the bike be secured? With a chain on campus? In a bike locker in the company garage staffed by security? The risk of theft in some urban areas would prevent me from buying something too interesting to thieves.

    For such a short commute, I'd just want something comfortable and reliable.
    It'd be on UPenn's Campus, secured with a U-Lock. Haven't heard of any bike thefts from commuters. It'd be indoors at night. Still, I don't think I'm going to have anything extremely fancy with a price point of <$200.

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    Quote Originally Posted by djvan View Post
    It'd be on UPenn's Campus, secured with a U-Lock. Haven't heard of any bike thefts from commuters. It'd be indoors at night. Still, I don't think I'm going to have anything extremely fancy with a price point of <$200.
    Really? Isn't the area around Penn kind of sketchy? It was when I was growing up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MRT2 View Post
    Really? Isn't the area around Penn kind of sketchy? It was when I was growing up.
    I don't think so. I mean, there's literally ~50 bikes at the racks I'd be locking up at. Way too much traffic during the day for anyone to come through with bolt cutters and try to steal anything. Not to mention, there's a food truck parked there, and patrolling security guards. I'd say it's safer than my place in graduate hospital.

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