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Old 07-28-04, 07:46 PM   #1
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Big Man needs a new bike!

Hello everyone.
I am a newbie at this, so forgive me if this subject has come up before. I have been shopping for a new bike after being off of one for 20+ years. I am 300+ and 6'-4". I have been shopping in the Philly area for a comfort bike and my LBS have suggested the Giant Sedona, the Trek Navagator, and the Raleigh SC 30. All of these bikes have front suspensions, aluminum frames, shimano deraileurs, and seat suspensions. Is there a difference between them? The prices vary from $300 (Giant) to about $350 (Trek & Raleigh). Weight is a concern of mine, but after looking over the other posts, it is less of one. These bikes all look the same to me, so any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 07-28-04, 08:09 PM   #2
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At your wieght, those bikes all will do fine. You need to have a bike with at least 36 spokes per wheel and frames of one metal. Test ride them, and decide based on price and service. I'd ditch the suspension seatposts.
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Probably not much difference in the bikes, at that price range. I don't know those specific models, but the market is competitive, and nobody's going to be able to put high-end components on a $350 bike. They may all be identically specced, at least for the major components. I'd look for the shop with the best service, or the one closest to my house, or the one that had a color I liked.
Be sure to get something that fits. I'm your height but about 60 pounds lighter (I've been as high as 270, though), and I let shops sell me things that were too small for years. Putting on a longer seat post DOES NOT help much--you'll wind up with a long reach down to the bars, which will make you uncomfortable, so you won't ride. If they try to do that, ask for a stem swap to raise the handlebars, too (they may charge for it, because there's not much profit on a bike like that). I'm assuming you're not in peak shape, so it's especially important that you be comfortable.
On the issue of weight (the bike's, not yours)--it's just not a factor in this case. There won't be more than a few ounces, maybe a pound of difference from the lightest bike to the heaviest, and in this case that's way less than 1 percent of the bike-rider package. You want something that won't break, not something that floats away on the breeze. I've been there, and it's better to be riding than fixing.
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At 300 pounds, a pound here or there on your bike will be unnoticeable!

The reason they look the same is they pretty much are.

As you probably know, a bike is a frame plus components. Components are generally made by a different company than the frame maker, so you will find the same components on many different bikes.

Be sure to get a 36 spoke wheel, as previously mentioned.

Have your wheel spokes "tension relieved" after you have ridden it awhile. This will help to insure the durability of your wheels.

Mostly have fun. Before long we will see you asking the same questions in the road bike forum!
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Thanks for all of the advice guys! I plan to purchase very soon so I will check in and tell you what I purchased. I have a few more LBS to hit, but so far I am leaning toward the Giant because of the price. This forum is a real find and I am really glad you all are so helpful. Thanks again.
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