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Old 04-05-11, 10:47 AM
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Nishiki Men's bike Model 4130...

https://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/bik/2293480849.html

Can anyone enlighten me on anything about this bike? Everything I've read about the Century model says it's crap, but they're all saying it's a hybrid, which this is not. So...what bike IS this actually, and is it decent for me?

I'm looking for something to occasionally ride around the city with. Also, I'm 230lbs and as much of that is muscle, I'm not planning on becoming a sub 200lb guy any time soon. Also, I'm in college, so around $150 is a perfect price range for me, considering my lack of funds and that I won't be using it all the time.

I emailed the guy and he said he wasn't aware of it having had a tune up recently, but it was his son's bike so he's not too sure.

I don't even know what year the bike is, if it's a reasonable price, or if I should even consider buying it given what I want out of a bike.
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Old 04-05-11, 11:21 AM
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4130 is a nice basic Chromoly steel frame material. the bike looks like a lowend (but not junk) bike with a Suntour drive train from the late '80s. it looks like a rather small frame maybe 20' so if you are short it may be a good deal but if you are over 5'6"ish I would keep looking
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Thanks!

It is a 20" frame, but the seller said in an email that the standover height was 29.5". Last night I looked at a bike with a standover height of 31.5" and...how to I word this eloquently? It juuuust touched my nads when I stood over it.

According to my buddy who used to be really into cycling, you want 1-3" of clearance on standover for a road bike. Does that sound right? If so, 29.5" standover would be about perfect, no?

I'm starting to think I'm missing something between frame size and standover height...
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Originally Posted by magnetnerd View Post
Thanks!

It is a 20" frame, but the seller said in an email that the standover height was 29.5". Last night I looked at a bike with a standover height of 31.5" and...how to I word this eloquently? It juuuust touched my nads when I stood over it.

According to my buddy who used to be really into cycling, you want 1-3" of clearance on standover for a road bike. Does that sound right? If so, 29.5" standover would be about perfect, no?

I'm starting to think I'm missing something between frame size and standover height...
I wish bike sizing is that easy. I have zero/nadda/no clearance over the top tube (I have really short legs). There are a lot of factors on bike sizing, and many are more important than standover. Google bicycle sizing, you will find endless opinions out there.

The good news on sizing is as long as you buy right (good price), you will be fine. It is not usual to get dialed in size wise after you ride for a while, so worst case is you end up selling the bike and buying another one smaller or larger. Buy right, and such transactions are not a big deal.

4130 is very likely not the model, but the tubing grade. At the $150 pricepoint, it should be ready to ride. Basically, its a half step above entry level, nothing wrong with that.

The cheapest options tend to be vintage rigid frame MTBs, which have a myriad of tire options, can handle a lot of weight, are really durable.

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