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Clyde on a Budget

Old 09-26-15, 07:03 PM
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Clyde on a Budget

Greetings,

A long long time ago in a galaxy far far away I used to ride my Diamondback hand me down everywhere. Out grew that fantastic bike and ended up on a 1970s pugeot from a yard sale, rode that until I got busy with college - wife - work and kids.

My son soon to be 7 finally had enough courage to take the training wheels off his bike - and guess what fish in water. He has spent the last week hauling behind up and down the street and it's obvious he needs and wants to go on longer rides. That brings us to me 6'2" give or take depending on gravity and 400 Lbs. I would love to get something to accompany him on rides. I have read through quite a bit on the forums and have some ideas. I've seen the trek 7.2 and 820 recommended along with the giant escape.

The catch: my dear wife has decided she would like to join us as well she is 5'2" and 300+ Lbs. Our budget for two bikes is limited so craigslist will be where we will look for these new to us rides. Are there any brands/models to look for and those to avoid? Any other input is quite welcomed, the world of bicycles is expansive and I definitely feel lost.
EDIT: my wife is endeared to the beach cruiser style.
Thanks for your time!



Me: 6'2" 43" being upper body.
400lbs

Her: 5'2" 300lbs

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Old 09-26-15, 08:03 PM
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I just want to welcome you and wish you good luck!

Because someone else might ask: what area are you in?
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Old 09-26-15, 09:36 PM
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Originally Posted by rollwithme View Post
I just want to welcome you and wish you good luck!

Because someone else might ask: what area are you in?
Thanks I am in the Portland metro area.
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Portland, Oregon?

As an option to Craigslist get to your local bike store and see if they have used bikes, form a relationship with them and let them do your maintenance...

I formed a relationship with my local bike shop and it has saved me dollars as in I picked up a 2013 Orbea Orca carbon fiber road bike for just $20.00 over what they had in the bike.

I bet you can get two good quality bikes that will service you and your wife for a couple years if you build a relationship with the bike store.
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Hey there

I'm in Portland also and am 62 years old, 6'5" and 320 lbs. Check out Meticon Bikes on SE Foster about 62nd, City Bikes (two locations on SE Ankeny), Community Cycling Center on NE Alberta at about 19th, Backpedal Refurbished Bikes on SE Harold at 72nd and WTF Bikes on SE 12th and SE Powell (next to Aladdin Theater). I would suggest steel frames, wide-ish tires, and triple chain rings and wide range cassette, possibly older MTB set up for comfort, utility. This will get you riding, not break your bank account and let you build up to the Trek and Beach Cruiser, both physically and fiscally. Or Not.

Warmest regards and enjoy your rides!
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Best wishes on a great decision. It's wonderful for you and the wife to get out there again and get active. We've all taken that first step here on this "Clyde" forum.
It's even more important that you ride along with your son, build your family time together and help him choose an active path to fitness. At this age he still thinks you 2 hung the moon and stars. Enjoy it while you can and be thankful he wants you along.
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Look for chromoly steel framed mountain bikes, no suspension at all, no gas pipe. Examples: Trek 830, 850, 930, 950; Specialized Hard Rock, Rock Hopper, Stumpjumper. You need a 19" or larger frame, she needs a 13"-15" frame.

https://portland.craigslist.org/clc/bik/5240899733.html

https://portland.craigslist.org/clc/bik/5239178339.html

Cruiser frames don't generally come in different sizes. Due to her mass, a man's frame will ride better than a woman's du to the top horizontal frame tube. Below is and exceptional deal.

https://portland.craigslist.org/clk/bik/5240871784.html

https://portland.craigslist.org/clc/bik/5210857393.html

DON'T SNOOZE, YOU'LL LOSE! Particularly in an active bike market.

After a few weeks to acclimate, I would recommend switching to road slicks,1.75-2.0" from the original mtb tires for a smoother and better performing ride.

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Originally Posted by dagray View Post
Portland, Oregon?

As an option to Craigslist get to your local bike store and see if they have used bikes, form a relationship with them and let them do your maintenance...

I formed a relationship with my local bike shop and it has saved me dollars as in I picked up a 2013 Orbea Orca carbon fiber road bike for just $20.00 over what they had in the bike.

I bet you can get two good quality bikes that will service you and your wife for a couple years if you build a relationship with the bike store.
I will add checking out the local shops on my todo list.
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Thanks! you guys are awesome craigslist links and everything.
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Originally Posted by Cascades T700 View Post
Hey there

I'm in Portland also and am 62 years old, 6'5" and 320 lbs. Check out Meticon Bikes on SE Foster about 62nd, City Bikes (two locations on SE Ankeny), Community Cycling Center on NE Alberta at about 19th, Backpedal Refurbished Bikes on SE Harold at 72nd and WTF Bikes on SE 12th and SE Powell (next to Aladdin Theater). I would suggest steel frames, wide-ish tires, and triple chain rings and wide range cassette, possibly older MTB set up for comfort, utility. This will get you riding, not break your bank account and let you build up to the Trek and Beach Cruiser, both physically and fiscally. Or Not.

Warmest regards and enjoy your rides!
I will have check these places out!
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