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Looking for a sturdy and cheap bike

Old 03-27-17, 08:42 PM
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Looking for a sturdy and cheap bike

I am about 6'2 and 320 lb. I am looking for a pretty decent all-purpose bike. I will be riding on everything from paved roads, to dirt trails, to mountainous rocky trails. I don't really need anything special, just something that will hold my weight and be somewhat comfortable. I am a pretty novice bike rider, but I have done courses of 10-20 miles a few times over the past year. My budget is preferably $400 max, ideally under 300.

I have been researching a bit, and I understand that I should ideally be using a 20"-22" frame, but I am not sure what to look for in terms of holding my weight. I found two bikes on Craigslist, but I can't post the links being that I am a new member, so I'll do my best to describe them. I live in Reading, PA if anyone wanted to look for themselves to see if I missed anything.

2014 CANNONDALE QUICK 4 SIZE L ( Element wheels, Shimano alivio components) - $500
This one is a bit pricey, but if it is a good bike that works for me, I may shell out the money for it.
EDIT: Apparently this bike is only worth like $300-350. I may try to talk the seller down, but I doubt he will go that low.

TREK NAVIGATOR 300 SIZE XL (Brand new tubes and Continental tires) - $175
This one is just cheap, and I'm not sure how sturdy it would be under my weight.

Any opinions? Thanks!

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Look for a used, all steel mtn bike with no suspension fork. There were millions of these built through the eighties and nineties, and they're collecting dust in basements and garages all over the country.

If you do the rounds of garage sales, or check Craig's (shudder) list, you're bound o turn up something decent. If you have a knowledgeable friend, bring him along to help estimate the total cost, including necessary repairs.

Think of this as a temporary workhorse, whose main purpose is to get you going, and survive until you know how serious you want to be, and hopefully until you drop below 250#s or so, so you'll be at a more suitable, or closer to long term, weight and then can shop for something better.
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Couldn't have said it better myself. Second hand steel mtb with no suspension is the way to go. 22in seems a bit big for an mtb. When you are trying out the bike you want to stand comfortably without the frame going near the jewels. Very important for 'rocky mountainous terrain'. But like everything else, everyone is different so try for yourself.
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