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Old 06-03-07, 07:46 AM
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Hi folks!

My first post and I am hoping to educate myself to make a good decision on my first bike. I am 6'00 235, down from 275. I have lost 3 pants sizes and have always had a goal of 200 lbs. I never seem to break 230. I started my weight loss from health issues and the desire to stick around and see the kids grow up! I work out 3 or 4 times week now (lifting, cardio). I recently baught a Wal-Mart Schwinn and took it on a trail in the north Georgia area, on a camping trip. What a rush!!! Unfortunately I have since returned 3 bikes to Wal-mart(all horribly assembled). I see now that If I am going to ride to any extent, I need to learn what the heck Im doing. I think my biggest problem will be budget, I just dont have the stroke right now to go drop the kind of cash that I probably should.

Any advice to this newbie from you all?

Have a good one...
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At 235, you can ride pretty much anything.

You might consider a used bike, flea markets and the Goodwill/Sal Army are great places to find them. Look for Alloy wheels with quick release skewers. $20-$30 for the bike and $60-$100 at the LBS will get you on the road. Unless you are good with tools, then you can save some $$ by doing your own work.
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Depends on your budget, really. If you are going MTB, the Specialized Hardrock Sport is a big favorite in this group for numerous reasons - they are great rides. Used is another good way to go, but just look for something that works - and has no problems at all.

However, again, really depends on your budget and where you are going to ride. The Trek 820, Hardrock Sport, and others are very affordable and are great rides.
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Originally Posted by barenbaybaysdad
My first post and I am hoping to educate myself to make a good decision on my first bike. I am 6'00 235, down from 275. I have lost 3 pants sizes and have always had a goal of 200 lbs. I never seem to break 230. I started my weight loss from health issues and the desire to stick around and see the kids grow up! I work out 3 or 4 times week now (lifting, cardio). I recently baught a Wal-Mart Schwinn and took it on a trail in the north Georgia area, on a camping trip. What a rush!!! Unfortunately I have since returned 3 bikes to Wal-mart(all horribly assembled). I see now that If I am going to ride to any extent, I need to learn what the heck Im doing. I think my biggest problem will be budget, I just dont have the stroke right now to go drop the kind of cash that I probably should.

Any advice to this newbie from you all?

Have a good one...
The problem with a bike from an Xmart (Walmart, KMart, etc), is that the assembler was doing a cleanup in Aisle 3, 5 minutes ago, they are not bicycle mechanics or even trained in bicycle assembly. The bikes tend to have limited sizes, often only one or two sizes, brand name bicycles often have 5 or more sizes, so it's likely to not fit properly. A Local Bike Shop (LBS) can also swap some parts to fine tune fit, stems, bars, saddles and seat posts can all be swapped to make fit work better.

If you can't afford a decent new bike, there are some options, a bike shop might be able to patch up, what you have, to get you through the season, then save up to buy, often this years model is on sale late summer and fall, when dealers, distributors and manufacturers are trying to clear old stock, and you may be able to get some nice deals.

If money is really tight, and your bike is ready for the dumpster, you can often get an experienced (pre-owned, used) bicycle, check your local new papers, the worlds favourite auction site, or craigslist.
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Welcome.

The previous posters have made some good points, so all I will add is have FUN and keep us updated of your progress.
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Thanks everyone. I dont presently have a bike, I figured I would hold off until I found the right one for my money this time. I will be riding with my son(5) at state parks and around the neighberhood, but I also really want to be able to get on trails like I did last weekend. I am going to check Craigslist and some local shops this week.

Have fun out there...
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Hey folks, i found a few bikes on Craigslist and thnought i would get some opinions. I found two Specialized hardrock sports, one $250 one $200. The 200 dollar one the seller said it was a girls bike, but he wasnt the owner...1 gary Fischer Joshua XL $300. 1 Diamondback 1.0 dual suspension $250. 2 Specialized "rockhoppers" $300 and $250.

Any of these worth a look?

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I would say to check out everything but the dual suspension. They are great for going down the side of a mountain, but not so great for.. well.. anything else . The cushy suspension saps up quite a bit of power.

Rockhoppers are great rides, and so are Gary Fishers. I'd say check 'em out and see if you like any of them. Take it to a bike shop for a "tune up" right after purchase, and you are golden.

And always, buy the one that makes you smile. It's definitely not an exact science, but trust me, you'll know
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Also check with the LBS to see if they have any used bikes they use as rentals or testers to see if you can pick one up for cheap. My LBS does this on occasion and they sold a really nice Trek Fuel EX7 for about half price. Bone up on the components and frame styles first by visiting your local dealers to see what you like, sizes, ect and then if you know anyone with bike knowledge, take them with you to look at the bikes from Craig's List. I would not rush into a CL bike unless you make sure it's what you want and is in good shape. That low price could be that way for a reason. Then you might get lucky like I did and find a steal of a deal.
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