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Old 04-05-08, 10:17 PM
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Tall Hybrid bikes???

Hi all, sorry for cross posting but someone in the hybrid section said I should post here....

I'm brand new to this forum and would like some advice. I haven't ridden a bike much in years but it used to be my main mode of transportation and I miss it. So I'm looking to get a basic bike, perhaps a hybrid of some sort, to start commuting to work on. I only live about 3 miles away so but there are a couple pretty good hills. Anyway, I'm 6' 6" tall and was wondering if anyone has any advice on a good commute bike. I was checking a couple bikes out at REI...specifically the Buzz line and they looked great. But they don't seem to come in anything over about 21" and they don't seem long enough to me when I raise the seat. What do you all think? Pointers?

Thank you all. Looking forward to being a part of this community!

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P.S. I'd like one with upright handle bars, some good gearing for the hills and under, say, $600 if possible. Also, I'm open (very open) to used bikes if any of you have one and live in the Bay Area (California).
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How's this for a quick response?

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/bik/631915758.html

Put some slicks on it, and some fenders and a rack, and there ya go....a tough commuter bike for $150.00 + the cost of the tires and a rack. The hybrid would have a suspension fork, and on pavement, you really don't need that. The rigid fork won't pogo and suck up your pedal strokes power transfer.
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Trek makes a 25" model (7200) which I rode for two years. It held up very nicely. I believe it was $500. Forget REI, go to your local bike shop and get fitted. They will order what you need.

https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...0_series/7200/
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If you want to wait and find a bike and you know what fits you, look on your craigslist. If you want a new bike, go your your LBS and have them fit you to a bike. If they don't have the proper frame size in stock, they can order one and have it in a few days. I am 6'3" and the place I went to didn't have the bike I wanted available, so they ordered one, and then I went back a few days later to test ride it and a few others. Find a good LBS and support them, and they will keep treating you right!!!
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Corsaro mountain bike on Craigslist

I'm going to go take a look at that Corsaro Mountain bike from Craigslist this afternoon. Two questions...what do you know about that brand? I've never heard of it and a quick search didn't turn up very much. And also, what's the best way to ensure that a bike isn't stolen when you buy it from Craigslist?

Thanks again...the response from you guys has been amazing!

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First: Judge the seller. You know that routine.

As to the Corsaro marque? I can't say much about it other than it's 99+ % probability that it's built in the same factory as Giant (Taiwan makes all the bikes these days, or China......

Here's the only reference to Corsaro Bicycles I could find:

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MISC: Womens style Corsaro posted by: Alan on 7/29/2001 at 9:53:21 PM

I have a mid-80's womens syle Corsaro Mountain bike. The name plate says Corsaro America. I bought it new as a complete bike. It has a mix of middle quality parts with suntour XC derailers and a five speed rear cluster. A tag indicates Main Tube/Corsaro/Cro-Mo Steel. Does anybody know anything about this kind of bike?

RE:MISC: Womens style Corsaro posted by Hunter Williams on 7/1/2004 at 5:19:54 PM

I too have a Corsaro brand bike, but mine is a road bike that I bought second hand. It is quite a nice bike, but I can't find a darn thing about the manufacturer. If you know of anything about this brand, please let me know.
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Thank's to all who responded. Someone from the forum pointed me to a bike on Craigslist that I went and grabbed for $150. I've never heard of it (Corsaro Mountaineer) but it just feels right....other than needing some adjustments since the chain goes "catchunk" once in a while when I'm riding it. How much should I expect to pay for a good tune-up and what kind of place is best to have that done?

Thank you all again!
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Originally Posted by jehuie
Thank's to all who responded. Someone from the forum pointed me to a bike on Craigslist that I went and grabbed for $150. I've never heard of it (Corsaro Mountaineer) but it just feels right....other than needing some adjustments since the chain goes "catchunk" once in a while when I'm riding it. How much should I expect to pay for a good tune-up and what kind of place is best to have that done?

Thank you all again!
Find a local bike shop (LBS), or talk to some people that ride near you and find out who they think does the best maintenance at the best price. The sound is probably a bad link and you need to replace the chain the is old and probably not ever lubed, or it is trying to change between gears.

Good luck with the new purchase. Find a good LBS and have it checked out and repaired and have fun riding!!!!
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