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Big man looking to buy a new bike

Old 06-26-11, 11:59 PM
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Big man looking to buy a new bike

Hello everyone,
It looks like I've found the right forum for me. I'm 6'2" 280 and trying to lose more. I've lost about 40 pounds in the last 6 months by changing my diet and exercising more. I've been trying to jog, but if I jog one more step I think I might die. Which led me to looking at bikes again.

I'm 28 years old and, sad to say, haven't been on a bike in about 10 years. In my teens I went on a bike trip every summer, the longest being 600 miles, and I loved it. I rode my bike everywhere, but then I went to college and before you know it life happend. You know, job, bills, etc and biking just kinda fell by the wayside.

I went to a local bike store this weekend and the kid working there only seemed interested in selling me the most expensive bike in the store. That is why I came here, to get some suggestions on what brand/type of bike would be good for me with a budget of less than $500. Any advice you can give me is appreciated. Thank you all
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If I were starting from scratch and wanted an all around go anywhere bike for all purpose,it would be a Surly Cross Check. It's gonna cost about $1200, but will probably outlive you. Try to find an honest LBS to find something cheaper that's as versitile.

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One possibility is to look at Craigslist as there seems to be a fair number of people who find fabulous bikes for good prices that way. You can post possibilities here and get feedback.

What type of riding are you going to do? All nice paved roads? Ratty pavement? Some dirt? Lots of dirt?
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Hey, welcome to the forums!

I just started, myself. I'm 6'1, 290#. I'm 42 and haven't been on a bike in 20 years.

I was working with a budget of around $400, and I eventually went with the Trek 7000. It's a hybrid road/comfort bike. 21 speeds (3 cogs up front and 7 in back). I've only had mine for three days, but I really love it and it's a joy to ride. I was concerned that I was too heavy but that hasn't been a problem - just remember to keep your tired inflated properly and be gentle if you're taking curbs.

I'm sure that the more experienced riders here will have advice as well, but I saw that your height/weight were similar to my own and figured I'd let you know that I love my Trek 7000.
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