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Old 10-14-13, 01:06 PM
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New guy looking for a bike

I'm 6'5" and 275, so I assume that puts me firmly in the Clydesdale category?



It's probably been 10 years since I've been on a bike of any kind, and just want to get something to ride around the neighborhood with the girlfriend. No super long rides or speed needed.

Would something like a hybrid work well? Any suggestions?
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Old 10-14-13, 01:12 PM
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Get the large version of the girl friend's bike.
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Craigs list for an old non suspension MTB. Your height will be difficult to fit. Be patient, or go to a good LBS for a Hybrid. Giant, Trek Specialized Fuji, GT, and a lot of others. None of those is really any better than the others. It is largely a matter of what feels good between your legs.
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Three bikes immediately come to mind. The KHS 747, the Surly Ogre, and the Surly LHT. Just equip the road bikes with cross lever brakes and you should be fine. Otherwise, get a SOMA ES frame and equip it anyway you like. The Surly Ogre is a uniquely designed rigid 29er mtb/hybrid.

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Hybrids and "fitness" bikes are good. Be patient until you get the right frame size and 32 spoke wheels.

The surly Long Haul Trucker, mentioned previously, is an awesome bike for a big guy, but is relatively expensive. I love nice stuff, and my money and I are soon parted. I would go with the Long Haul Trucker.
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Originally Posted by skilsaw View Post
Hybrids and "fitness" bikes are good. Be patient until you get the right frame size and 32 spoke wheels.
The 32 spoke wheels are just a little heavier duty than what's standard?
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Originally Posted by wdfwguy View Post
The 32 spoke wheels are just a little heavier duty than what's standard?
Hybrids mostly come with 28 spokes and the "fitness" bikes as low as 24. If you want trouble free riding, 32 spoke wheels are really strong. If your bike will mostly be in the garage then 28 spokes are OK for a clyde. There are clydes who ride racing bikes with 24 spoke wheels, but those bikes are pretty expensive.
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I found a Trek 7.5 fx with a 22.5" frame locally

How does that sound?
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Originally Posted by wdfwguy View Post
I found a Trek 7.5 fx with a 22.5" frame locally

How does that sound?
Sounds good, but at 6'5", 22.5" might be too small for you. I am just under 5'9", and 19" to 20" frame is about right for me. You need to see if it fits.
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As previously suggested, a hybrid or older MTB of a good make with road tires is an excellent starter bike.
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