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Old 05-18-17, 08:31 AM
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Need help finding the right bike!

Good morning! So, I see a lot of posts on here from people who need help finding the right bike and I'd like to throw my hat into the ring as well, if that's OK. I'm 6'7", what would be an appropriate bicycle for my height? I've been riding a mountain bike that I've had since I was a teenager and, needless to say, it doesn't really fit me that well anymore!

Obviously, I'm budget-minded, but at the same time would love a bike that's comfortable and gets me from Point A to Point B-I am an active person and I'd like to start riding more! Primarily, I ride on the road, but I'm sure I'd like to go off-road from time to time as well.

I'm told that, at 6'7" I will definitely need a 25" frame, and a hybrid bike has been recommended, specifically a Trek Fx 3 or FX 2. However, I don't have that kind of money, maybe a few hundred dollars at the most. I live in suburban Milwaukee, Wisconsin and have access to roads and off-road areas a well.

Any thoughts?
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I am also in suburban Milwaukee. At 6'7", you do need a large bike indeed, and frankly maybe larger than 25". Try your local Wheel and Sprocket and Erik's and see if the largest Trek FX and Specialized Sirrus will work for you. They might not, though. If they don't, you might need to go custom, or semi custom. Not many brands make a large enough frame to accomodate someone 6'7". Soma makes the Smoothie ES in 66 cm that might come close. Surly has a few frames in 64 cm. Beyond that, you might want to check out Waterford/Gunnar, made right here in Wisconsin. They make frames up to 70 cm and up. The problem though is, if you can't even afford a Trek FX 2, then a Soma, or Waterford is way out of your price range.

If you really can only afford a couple of hundred, you might need to look for something used, even vintage. It is a crapshoot though as even a nice vintage bike might need a hundred bucks or more of work.

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Originally Posted by favabean1982 View Post
I'm told that, at 6'7" I will definitely need a 25" frame, and a hybrid bike has been recommended, specifically a Trek Fx 3 or FX 2. However, I don't have that kind of money, maybe a few hundred dollars at the most.
Craigslist.

That price plus that size frame = used.

I am 6'5 and would be surprised if you arent a little cramped on a 25" frame. But the modern geometry does a lot to make that 25" number meaningless and have a bike effectively ride larger.
Good luck in the search.
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If you are primarily road, I see C&V 25-27" bikes fairly regularly on my local CL. They're generally cheap enough that you could even pick one up, and keep the MTB for your offroad ventures. Depending on your definition of "off-road", such a bike may work just fine as well.

A couple examples in your area:
https://milwaukee.craigslist.org/bik/6107922004.html
https://milwaukee.craigslist.org/bik/6092918326.html
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