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Old 10-01-10, 07:46 PM
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Help with bike purchase!

Hi all,
So I am looking to buy a bike that will get me around town and help me get into shape along with the gym and I need help with what kind I should get. I am 6'4'' about 280-290. Is there any recommendations on what I should get? I kind of have a limited budget, being a poor college kid

Would this bike be suitable for me? https://fortcollins.craigslist.org/bik/1982393318.html

I'm always worried about my weight and the size of tire rims . I don't know exactly how sturdy those types of rims are.

Any help would be appreciated
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Old 10-01-10, 07:48 PM
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Offhand, it looks like it's sized for someone who's 5'6" or 5'8", not 6'4".
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You are about the same size as my son. I'd advise against a road bike, and would recommend a mountain bike (no suspension or suspension fork only), and with your height a 29" wheel might provide a bike with a better fit, though the normal 26" wheels will work fine too. Mountain bikes are a bit more robust than road bikes, and are easier/more comfortable (generally) to ride. In a similar vein, "hybrid" bikes can be a good option, too, as they offer a bit of the mountain bike robustness and comfort with a little bit thinner tires.

You'll probably want to look for mountain bikes with "XL" or 20"+ frame, or 62cm-63cm on a road-type frame.

Craigslist can be a good place to find bikes. Another great place for very reasonably priced bikes is bikesdirect.com Here's a pretty affordable mountain bike from them that is much better than what you'd get from Wal-mart, but at a similar price https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...ne_400HT_x.htm
You'd need to assemble it, which is not too difficult if you are somewhat mechanically inclined. Otherwise, you'll need to get a friend to help you, or pay a bike shop to do it, which would probably push the cost past your comfort range.
Here's a SCREAMING deal in Boulder (assuming it is not a scam) that would be a great bike for you if you could get down there: https://boulder.craigslist.org/bik/1984474094.html
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If you're worried about the cost of one bike, what if you have to buy two because the first one didn't work out?

6'4" and 285 lbs says "big bike" to me. Go to an LBS or someplace where they can evaluate what you really need. Then remind yourself "Buy nice or buy twice."
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