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Old 03-08-08, 12:12 PM
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Hey All,
My name is Tommy and I just have a quick question. I am about to buy a bike, but am stumped on which one to buy. I dont have much money, and I'm a fairly big guy. 6'1 215lbs. It feels like the bikes I have been getting on are too small. Should I be looking at 26" or 28"? Because of my limited funds, I have really only considered Walmat bikes. (I know, Bad Idea). Can anyone please suggest a good, decently priced bike that I should look at? My wife is also looking into a bike too. We just want to ride for excersise. Any names would be very helpful. Thanks
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Old 03-08-08, 12:16 PM
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Hi Tommy, are you looking for road bikes? Have you checked the local Craigslist?

If you are really set on getting a Wal-mart bike (and it's definitely not something I would recommend) you could look at the GMC Denali.

But honestly, if you were going to spring for a Denali, you would do better to check CL first.

Where are you located?


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Old 03-08-08, 12:37 PM
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I have looked at Craigslist a couple times. I Couldn't find anything in a good price range. I'm located in Arizona. I'm looking for either a road bike or mountain bike. Which ever one can will fit me and meet my price range. Thank you ver much for the welcoming.
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Well, you might want to take a look at the Denali then. You might want to visit the Clydesdales/Athenas forum and ask them as well.

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kazokazo50, you will likely find the bikes at Walmart ALL a bit small for you. You're going to need a 58 CM, or XL frame. Do drop by Clydesdales, definitely though, since there are a few other things you need to consider. We can definitely help you out as far as selection goes.

Look at this bike, down in Gilbert, frm todays Craig's List listings for $200 OBO. $21.00 more than the Denali and 10X the bike, and it appears to be a 58CM.

http://phoenix.craigslist.org/bik/599608956.html
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Hi Tommy. Frame size requirements vary depending on the style of bike. For instance, my Trek 6700 mountain bike (hard tail ie: no rear suspension) is only available to a 21.5" maximum frame size. However you will find that road bike frames are spec'd out with taller frame dimensions. Therefore when asking what frame size you should get, you should have a good idea of what bike you're interested in. Whether you're riding for fun only or more seriously, make sure the bike fits and feels comfortable. You might want to look for a good used one rather than a lower quality new one. East Hill is correct that the Clydesdales forum is a good resource. You might also want to search through the Road and Mountain Bike forums for additional information on frame sizes. Good luck and welcome to Bike Forums.
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Here's another road Bike, a Fuji...$70 from Phoenix

http://phoenix.craigslist.org/bik/599214710.html
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if you're not sure about the type of bike to get or frame size, perhaps a visit to a bike shop is in order. They can tell you the correct size for a road bike and for a mountain bike.
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Thank you all for your time and efforts on helping me fine a good bike. I'm looking into some ones that have been posted and mentioned. Thanks again everyone.
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Wonderful! Let us know if any of those work out .

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Hey guys,
Thanks again for all those replies. I just picked up the Giant ATX 760 for $150.00. Its awesome and it feels great. Its in wonderful condition. Hope to upgrade one day, but, I'm very happy with this for now. Thank you all again.

But, if anyone can point me in a good direction for my wife, that would be awesome. She is looking for a mountain bike. She is 5'5 130lbs. I have found these so far, but not sure what size she needs. We may end up picking up a new bike for her since we saved a bunch of $$ on mine.

I hope they are all still there...

http://phoenix.craigslist.org/bik/602168008.html

http://phoenix.craigslist.org/bik/602095783.html

http://phoenix.craigslist.org/bik/601950318.html

http://phoenix.craigslist.org/bik/601832545.html

Any look/sound good? She and I are going to go get her measured to see what size fits her at a bike shop when we have time. Like I said, maybe pick up a new one, maybe not.

Also, any good Brand names for women?
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The Trek 7200 looks like the best bet if it fits her...the other Trek is too big.

One of the bikes you show is a 'comfort' bike--not at all what she wants.

The Ross might not be bad, but it's an older bike and 'old school'--no suspension. Doesn't give the size either.

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You can also try Ebay and then restrict your search criteria to your local area. You could check google or the phone book for local used bike shops. You could check Play it Again Sports. You could check online classifieds for people selling their old bikes.

I didn't have any luck on Craigslist either so I ended up buying mine on bikesdirect.com. It was a decent price considering the quality of the components.

Hope this helps!

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