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Old 07-27-13, 07:33 PM   #1
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Hello,

I am someone who is about to purchase his first real bicycle. The last one I had broke as I was riding it home, on account of I spent $125 at a big box store on it.

That was ten years ago. I've not been on a bike since, except for the last week or so. I've been using someone else's (a sturdy Trek) and it has reignited something in me. 100k later and I've made a promise to myself that I'm going to really do this, and I want to do it right.

I'm a bigger guy - 6'1" and 210 pounds. For me I aim to use cycling as a way to achieve further weight loss (down from 290 pounds at my heaviest) and increase my fitness level.

In the next couple of weeks I hope to have made a decision on which bike to buy as "my first." Hopefully someone reading this might be able to tell me the best subforum to ask questions about comparing specific models (I have a couple models in mind.)

Thank you!

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Old 07-27-13, 07:39 PM   #2
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Howdy, welcome aboard!
You can post questions on the subforum
based on the type of bike you're getting.
Hybrid, road, mountain, etc.
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Maybe Clydesdale forum?
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Hi Tom,

Welcome to Bike Forums

6 ft 210 lbs, ride a road bike.

What type of riding are you thinking about doing?
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Awesome, thanks!
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Hi Tom,

Welcome to Bike Forums

6 ft 210 lbs, ride a road bike.

What type of riding are you thinking about doing?
Thank you!

I am looking to be able to get out on the road (out of the city) and do a lot of highway riding and charity rides with friends.

At the same time, I also want to be able to jump on my bike to pick stuff up rather than using the car. My wife and I are expecting our first child, and so I think I'll be doing a lot of special trips if you know what I mean. We're also about to move into a house (from a high rise) so its not going to be as simple as going across the street anymore.

I've tested a few bikes so far. Unfortunately the shop I went to didn't have the Giant Rapid 2 that a friend recommended, but they did have something just "below" that and I can't recall what it was I'm afraid. It was fine, but didn't have the same components of the Marin Fairfax SC7 that I took out at another place. The Marin was immediately impressive and I'm kind of looking at is the one to be 'dethroned.'

I have not yet tested a proper road bike, but I definitely plan to. I've never ridden anything with drop bars for more than ten minutes, and I'm quite hesitant to commit to that without really experiencing it on a full ride and not just a test ride.

I can probably give more info that would help you help me, I'm just not sure what is most important to mention at this point. Any advice?
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Thank you!

I am looking to be able to get out on the road (out of the city) and do a lot of highway riding and charity rides with friends.

At the same time, I also want to be able to jump on my bike to pick stuff up rather than using the car. My wife and I are expecting our first child, and so I think I'll be doing a lot of special trips if you know what I mean. We're also about to move into a house (from a high rise) so its not going to be as simple as going across the street anymore.

I've tested a few bikes so far. Unfortunately the shop I went to didn't have the Giant Rapid 2 that a friend recommended, but they did have something just "below" that and I can't recall what it was I'm afraid. It was fine, but didn't have the same components of the Marin Fairfax SC7 that I took out at another place. The Marin was immediately impressive and I'm kind of looking at is the one to be 'dethroned.'

I have not yet tested a proper road bike, but I definitely plan to. I've never ridden anything with drop bars for more than ten minutes, and I'm quite hesitant to commit to that without really experiencing it on a full ride and not just a test ride.

I can probably give more info that would help you help me, I'm just not sure what is most important to mention at this point. Any advice?
Sounds like you want a bike that is versatile and can take racks if necessary. Plenty of hybrids to choose from, though I would urge you to consider relaxed geometry road bikes and sport touring/adventure bikes as an option. The reason is, while hybrids are OK and will get the job done for a once a season charity ride, if you really want to put on some miles, you will eventually want a road bike. There is really nothing to be afraid of with drop bars. For longer rides, they provide a much greater variety of hand positions and properly fitted, are much more comfortable for long hours in the saddle than hybrids.

If it were me (and it was me last year), I would check out the All City Space Horse, and the Jamis Bossanova. The Spacehorse is the closest to the complete bike I bought, the now discontinued Salsa Casseroll. http://allcitycycles.com/bikes/space_horse
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Sounds like you want a bike that is versatile and can take racks if necessary. Plenty of hybrids to choose from, though I would urge you to consider relaxed geometry road bikes and sport touring/adventure bikes as an option. The reason is, while hybrids are OK and will get the job done for a once a season charity ride, if you really want to put on some miles, you will eventually want a road bike. There is really nothing to be afraid of with drop bars. For longer rides, they provide a much greater variety of hand positions and properly fitted, are much more comfortable for long hours in the saddle than hybrids.

If it were me (and it was me last year), I would check out the All City Space Horse, and the Jamis Bossanova. The Spacehorse is the closest to the complete bike I bought, the now discontinued Salsa Casseroll. http://allcitycycles.com/bikes/space_horse
You got it - I do intend to have a rear rack, and I do have every intention of putting on lots of miles. I just finished going over the Space Horse and it looks really slick. I'll have to try and track one down here in Toronto, which might be hard as they don't have much distribution in Canada it seems.


If I'm unable to do that, are you aware of any similar models of other brands that compare to the Space Horse? (That Jamis is really attractive too, but out of my price range I'm afraid.)
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All City is available in Toronto, at least according to their website. Can't think of too many other bikes on that order, though QBP is the parent company to Surly and Salsa. As I said, I bought a Salsa Casseroll, which is discontinued. If you can find a leftover 2012 model, that is a possibility.

http://www.bikesonwheels.ca/

Another option is the Jamis Satellite Sport or Satellite Comp. My wife has one, and we mounted a rear rack to hers. Though it comes with 25 mm tires, we switch those out in favor of 28 mm for greater versatility riding uneven surfaces, or even packed dirt, gravel, or crushed limestone.

I also really like the Surly Pacer, but I don't know if it will take a rack. You might want to check with a Surly dealer if you decide the Surly is on your short list.

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Hey Tom

I have put a seat post rack and now a rack mounted with P-clips on my road bike.

Put 40,000 miles on it so far.

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Hey Tom

I have put a seat post rack and now a rack mounted with P-clips on my road bike.

Put 40,000 miles on it so far.

That is brilliant! Looks alone this is the setup I picture myself having (still undecided on the handle bar style though.) Can I ask, is this a custom build or is there a base model I can look up?
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Felt F-80/85 road bike. New in 2008.



With seat post rack. Oct 2010, Rode 2037 miles with 22 rides.

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http://www.feltbicycles.com/USA/2013...-Bike/F85.aspx
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Felt F-80/85 road bike. New in 2008.



With seat post rack. Oct 2010, Rode 2037 miles with 22 rides.

Nice bike. What size tires do you use?
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I use 700 X 18's to 700 X 28's

Here it is with 700 X 20's

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That Felt looks like a very fine bike. To my eye, looks somewhat (quite a bit) more aggressive than the Surly, All City, or the Jamis. OP should test ride a few bikes and get a feel for what he finds most comfortable.

Still, I like the idea of seeking out brands that stand out from the pack (Trek, Giant, etc), and Felt bikes would be on my short list.

Also worth considering is materials. Steel, or aluminum. (Carbon fiber is not an option at the $1,000 price point). I like steel, but aluminum has its virtues, and modern aluminum frames often have carbon fiber forks and other technology to smooth out the bumps.

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welcome to the forum. congratulations on loosing 80 pounds, and your child that is on their way!
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