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Old 06-25-07, 03:49 PM
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Big dude, small budget.

I'm doing the home improvement thing right now, so my $$ is tight. I'd like to get my hands on a "steal" of a used bike that will fit my needs.

I already read that newbies should NEVER buy online, but I'm thinking craigslist is my best chance to get a bike on my budget.

I'm 6'2'' and about 230 lbs, although I'll drop quickly to about 210 once I start riding. I used to do some pretty serious BMX riding when I was a kid, and I have a great trail about 200 yards from my front door. I'll be doing some small jumps and easy to medium trails.

What should I keep my eye out for in terms of brands, size, and components? My range is at MOST $250
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Old 06-25-07, 04:26 PM
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what about something like this

http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/358924322.html
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Old 06-25-07, 05:16 PM
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or this

http://cgi.ebay.com/ROCKY-MOUNTAIN-H...QQcmdZViewItem
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Old 06-25-07, 06:38 PM
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You'll also get a lot of good advice over at the Clydesdayle forum.
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19" and 18" frames are going to be too small for him, but he might fell that they're more comfortable than bigger frames. I myself am 6'1" and I ride a 22" frame. I would recommend either a 21" or 22" frame for you. Check the Giant Boulder or Boulder SE. I think they're around $280.
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It wouldn't hurt to try out a couple frame sizes and brands at a local LBS. It'll give you a good feel for differences in frame geometry, which can alter the feel of a bike quite a bit. Although you probably wont be buying a bike from them initially, they will still be your source for "consumables" and gear (and maybe someday a new bike?), so I don't think its "bad etiquette".
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Originally Posted by JustBarno
I'm doing the home improvement thing right now, so my $$ is tight. I'd like to get my hands on a "steal" of a used bike that will fit my needs.

I already read that newbies should NEVER buy online, but I'm thinking craigslist is my best chance to get a bike on my budget.

I'm 6'2'' and about 230 lbs, although I'll drop quickly to about 210 once I start riding. I used to do some pretty serious BMX riding when I was a kid, and I have a great trail about 200 yards from my front door. I'll be doing some small jumps and easy to medium trails.

What should I keep my eye out for in terms of brands, size, and components? My range is at MOST $250

Buying a used bike usually is the best-bank-for-buck situation, but @ $250 MAX is really limiting your choice for a good bike that will hold up to your thrashing @ your weight. Maybe try a Specialized Hardrock or Rockhopper?
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Old 06-26-07, 06:10 AM
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The REI Ponderosa is a decent bike if it fits. Probably doesn't though. I'm 5'9" and it probably fits me. You're on the right track though.
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Old 06-26-07, 06:36 AM
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If you keep your eye out, you'll definitely be able to find a 20"+ mountain bike with a good set of components within your price range - I've bought several in the last couple months. The latest was a single-speed converted K2 Zed V with a decent suspension fork, upgraded rear wheel, a bunch of spares, in very nice shape for $125 - just keep your eye out and be ready to jump on the steals on Craigslist the minute they're posted.
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http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/358924322.html : thats nice price :-o
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