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Old 10-21-09, 02:07 PM
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Need advice--seeking bike for my husband

I would really like to get my husband a bike for Christmas. Unfortunately, the ones he likes are out of our budget. Times being tight, I looked on Craig's List hoping to find one that he would like until we can afford the one he really wants.

I don't know anything about bikes, so I wanted to get some opinions before I proceed. Could someone help me out? Here is the Craig's List ad:
https://oklahomacity.craigslist.org/bik/1426783736.html

Here is the link the seller provided with the specs:
https://archive.giant-bicycles.com/cn...002&model=9616

BTW--he would ride on paved trails mostly, with some rougher trails once in a great while. He's 6'2" and about 235 pounds. The seller said that he is about the same size and that the dealer recommended this bike to him.

Thanks in advance for your help! I'm a wife who really loves her husband and wants to give him a GREAT Christmas surprise!
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Old 10-21-09, 02:25 PM
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Hi BFD. I'm also in OKC, so your post interested me. I browse the local CL ads about every day. That Sedona is not suitable for just about any off-road use. It would work fine on the paved trails around Lake Hefner, but really isn't a mountain bike. I would suggest the '99 Giant ATX 860 that is also on there. It has a rigid front fork which will actually ride more efficiently on the paved trails, but be fine for occasional forays onto the harder trails like Bluff Creek or Draper. It has better geometry for going off-road, and should be about the right size (20 inch frame). Offer them $125 if you like it.
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Old 10-21-09, 04:14 PM
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What bikes does he like that are out of budget?
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Old 10-21-09, 05:22 PM
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I agree with helmut. A 20" bike size is in order. The bike depicted appears smaller. 20" the frame size is called large by some Co.s
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There's a Nishiki for 75.. I have a very similar bike. That older style, straight-up, heavy duty mountain bike will generally be selling for 100 or so. The owner states that it was professionally tuned which could've cost him eighty, that's what it just cost my brother to do his, he lives far from me. To add to that, my nephew road my M. bike this w.end and liked it, he's 6'1" and the bike's a size 20, kinda scary.

That first bikes OK, seems it'll fit tight and in my oppinion... well.. a bit whimpy

Tell the man that it cost 175, he'll like it better.
I can't imagine why someone would want to sell a bike like that Nishiki, I spent that on meals this weekend.
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Old 10-21-09, 05:59 PM
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OH yes.. if you feel that it's too cheap o' gift, don't.. get a helmet and gloves too.
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