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Replacing my Trashy Canadiantire Bike

Old 05-21-15, 09:56 PM
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Replacing my Trashy Canadiantire Bike

Hi everyone

I'm looking to replace my crummy old Canadian-tire mountain bike that has seemingly found a new passion for ghost shifting. In light of recent events, I have decided that I want to try and get my foot into the world of road biking. I'm looking to purchase a bike for $600 and then gear after, but if everything could fit into the $600 that would be ideal (I have a job so it's not to huge of a deal). Unfortunately, I don't know much about bikes as a whole (Still learning) but I can provide some information about myself. I'm 16 6'4 and weigh 260 pounds. I mentioned my age because I fear that I may still be growing (gained an inch last month).

I've also done some rough measurements (may be a little off) for the bike fit calculator. They are as follows (Note: Measurement is in inches) .

Inseam: 31.5
Trunk: 24
Forearm: 13
Arm: 24
Thigh: 23
Lower Leg: 22.5
Sternal notch: 62
Total Height: 76

Please note: I live in Canada, more precisely Kitchener, On. I would appreciate if you guys recommended something that could ship to me.

Thanks in advance for any help
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Old 05-21-15, 10:23 PM
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I have to ask, why not visit your local bike shop? Usually the people that work there will be able to find something in your price range and be able to comfortable support your weight.
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Is that your "cycling" inseam or pants inseam? Seems a little short for a 6'4" bloke (I'm 6'2" and have a 34.5 cycling inseam). I only mention that because if your dimensions are less than standard, you may be best suited to following the advice above and finding a nice bike shop that can help you out.

Good luck - at your height you're probably looking at a 60cm or larger frame and at your weight you need to take care of your wheels.
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Take a look at Royal Distributing in Guelph. They have last year models of Marins heavily discounted if your not looking to spend a ton.

I got my first road bike there 3 years ago for $485, it had msrp of about $800. I don't think you can find a new road bike with Shinamo components for any cheaper than that here.

It served me very well until I bought my new one this week. Hell I could sell it to you for a couple hundred but it would be way to small.

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Old 05-21-15, 10:42 PM
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@TrojanHorse That was pants inseam i believe. I measured it by straddling a level like a bike seat and measuring from the floor to the top of the level (instructions found online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_-zpSXQzsA) after reviewing the video, I've realized that I measured my inseam incorrectly. I have now remeasured and gotten 34.5. I hope that clears things up a bit

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Old 05-21-15, 10:43 PM
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@Bunyanderman I took a look at some local bike shops, but most seemed to only carry bikes outside of my price range.

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Old 05-21-15, 10:46 PM
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@rbk_3 Thanks for the offer but I'm no looking to buy a bike that's too small for me ^.^ . I'll take a gander at the website, I thought I checked most shops, but it appears I haven't. Thanks
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Originally Posted by Something_fishy View Post
@Bunyanderman I took a look at some local bike shops, but most seemed to only carry bikes outside of my price range.
Hmm, interesting. Even bike shops I have been to that have $2k-$10k bikes, they also have many options under $1K. Other sporting good stores usually have many bikes under $1k. Shops like REI, Sports Chalet, etc.
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Their site has a link to their catalog but it doesn't have all their bikes. You would probably have to call to get a list of all their bikes.

I bought my new one at Ziggys cycle, but they only have a few options under $1000
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Originally Posted by rbk_3 View Post
Their site has a link to their catalog but it doesn't have all their bikes. You would probably have to call to get a list of all their bikes.

I bought my new one at Ziggys cycle, but they only have a few options under $1000
Perhaps I'll try and stop by. It's kind of hard for me since I'm only 16 and my mom is busy working all the time. That's the reason I was hoping someone would provide a few suggestions that I could just order.

I was looking at another thread and someone recommended this bike to someone similar in size to me Save up to 60% off new Road Bikes - Gravity Liberty 2 | Save up to 60% off new road bikes
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I don't think you can order from there in Canada, unfortunately.

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East Side Cycle, Ziggy's, Mcphail's, Ski & Cycle Hut are reasonable options. And our city has acceptable public transit. Ditch your mom.
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Have you looked around for used bikes ...you can get pa nice used bike with a little searching. Expand your search to Mississauga and GTA

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Old 05-22-15, 05:26 AM
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I would recommend finding something local. For full bikes shipped to Canada you'll pay exchange, tax, plus another 13% for duty, so the nice looking price tag becomes not so nice. There are several shops down there (I'm originally from Brantford) that should be able to help you out, or find someone that can help you pick something up used.
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Originally Posted by evrythngsgngrn View Post
I would recommend finding something local. For full bikes shipped to Canada you'll pay exchange, tax, plus another 13% for duty, so the nice looking price tag becomes not so nice. There are several shops down there (I'm originally from Brantford) that should be able to help you out, or find someone that can help you pick something up used.
I just found out my dad has a US address just for situations like this. Would that change anything?
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Vintage Miele Lupa 14spd Racer 63cm

Says 63cm but I would bet 65 or 66 from the looks of it.

Benotto Road bike for sale.(24" frame)

This one is probably a better size for a 6'4" and growing cyclist. A bit expensive IMHO

I can't get on kijiji right now, but that is probably a better bet. Find a 62 - 64 cm frame size road bike with aluminum wheels and you will be happy.
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I just found out my dad has a US address just for situations like this. Would that change anything?
It doesn't change anything unless you're going to keep the bike at that US address. If it's just one of the places that accept packages so you can avoid hefty shipping charges than that is the only thing you would save. You still need to bring it across the border and pay taxes and duty on your purchase. So the US address would allow you to buy the bike from a retailer that won't ship to Canada, but the extra 26% (tax + duty) hardly makes it worth it.
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Another vote for checking out Royal Distributing that's also where I picked up my first bike.

As for ordering from the US. Importing Bikes and Parts to Canada ? Vancruisers.ca Also with our dollar being weaker now when you tack on the exchange difference may as well just buy locally.
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Specialized Allez Elite 2008 | road | Markham / York Region | Kijiji

KHS Black 16 speed road / city bike | road | City of Toronto | Kijiji
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Say I decided to save a little more money.

would one of these be more worth while?

http://www.amazon.com/Diamondback-Bi...7A6FC1GRVK0Z30

Amazon.com : Diamondback Bicycles 2015 Century 2 Complete Road Bike : Sports & Outdoors

http://www.amazon.com/Diamondback-Bi...WV0589HSDA44S4
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The century 2 is nice
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That Allez is a nice deal
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