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Couple Questions from a new guy

Old 07-23-12, 08:36 PM
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Couple Questions from a new guy

I use my gyms stationary bikes a lot, but recently pulled out my old 21 speed mountain bike while my car was broke, and now I'm biking consistently and considering investing in a better bike.

My current bicycle moves, but the gears don't exactly work proper, or anything on it for that matter, I'd basically call it a 2 speed, either Low or High.. I'd like a bike for work, I'm a merchandiser so I'd have to bike 30-40 Kilometers in the fastest possible time to several stores, the roads are curvy, but not overly steep; however, on my way home there's a massive steep hill, I'd like too bike up it without stopping, i can do it in 4 intervals on my current garbage bike with 20 second breaks.

Also im constantly bulking and cutting, so my weight varies between 185-215lbs and I'm 6'4, what should i be looking at and for in terms of bike size?

Cliffs:
-Current Bike Sucks
-Wants New Bike
-Wants to Climb Steep Hills, Travel Fast
-Price Range $500-$700 (Looking New and Used)

Currently found this on Kijiji, Not sure if it would suite my needs.. https://halifax.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-s...AdIdZ398426228

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Old 07-24-12, 12:17 AM
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My suggestion to you is to lurk around the various forums here and read all you can. Take about half of it with a grain of salt, and the other half glean the nuggets of info from. You should be well on your way to answering most of your own questions soon enough.

If you look around a bit, you might even be able to fix some of the issue going on with the current ride, according to what it is and what is wrong with it, to give yourself some more time to learn and research your purchase.

Best of luck, hope you enjoy your new found addictio...I mean hobby.
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Originally Posted by Evan214 View Post
My current bicycle moves
What is the average speed?
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Old 07-24-12, 12:26 AM
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Wow, feel special...two posts in and you have garnered the attention of one of the on site Demigods of Frivolous Posting.
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Bike appears to be just what you're looking for .....except it's probably too small
For you. You're 6'4 add says frame is medium size
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Originally Posted by VELOGLOCK View Post
Bike appears to be just what you're looking for .....except it's probably too small
For you. You're 6'4 add says frame is medium size
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Yeah, that bike would never fit you. You need at least a large! ...Sorry! It's a nice bike though....

If you're going to invest in a road bike, I would recommend the following:

* The Jamis Satellite Sport
www.jamisbikes.com/canada/thebikes/road/satellite/12_satellitesport_gy.html

* The Jamis Satellite Comp

www.jamisbikes.com/canada/thebikes/road/satellite/12_satellitecomp.html

* Means that it's a much better bike than most at that pricepoint.

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I'm pretty biased when it comes to bikes, so take this with a grain of salt.. but this was the road bike i started with
https://www.cannondale.com/2012/bikes...8-7-sora-25382

my LBS has been taking in trades on older models and selling them for $400, so I would check out your LBS to see what kind of used deals they may have
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
What is the average speed?
I have no clue, it's not worth fixing though. The middle gears just make the pedels skip on me, so its either in the 1st gear with the micro gears shifted all the way up, or 7th gear with them shifted up as well, depending where i am.. It's rusted out and i carry an alen wrench too tighten it together after strenuous use, usually the handle bars fall too the side on me.. I may go take a look at the bridgestone i posted.. he said he's 6'3 and around my weight and used it no problems, I'm sure i'd be better off with a bigger bike, but im on a major budget right now, and choices are limited in my small area.

Thanks for your help everyone, i'm going too check out sportschek today too.. no Local Bike Shops that I'm sure of.. But they've got some Jamis Bikes that may be worth looking at.

Edit: did a quick google search, and found a local bike shop, i must have looked past 2 times a day

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