post #1 of Old 05-16-2013, 04:16 PM Thread Starter
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What bike to choose?

Ok, I'm 250lbs. With that weight on the frame, what bicycle would be a good option? Cost is a factor, gonna ride easy trails and I'm in decent shape. Be gentle, I haven't ridden a bike in years.

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post #2 of Old 05-16-2013, 09:17 PM
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your weight is nothing for a decent xc bike. i have a buddy that is in the 300 lb range and rides nothing but sub 24lb xc's

cant really go wrong with giant, kona, felt, rocky mountain, and a wide variety of others. stay away from the kmart specials, they are all crap

hit a couple local bike shop and see what you like. most shops only carry 1 or 2 lines, so you may have to drive around a bit

be ready for some sticker shock, with gas prices rising, entry level is around $500 and they can easily hit the $5k+ range
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post #3 of Old 05-17-2013, 08:47 AM
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I agree with Ironhead on the local shop front. I picked up a new mountain bike last year and i don't know ANYTHING about bike/part manufacturers. The local shops seem to be more interested in getting you the right bike instead of the best profit. The guy I worked with recommended about 4 bikes based on my riding requirements, and let me putt around outside the store on them, even made small adjustments (seat/handlebar height). I walked out of there with a great fitting bike and a stellar price (i was lucky enough to catch the end of year sale).

Just take your time and make sure you like what you're buying!

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post #4 of Old 05-17-2013, 12:57 PM
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For someone your size I'd aim more toward an all-mountain bike. A nice one will be light enough, and with good enough geometry to climb very well, while being built strong enough to survive full downhilling. I could throw around some recommendations, but there is a huge price range possible! Local bike shop is the best way to go
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post #5 of Old 05-19-2013, 11:14 PM
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if I had one suggestion its this. Look at what you're going to spend on a new bike, then take that same amount of money and jump on Craigslist or Pinkbike. You can get a lot of bike for 5-600 dollars. In the ways of new bikes, 5-600 will get you started and by the time you have a bike you want, all you have left from the initial purchase is the frame. Been there done that.

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Harley Davidson Fat Boy!
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post #7 of Old 05-21-2013, 06:06 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the suggestions. I had 500 set aside for a decent bike for exercise and fun when camping or trails. The Harley blows my budget and may not burn as many calories

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