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How do i know...

Postby JpasDa1 » Tue Mar 17, 2015 10:29 pm

Looking to buy a bike for excercise. I don't know what exactly I should be looking for. Can anyone help me?
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Re: How do i know...

Postby to the beach » Tue Mar 17, 2015 10:33 pm

You need a bike that is the proper size frame for your body. The bike should be capable of the type of riding you would like to do and within the price range you are comfortable with.
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Re: How do i know...

Postby JpasDa1 » Tue Mar 17, 2015 10:40 pm

Well I'm 5'11" and 205lbs. Is there a list i can use to help me decide exactly what to get?
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Re: How do i know...

Postby rpromero » Wed Mar 18, 2015 4:30 am

What kind of riding do you want to do? Paved, dirt, trail, downhill?? What is you MAX budget?
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Re: How do i know...

Postby cole.robinson.543 » Wed Mar 18, 2015 5:15 am this link can help select a frame size. You can always +/- an inch or two.
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Re: How do i know...

Postby JpasDa1 » Wed Mar 18, 2015 6:48 am

Paved roads and sidewalks in my neighborhood
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Re: How do i know...

Postby wa_desert_rat » Wed Mar 18, 2015 10:32 am

This is a good starter bike for roads. You don't have to crouch over low slung handlebars, it's a design that hasn't changed much over the past 75 years. And it's not very expensive. My kids have one for visiting friends who might want to go on a ride with them and no one has broken it yet. It's $149 and almost all Walmart stores should have one in their bike rack. If you like to ride and get into it then you'll be set to decide whether you want to move up to something else. ... d/26999373

Don't ride it over curbs or through potholes and be VERY careful around railroad tracks. (They can trap your front wheel and throw you in a split second.) Always cross tracks at a 90-deg angle.

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Re: How do i know...

Postby JohnnyMullet » Wed Mar 18, 2015 6:29 pm

If you have any hills or plan on riding hills, then you need a geared bike (18 speed,21speed,etc) but if you just plan on slow flat, smooth terrain trips, then a simple cruiser bike with a single speed would work. These are very comfortable to ride......... ... y/33396330

If you want gears and only paved road riding, you can get either a 700c road bike or a hybrid bike. A road bike will have skinny tires, gears, and are lighter and faster than other types, but are not very good on dirt or loose gravel and a less comfortable riding position........ ... m/16203487

A Hybrid will have similar traits as a road bike, but not as light and more comfortable to ride....... ... d/26999373

Another option is to get a mountain bike. These have gears, a semi-gressive riding position (not as much as a road bike) and can handle rougher terrain and usually built stronger. The only thing with a mountain bike is the damn knobby tires. Knobby tires really slow you down and are not needed on pavement and are noisy. Unless you ride exclusively off road then you need this type tire. But for the best of both worlds, a mountain bike with a set of "Semi-Slick" tires are the ticket. This will allow for smooth, fast road riding and still capable of cruising down a dirt road without worry. Front suspension forks are OK, but no need for a full suspension mountain bike. You can also get 29er mountain bikes equipped with 29" wheels that are larger than the standard 26" forund on mountain bikes......... ... d/40703437

I am not endorsing any certain bikes by the link, but used them to show you the differences.
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Re: How do i know...

Postby bigmike » Mon Mar 23, 2015 1:21 am

I actually purchased the Schwinn Admiral about a week and a half ago. I hated the handle bars and seat. The bars were pointed almost straight back and seemed narrow. The best way to describe the hand position is "carrying a box". The seat was just too wide to be comfortable on a trip over 3 miles. A quick trip to the bike shop and $20 later it's now wearing a set of bars similar to a dirt bike. Another $20 at WalMart and it had a narrower seat.

Now I really like the bike, but being only a 7 speed the granny gear isn't quite enough. Where I live the hills aren't long but they come out of nowhere and go straight up. I have a shamono TZ-31 gear set coming in on Thursday ($26 installed) that will replace the 28 tooth granny with a 34 tooth without changing the other gears. This should complete the bike nicely (the 34 is almost like shifting to the small sprocket up front).

I have almost 100 miles on the bike and the only problems I've had are:

1) The chain guard has like a small finger at the back and it decided to fight with my chain. Grabbing it with a pair of pliers and working it back and forth for a few seconds removed the finger.

2) Riding home from work today i kept hearing an intermittent pop/rattle from the front tire that could be felt through the handlebars. I am hopeful it is just the fender coming loose and making noise but i couldn't see it moving.

I know this sounds like I'm throwing money at it but remember the bike comes home for $150. I am still under $225 to. Make it fit me and be comfortably rideable.

BTW this is coming from someone 34 years old and over 275 lbs.
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