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Old March 19th, 2012, 06:06 PM   #1
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I know there's a few bike enthusiastic on here, so I'll give it a shot. I'm looking for a peddly bike. I prefer a mountain bike style, but it will be used mainly for road riding. I'm 5'10. What size do I need? I would like to keep the cost under 200. It will be used for general exercise, riding to work ect.

What are things to look for. Are the ones from meijer/walmart worth it?
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Old March 19th, 2012, 06:18 PM   #2
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I know there's a few bike enthusiastic on here, so I'll give it a shot. I'm looking for a peddly bike. I prefer a mountain bike style, but it will be used mainly for road riding. I'm 5'10. What size do I need? I would like to keep the cost under 200. It will be used for general exercise, riding to work ect.

What are things to look for. Are the ones from meijer/walmart worth it?
Size depends on other factors like your inseam and arm length etc, but I would guess you to be in about a medium so start there.

No, walmart and meijers bikes are worthless, so don't even bother. An entry level bike at a bike store is much better than anything at any department store. And increase your budget to about $300, that is where more entry level bikes start to begin.

My best suggestion is to go to couple different bike stores and see what is out there. A proper bike shop will do a better job of sizing you to a bike, while department type stores only have 2 sizes, kids and adults. I can recommend a couple shops to you in you are in the Grand Haven or Grand Rapids areas, just go an check them out.
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you probably want a medium, or a 16.5-18.5" frame.

If you spend 3-500 on a decent quality bike from the bike store you will ride it a million miles farther then you will ever ride a $150 walmart bike, and even a 3-500 bike isn't half bad and will last plenty long if cared for.

Or, browse craigslist, mmba.org/forum and get more for your money on the used market, just don't over pay for a used bike just because.
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Or, browse craigslist, mmba.org/forum and get more for your money on the used market, just don't over pay for a used bike just because.
This is what I have been doing for a while now. My problem (or ignorance) is that I have no idea what I am looking at/for.
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Size depends on other factors like your inseam and arm length etc, but I would guess you to be in about a medium so start there.

No, walmart and meijers bikes are worthless, so don't even bother. An entry level bike at a bike store is much better than anything at any department store. And increase your budget to about $300, that is where more entry level bikes start to begin.

My best suggestion is to go to couple different bike stores and see what is out there. A proper bike shop will do a better job of sizing you to a bike, while department type stores only have 2 sizes, kids and adults. I can recommend a couple shops to you in you are in the Grand Haven or Grand Rapids areas, just go an check them out.

X2. Walmart bikes suck. If it's a newer looking bike and it says Schwinn on it, It's most likely crap. I think it was the mid 90's that Some company (I want to say huffy) bought out schwinn and started using the same crap materials huffy's are made out of.

I would highly suggest CL. Honestly. Especially in towns that have colleges or universities. Trek, Specialized, Cannondale, Raleigh, Ross, Fuji are all good bike brands. If you can find an early Schwinn they are quality bikes. Most of those will be road bike though. You could take an old Schwinn 10 speed (Varsity, or Collegiate SP?) and turn it into a pretty nice commuter for pretty cheap. Just don't let a hipster know you have one or they might try and steal it from you make a Fixie to ride twice to class. .

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I would look into a cross bike, with give you a much better road experience than any mountain bike, better road gearing, and still give you the ability to ride off road. Stick with a bike shop, as not only will they size the bike for you, they will often offer a few months service on the bike, and set the bike up for you. Because getting a bike that's the right size is on very small part of an equation. You need to set seat height, stem length and height, and a few other odds and ends, that any quality bike shop can help you with.
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i stopped at the trek store today. i am just over 5'9 with about a 30-31" inseam. they put me on a 18 with a 28" tire or 17.5 with a 29 you can get into their low end for about 499. the one i was looking at was 649, but they said they were having a HUGE 3 day sale april 13-16
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Yeah.. there's no way I can justify to the ol'lady a 500 - 700 dollar bike.
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Size wise, if you are looking at mountain bikes, stand over the top bar with your feet flat on the ground. You want several inches between the boys and the top bar. For a more road oriented bike, you at least want to be standing flat footed over the bar without hurting yourself.

There is a lot more to body position, but that will give you a start on size.

I would also buy second hand. You can get a lot more bike for your buck. I would also steer clear of anything with rear suspension, unless it's a high end bike.

I personally like a Chrome-moly frame over aluminum. I think a well made steel bike has a lot better feel than aluminum. But everyone is different (and I grew up riding steel.)
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Yeah.. there's no way I can justify to the ol'lady a 500 - 700 dollar bike.
I used to think that way until I rode a mid-level bike. I ended up buying a Specialized Ground Control (Pre FSR) for $500 at a bi8ke shop, it was the previous year's floor model.

I could do maybe 5 miles on a Huffy, I can do 20+ on the Specialized.



BTW, Schwinn was bought out by Magna. Yes, Magna- the bikes that make Huffy look good.
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I live in a single wide... If I buy a 500 dollar bike, my bike will be worth more than my home.
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Just another tip, old mountain bikes make great commuters/cruisers. Just put some smooth tires on it and some not-so-straight handle bars (maybe a shorter stem if you don't want to be stretched out.) Sometimes you can pick up a bike that was 600+ bucks 10 years ago for 50 dollars or less. Then you don't feel so bad putting a hundred into it with new parts.

I ride a Trek from the 80s that just needed tires and a tune up, laid in some garage for 20 years. I think I paid 40 dollars for it.
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http://muskegon.craigslist.org/bik/2876307021.html

here's one right near you. not a bad bike. even has a nice set up height with the higher handle bars, probably easier on your lower back that way. make an offer I always say? the worst he can say is no.
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i stopped at the trek store today. i am just over 5'9 with about a 30-31" inseam. they put me on a 18 with a 28" tire or 17.5 with a 29 you can get into their low end for about 499. the one i was looking at was 649, but they said they were having a HUGE 3 day sale april 13-16
Seems big, but then again I prefer a slightly smaller frame. I am 5-10/11 with a 32" inseam and the trek 16.5"-17.5" bikes fit me great.

I have come to find out I like a more upright style of riding than the low slung racier cross country position, so I usually add a reall short stem, and super wide riser bars.


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Look for the major names, trek, specialized, giant, cannondale, etc. If you find something you like post it up here, enough people here to tell if you are getting a fair deal.

I just sold the perfect hardtail for you last fall, I let it go cheap to a high school kid just getting into it....stupid me. I regretted it the minute he left.
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I used to think that way until I rode a mid-level bike. I ended up buying a Specialized Ground Control (Pre FSR) for $500 at a bi8ke shop, it was the previous year's floor model.

I could do maybe 5 miles on a Huffy, I can do 20+ on the Specialized.



BTW, Schwinn was bought out by Magna. Yes, Magna- the bikes that make Huffy look good.

Woohoo! I'm not crazy. That actually did happen. It's a Shame too, My schwinn Mountain bike was one of my favorite bikes. Solid as a rock and helped me climb half a mile of 18% grade, among other steep climbs.
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What about something like this?
http://grandrapids.craigslist.org/bik/2910893106.html
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http://muskegon.craigslist.org/bik/2876307021.html

here's one right near you. not a bad bike. even has a nice set up height with the higher handle bars, probably easier on your lower back that way. make an offer I always say? the worst he can say is no.
I've been looking for a road bike, that's a decent price. Not the right time for me to add another bike though.

Monkey biz I'd stick with a rigid mountain bike for what you explained, roads, gravel roads, and trails all doable easily. Even a suspension fork is ok, just adds cost.

If you go with a road bike, or cyclocross bike you'll comprimise on the ability to take it on gravel roads and trails (more so with the road bike the cross bike would work but would be a little trickier compared to a mountain bike)
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Seems big, but then again I prefer a slightly smaller frame. I am 5-10/11 with a 32" inseam and the trek 16.5"-17.5" bikes fit me great.
We are damn near the same size, only I don't need the extra crotch room you do. But this does help me with sizing.
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Here is what I have been riding lately. It's like being a kid again. No gears or hand brakes to mess with. Long skids with the coaster brake. No one tries to steal it! lol.. 20 dollars at a garage sale. And it came with a unicycle.. I dunno.
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I love my FSR. I gave $150 for this thing used many years ago, it is still worth more then that I think.



My old bike is the motive on the right... it was a ok bike, but once I rode the Specialized I never wanted to go back.
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