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Old March 19th, 2012, 07:00 PM   #21
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snatch that up, specialized hard rocks are nice bikes and for $50 bucks even if you need a good tune up a a few parts its worth it.
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Old March 19th, 2012, 07:05 PM   #22
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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.
"how does he sit down with balls that big!!!!"


anything in the 16-19 range will probably work pretty well for you as far as sizing
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Old March 19th, 2012, 07:14 PM   #23
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I just helped a buddy find a triathlon bike. we found a very nice 10 year old one that had about 30 minutes ride time(guy bought it without trying it). it was $1200 new 10 years ago. he got it for under $400. still had the nipples on the tires.
I'm thinking you may want to hunt old stock? the shop I worked in years ago was up front with its models. if it was NOS it was marked as such. you may check around for a NOS bikes near where you are just to avoid some of the more unscrupulous sellers.
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Old March 19th, 2012, 07:57 PM   #24
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You can find good bikes on Craigslist or mamba.org as was suggested. Most bikes now a days are measured weird due to the compact and/or sloping top tubes. Also some manufacturers will call one size this and the next will call it something different. In my opinion frame size isnt as important today as it was back in the day since there are so many options when it comes to seat posts and stems. So as long as youre in the ball park you can make any frame fit. Don't go to the extreme and get a 60cm road bike or a large framed mountain bike. You're about my size so I'd suggest either a 17" or 18" mountain frame and a 54 cm road frame. Then set the seat post as high as you can go with out your hips rocking and you should be fine. A good starting point is to measure you're inseam, and multiply by 109% and set the seat so that with the cranks in line with the seat tube the distance to the top of the seat to the top of the pedals is that distance.

For me I just built up a Specialized S-Works Tarmac full carbon frame with full SRAM Force components. And man she rips. I also ride an old spec rock hopper that does the job.

When looking used look for Trek, Cannondale, Specialized, Gary Fischer and you should be fine. Their cheap bikes are still really good frames with good enough components for what you will be using it for.

This is my baby after I got done, different stem (loaner to get it set up) and seat is a lot higher to fit now. Will be adding look keo carbon blade pedals when they come in.

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Old March 19th, 2012, 08:06 PM   #25
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snatch that up, specialized hard rocks are nice bikes and for $50 bucks even if you need a good tune up a a few parts its worth it.
Yup. For what you want it for the Hardrock will get you around, for real cheap like.
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Old March 19th, 2012, 09:07 PM   #26
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Not to hijack,but thanks for the info. I am also looking for something. Dirt roads probably to start maybe some trails later. Seems like there is a ton of treks/specialized/cannondales out there,but I am not sure what I am looking at.
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snatch that up, specialized hard rocks are nice bikes and for $50 bucks even if you need a good tune up a a few parts its worth it.
I'm meeting the guy Wednesday to check it out.
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Old March 19th, 2012, 09:53 PM   #28
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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.

not that it matters, but it was Pacific that bought them and GT, and were then bought by Dorel or something a few years later
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Just get an inexpensive bike, after a week you'll quit riding it anyway.
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Old March 19th, 2012, 10:15 PM   #30
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not that it matters, but it was Pacific that bought them and GT, and were then bought by Dorel or something a few years later
Shit, that's what I get for trusting my memory. Still Chinese crap.
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Old March 19th, 2012, 10:29 PM   #31
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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.

I would steal that bitch, I used to rock Schwinn's. As a plus, I rode a Unicycle for years and years. Is it a Schwinn also? Does it have a 20 or 24 inch tire? How's the saddle? I still have one that is 6 foot tall, I used to deliver my newspaper route when I was a kid on it every day.
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Old March 19th, 2012, 10:58 PM   #32
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I bought a Scott mtb a few years back and love it! Inexpensive with quality parts and hydraulic disc brakes. Can't remember exact, but I think it was less than $400 brand new.
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Old March 20th, 2012, 06:40 AM   #33
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GT is making a comeback, the GT Distortion is one badass bike.

also for those of you shopping that don't know what you are looking at or for check out bikepedia, it's like the wikipedia for bikes it will give you a run down of the components that were on the bike stock, typically the original msrp, etc.

Another thing to keep in mind on some of these bikes, fork, shock and suspension design technology has come a LONG way in the last 5-10 years. Just because a specialized FSR from 2000 was a $3500 bike new in 2000 does not make it a $500 bike today when you can get an even nicer newer full suspension for a few hundred more that is worlds better.

I'm not saying you have to have a $1500 bike to be cool, just saying that bikes have always been expensive, and a newer $500 bike may be better than a 10 year old bike that was $3000 when it was new.

Example, I ride this, it's $1800 ish new.



and this....had an MSRP of $3200


One rides a lot better than the other, was cheaper, and people still probably want $800 for the Y bike.....when you could get a brand new bike for $800 that would be worlds nicer than that old over priced bike.

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Old March 20th, 2012, 06:41 AM   #34
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Look on craigslist and get an older Giant. $100.00 and a $40.00 tune up at the bike shop is what i was out. Rode flawless all last year. Even survived when the bike rack welds broke on the back of the camper and was dragging down west bound I-196 near market street last Labor Day.
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GT is making a comeback, the GT Distortion is one badass bike.

also for those of you shopping that don't know what you are looking at or for check out bikepedia, it's like the wikipedia for bikes it will give you a run down of the components that were on the bike stock, typically the original msrp, etc.

Another thing to keep in mind on some of these bikes, fork, shock and suspension design technology has come a LONG way in the last 5-10 years. Just because a specialized FSR from 2000 was a $3500 bike new in 2000 does not make it a $500 bike today when you can get an even nicer newer full suspension for a few hundred more that is worlds better.

I'm not saying you have to have a $1500 bike to be cool, just saying that bikes have always been expensive, and a newer $500 bike may be better than a 10 year old bike that was $3000 when it was new.
Truth. My Ground Control was tagged $1200, got it for $500 new when the FSR came out. Last one on the floor. Salesman was grinning from ear to ear when I loaded it up. Probably overpaid.
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I'm kinda glad Nick brought this up. I was talking to Kerry about this this weekend.

Do any of you guys that ride bikes have lower back issues?

I've considered the idea, but I'm not sure how much my back would like the hunched over position.
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GT has come back strong. Their higher end stuff is top level bikes on par with treks and the like. If I'm not mistaken though GT, Schwinn, and Fuji are pretty much the same frame rebadged. Which is fine since they are nice frames. Kinda like how Gary Fischer and LeMond were rebadged treks.

I know the carbon frames on most road bikes pretty much all come out of the same few plants in China now. Even Bianchi has their frames built there, which is sad. But the quality is there so it works. Trek OCLV frames are one of the last few that are American made anymore.
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Any thoughts on Jamis bikes? I have been eyeing this one for a while now. I used to be really into bikes and would like to get back into them. This is a 29er but the top tube drops a little lower than most.
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I'm kinda glad Nick brought this up. I was talking to Kerry about this this weekend.

Do any of you guys that ride bikes have lower back issues?

I've considered the idea, but I'm not sure how much my back would like the hunched over position.
From one fatass to another, the riding position isn't all that bad if you lean forward a little. Takes the strain off the lower back. I am in terrible shape and can still do 20 miles on a quality bike. I also have one of those fat tire cruiser style bikes, single speed coaster brake, I can do about 5 miles before my back hurts due to the upright riding position.

Just don't set the bars so low that your belly fat hits your knees. Seriously.
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I have a bad lower back, what I find helps is riding the bike and strengthening the muscles in my back so I don't have to worry about it.
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