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Zombie
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 8:39 am Reply with quote Back to top

I moved to Tucson in July, but I am just now getting settled. I am a bigger guy, 6'1'' and 300lbs, and my doctor told me that if I don't start exercise more I will have a life of health problems. So I decided I wanted to get back into biking. When I was in middle and high school I rode BMX dirt jumps, so that kept me in shape. But in 2006 I was in a car wreck, and screwed my lower back and knees up. But the exercise will do me good. Only problem is I don't have a bike, and don't really know what kind of bike I need. I can't really afford more then $250, and I don't really know of any bikes that I could ride comfortably in that range.
 
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Will-LeeWonka
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 9:36 am Reply with quote Back to top

Hey Zombie,

Deciding to make a change is always the first step, right?


Hmmm...I guess my first suggestion would be to go to several bike shops and test ride as many bikes as you can. From doing this, you will gleen a ton of information from the salespeople about the different types of bikes, components (and their relative price ranges), and it will give you a sense of what is comfortable and what isn't. And although you may not be able to find anything in your price range at the bike shops, it will arm you with knowledge that you can use when looking at used bikes (sizes, components, etc).

Also, make sure to budget in other gear like a helmet, some riding shorts (makes a big difference in comfort), pump and maybe some gloves, a spare tube/patch kit and anything else that seems like you might want/need.

Good luck!!
 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 10:43 am Reply with quote Back to top

Hey Zombie, when I got back into biking I went down to sports authority, bought me a diamondback outlook on clearance for $140 and rode it for a couple years until I was ready for more challenges and was able to buy a new bike. I lost like 40lbs on that diamondback and had a blast with it.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 11:22 am Reply with quote Back to top

Also, if you plan on using your bike for commuting, Pima County DOT offers a ton of free classes about safe riding. Commuting drops weight decently fast.

Check out:
http://bikeped.pima.gov/allsafetyclasses.html

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Zombie
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 8:53 am Reply with quote Back to top

I may start commuting on bike, but I am currently looking for another job. I currently work a mile from where I live, but I can't stand this company, so I am looking again.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 10:17 am Reply with quote Back to top

Zombie wrote:
my doctor told me that if I don't start exercise more I will have a life of health problems. So I decided I wanted to get back into biking.


Great choice Zombie. Riding is one of the best ways to get mentaly and psychically healthier. Ones youre set on the type of bike you want. Craigslist would also be a good place to hunt for a bike and budget match.

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Zombie
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 11:53 am Reply with quote Back to top

I actually just found a 2011 Diamondback Outlook, checking it out tonight.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 12:44 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Cool

Keep in mind that bikes aren't one size fits all. Bikes are sized and all sizes aren't equal. Think of it like shoes. 2 pairs of shoes might have the same size listed, but fit completely different. And not all bikes are made the same or are made for the same use...just like shoes...some shoes are made for running...others for hiking...and some just around the house Wink. And what's the best way to make sure you get the best fitting pair of shoes...go try on all kinds so you can get a good comparison.

If you've already gone and tried a bunch of bikes to know what fits right for you, then you're way ahead of the game.

Just from an estimate of your height, here's another one you might want to check out...

http://tucson.craigslist.org/bik/2702145363.html


Good luck and keep us posted.
 
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Zombie
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 2:35 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Thanks, I know that bikes fit people differently, but for the price of this one I can't really pass it up. Im going to test ride it, but if it doesn't feel good I will pass on it.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 10:01 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Z if you want to head out sometime let me know. I am another big dude so I am always down for a cruise.

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