RE: Disabled Vet, out of condition and trying to buy a bike
I started biking back in 1985 and have been out of biking almost 20 years. I was fairly savvy on the equipment of the day. It's changed quite a bit. This is the question I put to BikesDirect: I need some help picking a bike. I began serious biking in 1984-85 and became very serious "touring bike" rider. I last owned a Trek and for various reasons I have not biked since that time. I always had problems with pinch-flats but MTB bikes of the time simply weren't made for distance riding. Now days I have put on weight 6'2" 255-270 lbs. From my reading I've decided a Hardtail 29er might best suit me. Something I can put a rather tight nob tubeless kevlar tire with a large footprint and 120TPI or higher. I thought only front fork suspension with my weight. Perhaps 30-spd with heavy duty derailleur and hvy duty crankset. The new very good hydraulic brakes seemed ideal. The area where I am ignorant is in frames . . . It seems AL remains the best choice (cost-effective) among materials but there are so many types or configurations with different types of buttressing joints --- Please help with what ya'll think are the top choices and if you agree with my choice of a "29er Hardtail" as well.
I was thinking of spending $500 - $700 but would go for $1000 if the ideal bike stood out. Also as a closing thought, I became attached to toe-clips and wonder what the current thought on their use is Their Answer:Are you going to be trail riding or pavement riding?
If you can have just one bike, make it a Motobecane Elite Sport/Trail/Adventure Dual Sport model...It's the perfect choice for the rider who wants a bike that’s fast on the road, capable of spirited off-road excursions, and ready for everything in between.
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/elite_adventure_x5.htm So, what do you think of this equipment choice and how does it compare to the bike I found on BikeShopWarehouse for $299.00? Please take a look and offer your advice and criticism.
Specifications: Main Frame: Aluminum alloy 6061 Fork: 700C Suspension fork, Suntour SF11-M3010AL Crank Set: Suntour CW9-XCC 28/38/48T Bottom Bracket: Suntour BB10-XCT, Sealed Cartridge Unit Pedals: MTB 9/16in Front Derailleurs: Shimano FD-TX51M6 Top pull Rear Derailleurs: Shimano Atlus RDM310DL Black Shifters: Shimano ST-EF51 21-SP Black (21 gears total) Free Wheel / Casssette: CHJ 13-32T 7 speed Chain: KMC Z-51 Front / Rear Hubs: Formula DC19/25 Aluminum Alloy Black with Quick Release Spokes: Stainless Steel Rims: 32H DA17 Double Wall, Aluminum Alloy, 700c Black anodized Tires: Kenda Kross Plus 700x42c Brake Set: CS V-Brakes Aluminum Alloy silver Brake Levers: Shimano ST-EF51 21-SP Black Handlebars: Flat Bar w/ 6 degree rise Tape / Grip: WTB Dual Comfort Density Stem: 1.125in Threadless Aluminum Saddle: WTB Speed V Sport SE Seat Post: 300mm, Black Seat Clamp: QR Aluminum Alloy Black Finish, 31.8mm Colors: Screamin' Yellow, Sterling Silver Sizes: SM(15.5in), MED(17.5in), LG(19in), XL(21in), XXL(23in)