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Last Christmas my friend bought bikes for the whole family and... well... he was the only one who took it seriously. He just finished a 350km ride where he saw the light after suffering on a Walmart Special, junked the bike at his destination and has declared that he wants to get a "serious bike". I guess the poor Dunlop Mtb was thrashed.

I will be his consultant as he shops for a new bike, so I was just wondering what you'd all suggest.

He is:

Age: 46
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 190-210
(This adventure may have saved his life)
Has two teenage kids (not going to tap the college savings)

He will be doing mainly road riding with some occasional light touring. Lots of day trips and hills. On paved, rough and dirty roads.

Budget is probably around 2k

I think he wants a road bike, but maybe a XC bike.

I was going to suggest a steel all rounder like a La Cruz, Cross Check, Double Cross or Long Haul Trucker... something a little more relaxed with maybe a compact crank or a triple... I was hoping I could use this brain trust to generate some ideas.

What do y'all think.

Thanks!

Djs
 

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I think they are made nearby. Maybe a deal or two. That might be a good idea. I am a little concerned with him stressing aluminum. I think that might be worth a try though.
 

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The Roubaix would be a nice ride. At his weight, make sure you get 32h wheels (which the entry level Roubaix comes with). A low spoke wheel won't last very long. As far as stressing aluminum, he would really need to abuse the bike for it to fail.
 

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yeah at 190 you don't want to do everyday riding on those stock wheels. save 'em for the big day and train on a $300 pair of nice 32h's

$2k is more than plenty... consider a touring-ish bike?
 

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Thanks for trying guys!

(hanging my head in shame)

I got a call from the guy yesterday and he was proud as punch to tell me he had just gotten a killer deal on a ...er... Giant Hybrid "lifestyle" bike for $600.

I guess he wasn't ready for a road bike.

Thanks for the suggestions. When that one wears out... I know where to send him.

He hopes to use this new bike on a 600km cross country ride with over 100km of mountain passes as high as 3000 meters.

Thanks again ... huh!
 

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Dajianshan said:
(hanging my head in shame)

I got a call from the guy yesterday and he was proud as punch to tell me he had just gotten a killer deal on a ...er... Giant Hybrid "lifestyle" bike for $600.
WTF is a 'lifestyle' bike? :confused:

The only time you ever hear the word 'lifestyle' anymore is from conservative Christians bagging on gay folks. As in, "It's not genetic, it's a lifestyle!!!" :rolleyes:

Edit- Oh gawd, it's so much worse than that... I looked it up: :shocked:

Lifestyle bike: The newest family in the bicycle kingdom is the lifestyle category of bikes. Lifestyle bikes encompass several different types of bikes, but they all share one thing: attitude.

The old beach cruiser, for instance, has gone retro, with bright colors and swooping handlebars. "These are bikes for a certain lifestyle," says Sanborn. "It's an image. It's for rolling over to the Starbucks and getting a coffee."

Also included in the lifestyle category are comfort bikes, which have as many as 21 gears but come equipped with a wide seat and a wide tire like that found on a mountain bike.

Some high-end lifestyle bikes are also sporting a new feature: a three-speed gearing system that shifts automatically. Also in the technology department, one American bike company, Electra, has developed bikes with "flat-footed technology" that allows riders to put their feet flat on the ground at a stoplight -- without getting off the seat.

"This is great for people who've had knee operations," says Breed. "At intersections they don't want to stand up on their tiptoes. They want their feet securely on the ground."

Yet it's the splashy colors and the comfortable, squishy ride that are drawing customers. "We have young kids that come in and want to look crazy on these wild-colored bikes, and then we have people who are grandparents who come in, and they want that bike because it's like the one they had when they were kids," says Sanborn.

Price range: $199 to $700

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The Long Haul Trucker is a good all purpose bike.
The smaller sizes are designed for 26" mountain bike wheels, so better standover and more versatility with comfortable tire choices to handle his 200 pounds.

It can also handle dirt fireroads, trails and tow paths with ease.

It's really an affordable version of the Rivendell Atlantis.
 

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Dudes, 190 is not wheel-crushingly big.

at my biggest, at 260+, I rarely trashed wheels, and when I did, it was because I did something stupid, not because I crushed it with my bulk.

Any 32 spoke 700c wheel will do just fine. Most superlight paired spoke monstrosities will do fine, too.
 

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My best friend is a short, old, fat guy. However, he is a ranked UMCA cyclist and rides a Bacchetta recumbent.
 

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Yeah.. this is a hybrid bike with 26" wheels and a 9spd triple. It weighs in at 22lbs.
Not ideal for touring as the hand position, body position and wheel size, don't make for comfort over long distance.

I think the guy doesn't understand and felt he didn't need to do any research.

Too bad.
 
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