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Bicycle on Ebay for myself. It has to support 300 lbs.(9 posts)

Bicycle on Ebay for myself. It has to support 300 lbs.cyclingforhealth
Aug 22, 2003 3:25 AM
I am thinking about placing a bid on this bicycle on Ebay. What is a fair maximum bid for it? Will it also support my weight? http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3622712814&category=42313
re: Bicycle on Ebay for myself. It has to support 300 lbs.jtolleson
Aug 22, 2003 5:30 AM
It should support your weight with no problem. I wouldn't go higher than about $160 because you need to remember you'll be paying probably about $40 to ship if it is professionally packed, and for $200 there are lots of good options in the used mtb and hybrid market.

Are you in a smaller community so that you need to use eBay? Hybrids and MTBs are usually pretty easy to find locally at used prices.

Good luck.
I wonder about the suspension forkContinental
Aug 22, 2003 5:42 AM
I'd choose a hybrid without a suspension fork. A suspension fork makes a bike handle much worse on relatively smooth roads. An inexpensive suspension fork and a 300 pounder might not be a good combination. I picked up a very nice used Trek hybrid for my son for $125 locally no shipping. You can get a pretty decent hybrid for about $300 new, and the rule of thumb is that used bike in real good condition is half the price of new.
re: Bicycle on Ebay for myself. It has to support 300 lbs.spankdoggie
Aug 22, 2003 6:39 AM
Damn.
re: Bicycle on Ebay for myself. It has to support 300 lbs.aliensporebomb
Aug 22, 2003 7:03 AM
You might also consider talking to a local bike shop to
see what your best options are...
How tall are you?KG 361
Aug 22, 2003 7:13 AM
17" isn't a real big frame. If you are taller than 5'6" or so, it is probably too small. If you are riding the bike primarily on roads and paths, I'd ditch the suspension fork, too. Too much wasted energy bouncing that fork up and down. Chech out your local bike shops-you should be able to get something new or used for maybe just a tad bit more plus you would know that it fit you correctly.
re: Bicycle on Ebay for myself. It has to support 300 lbs.ctisevn
Aug 22, 2003 7:19 AM
the bike would probably work for you but theres a couple things. one, thats appears to be a fairly small frame. it didnt seem to list the size that I saw but Id guess it to be @ a 15" frame. perhaps too small unless you are under 5'8". also, the fork, besides having less than 2" of travel is probably also equipped with an elastomer designed for less weight as most seem to come stock with the lightest elastomer available.
if it were me, Id look for a used GT from 99 to 2001 like an outpost trail or perhaps one of their hybrids, something with a steel frame and fork(non suspension). whatever you get, make sure its the right size though.
welcome to the start of getting healthy.MXL02
Aug 22, 2003 7:50 AM
I too started cycling to get healthy and lose weight 2 years ago...now 40lbs and about 5 bikes later, I am an addict. My suggestion would be to get your first bike from a reputable local bike shop (LBS). At your weight you may have problems with wheels breaking etc, and you will need to get service from the place you bought the bike. The money you save on Ebay will probably be spent the first year on maintenance, and usually LBS's will provide simple adjustments for a bike for the first year free of charge.

Good luck.
Good suggestion (nm)geeker
Aug 22, 2003 8:43 AM