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Is anyone? I want to get back into bikes again. Been awhile and when I was it was more BMX style. Problem is I don't know jack about them. Start me out with some good sites to read up on.

As far as a bike, nothing to crazy in price, need a decent bike, big enough for me 6'5", and pretty good for a beginner. I don't plan to be out jumping up rocks with it, just running through trails.

And I need a bike rack. Is there any that will fit with a 35" spare tire? How about a 32" Rubicon tire/wheel on the spare?
 

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I just bought a new bike for myself today at Target for 150 bucks. I need to get in shape too, nothing to wild for me either so I went for something comfortable.
Here is the link Schwinn Men's Bicycle. The ad says 21 speed, it is actually 18 speed.

The colors are a great match for my JK!



I have the Mopar spare tire mounted bike rack that works with the stock 32 x 10 Goodyear tire mounted.
 

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One of my other passions...I build them up from frames on sale, and top of the line parts that are yesterday's top dogs...this one weighs in at 21.2 lbs...all Shimano gruppo...

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I ride a Iron Horse Yakuza hard tail with Maxxis Holy Roller tires.
Like you I grew up on BMX and I am hard on bikes. That and being 6" 1" 220 does not get along with a good chunk of the bikes on the market :laughing:

The Yakuza has a large upper tube and is triangulated nice so its quite ridged, that and it will take some effort to kill it. That and the frame is layed out more "BMX" style and allows me to have leg room.
I can't ride full suspension bikes as a commuter/beater but the front shock is a nice touch. I ride ALL weather so disk brakes make wet stops a lot safer for me.

The Maxxis tires are a nice hybred of dirt/road. They can handle the hardpack and other off-road stuff I run into and roll very well on road where 80% of my riding is.

My bike looks like this but blue.
 

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One of my other passions...I build them up from frames on sale, and top of the line parts that are yesterday's top dogs...this one weighs in at 21.2 lbs...all Shimano gruppo...

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Wore out chains and dry rotted tires, your a real perfectionist, top of the line wal-mart junk. I can see you riding that thing old man.
 

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Wore out chains and dry rotted tires, your a real perfectionist, top of the line wal-mart junk. I can see you riding that thing old man.
I see old habits die hard...you got banned from the other place for trolling...working on it again are ya'; it shows how little, if nothing, you know about bikes, old teenager (41 years old are ya') hence your well informed response...find anything on my bikes at any Walmart, and I'll kiss your a$$ in the County Square...now go back to your couch and eat a bag of potatoes (chips) son.:shaking:
 

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I see old habits die hard...you got banned from the other place for trolling...working on it again are ya'; it shows how little, if nothing, you know about bikes, old teenager (41 years old are ya') hence your well informed response...find anything on my bikes at any Walmart, and I'll kiss your a$$ in the County Square...now go back to your couch and eat a bag of potatoes (chips) son.:shaking:

I can see you have a hard time with my humor, seen you like to make fun of other people, obviously you don't take it very well though, I'll leave you alone.

Have a good day.

Paul.
 

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I have absolutely no issues with humor...I will be the first to admit that self deprecating humor, as well as just sophomoric BS can go a long way in the morale department...assuming one shows a pattern of wry, dry whit with no ill will intended...to date, your responses to any of my posts are less then flattering, and more so condescending and negative...show me the "just ribbing you 'old man'..." type of post, and I will espond in kind...until then, I feel you have trolled more then once my posts with the express intent of creating some sort of negative spin...comprende?
 

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so anyways....


I have been riding when I can, usually every other day. I will have a lot more time once I drop my PreCal class Monday.... :bawling:

But I can tell a difference already in my shape. I ride around my apartment complex that is a loop. Well we live at the highest point on the loop so no matter which way you go you have to go up a decent hill. The first few times I couldn’t make it and the other day I finally did. My legs were on fire after but I still made it! Cant wait to hit the dirt trails!
 

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Nice bike. I bought a Trek 4900 about 5 or 6 years ago and have a lot of fun with it on the trails. Before you get out on the trails, get yourself a tube patch kit, spare tube (in case a hole can't be patched), a pump that clips on the frame, and one of those little multi wrenches. Carry that stuff in one of those bags that clips under the rear part of your seat. You don't want to get a flat out in the middle of nowhere. Don't ask me how I know...
 

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Yeah I am starting the gear list because soon we will ride far enough to where walking will suck big time... I am going to get a Camelbak backpack (holds water and 30 CU IN of storage. I plan to pick up:

Multi tool
2 tubes (1 for each bike)
Patch hit
Tire Levers
CO2 pump and cartridges
Small first aid kit

I already use the little saddle bad (pouch under the seat) to hold cell phones, wallets, and keys and it has room for a power bar or 2.
 

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i see alot of low budget bikes

never a good thing when riding!

I do however ride a specialized hardrock, with nothing stock about it anymore
latest pic i have, it has new raceface DH cranks and a few other things on it now
also i downhill a Kona Stinky that im working on building up as well.

dont buy cheap bikes, they suck
 

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define "cheap" bike? I have had some FS folks tell me my Trek 4500 is a cheap bike but I just don't have the money, nor skill level to get a FS bike.
 

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define "cheap" bike? I have had some FS folks tell me my Trek 4500 is a cheap bike but I just don't have the money, nor skill level to get a FS bike.

Sounds to me like a "stuck up" comment...your 4500 is a fine bike...unless you are sponsored by a manufacturer, who needs to spend 4 figures on a bike...as in boating, any boat (or bike) is better then no boat (or bike) at all.;)
 
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