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    Entry-level bike for tubby?

    I'm 230 pounds, 5'10" and looking for a bike to get around town.

    Budget is my limiting factor, I'm looking to spend around $300 on the bike its self (minus accessories).

    Any suggestions?

    I was looking at a Schwinn Ditch 1.0 from Costco under the assumption that if my fat butt breaks it I can just get it replaced pretty easy.

    I don't need anything fancy, I don't do any off-road riding. Just something to ride around town (city streets only).

    Thanks for any assistance!

    Edit: I say entry-level because I haven't ridden a bike since I was a child, I don't know if I will be a mild, moderate, or heavy rider. I may end up just putting it in storage and forgetting about it. If I do find myself riding often I will invest more in a bike which may be better suited to me.

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    If you're looking for something to get around town on for around $300, I'd look at a hybrid

    This one is right at your budget:

    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...cane_elite.htm

    At 5'10", the 19" frame model would probably fit you right.

    This looks like a great bike for your purposes for an excellent price:

    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/.../stratford.htm

    You may need to go over this bike or have it looked at by someone that knows bikes to make sure it's put together OK.

    Here are some others that look decent for not much over $300:

    http://bikesdirect.com/products/moto...litefs_IX2.htm

    Here are some that may be available at you local bike shops:

    http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-US/...le/2304/32215/

    http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-US/...le/2303/32211/

    http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...h/hybrid/7000/

    http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...r/navigator10/

    I have two mountain bikes, a road bike and a hybrid. If I were looking for an around town bike, hybrids would be my choice. Faster and more comfortable than a mountain bike and strudier and more utilitarian than a pure road bike. Personally, I think you'll have to shop very carefully or add at least $100 bucks to your budget to get something worthwhile. JMHO. 700c wheeled bikes will roll faster than 26" wheeled bikes, so if you're not going off-road or on miles of any dirt paths, I'd go for a bike with 700c wheels.

    If you get a Costco bike, I'd have it gone over professionally for safety reasons.

    Don't worry about weighing 230lbs. That's kinda boney in the clyde world ;~). Seriously though, I wouldn't worry about it.

    JMHO and I'm not affiliated with any of these companies.

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    Thank you that is all very helpful!

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    Personally I would search craigslist for a high quality used bike.

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