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  1. #1
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    Looking for a bike for Dad

    So I just got into biking this year and have really been enjoying it so far. Since Jan I have lost about 35lbs and am having tons of fun riding. My dad and I have always been overweight and having noticed my wieght change he has decided he wants to give biking a try. The only problem is he's 350lbs and want to stay on a $500 budget. He wants to buy used because thats what I did, but I don't know what to look for. I bought a Kona Scrap but he doesn't want a DJ bike and he's 6'4". I bought my bike because i rode bmx when i was younger and am ok with standing a lot, and I had a budget and knew DJ bikes were strong and would probably hold up to my weight.
    My dad is 55 years old and doesn't plan on doing any actual offroading, just using the bike to lose some weight riding on pavement and gravel roads. Anyone know what will hold up in the used segment that can be had in the $500 range.

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    At that price you could go with an electra or similar type... no matter what the key is finding one that he is comfortable on... if hes not he wont ride it
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    Just a quick disclaimer - I work for REI in Minnesota, and have had a number of customers in your father's shape come in for a bike that will work. There are a lot of bikes out there that should be just fine, but since this is a mtb forum, I suggest an entry level 29er. I just ordered my first mountain bike (a 29er) and while I'm older (by 10 years) and a bit lighter (by 60 lbs) than your dad, I still needed a bike that would stand up to the weight but also give me something to grow into. Most new 29ers at my store are going to start in the $600 range, but there are sales coming up. Do a search for some of the different online dealers, too - there are some lower priced options out there.

    Again, I'm not trying to be a shill - just sharing my experience.



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    Might try something like a Redline Monocog? (SS 29'er)
    Ride more!

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    Dawes Bullseye. It's a rigid fork single speed steel bike. Very comfortable and able to handle a lot of weight. Plus it's within his budget at $400. The only negative is that it's from bikesdirect which means he can't test ride it first

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    Ended up spending $699.00 on a Kona Mahuna at the lbs today came with a warranty and free tune ups for a two years. I'll let you guys know how it holds up

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