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    Best bike for on and offroad? (updated)

    I want to get a mountain bike that is around 500$ that will work on the trail and off. I live in the East TN area and would like to ride Cades Cove and off-road trails. I researched bikes about 2 years ago then ran out of money (didn't buy one) and have forgotten a lot of the information I gathered then. If its a bike that can change wheels easy, I can buy the on-road wheels later on. I am 6'2" and have 31 inch legs. I forgot how to determine good bike size too.

    I had almost bought a Hero(?) that was on sale for $500 but it was the first time I saw that name when I was researching, so I never bought it (Harpers Bike Shop I think, Kingston Pike at northshore, Knoxville TN). It listed at $800 at the bike shop. If you know a good bike shop here please let me know as well.

    Some Craigslist bikes I have found:

    http://knoxville.craigslist.org/bik/1499423491.html 20 inch Trek

    http://knoxville.craigslist.org/bik/1501175978.html Haro (edit: to small, its "medium" from what the owner said, though now I have done research it seems a 17 - 18 "medium" may be my size...)

    http://knoxville.craigslist.org/bik/1493427295.html Never heard of this one...

    http://knoxville.craigslist.org/bik/1498825798.html 18 inch Trek

    Here is one that may be good, with the exception he changed it to an 8 speed?

    http://knoxville.craigslist.org/bik/1490873329.html
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    you are more like a 20"/large
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    Quote Originally Posted by XaeroT
    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...ne_600HT07.htm

    looks like he is trying to make some money.
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    easy....best bike for on and off road is a cyclocross bike.....that's exactly what they're designed for

    http://knoxville.craigslist.org/bik/1490340809.html - $450

    http://knoxville.craigslist.org/bik/1498203137.html - $850

    not sure if it's the right size though....
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    At 6'2" with a 31" inseam, it might be tricky getting a perfect fit. If I were you, I would get fitted by a shop. You could look for bikes that tend to be a little long in the TT, like Gary Fisher, or look for a frame with a sloping top tube so you get the proper reach without compromising on standover too much.

    Between the two, I'd be more comfortable with proper reach than anything else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XaeroT
    ..I am 6'2" and have 31 inch legs....
    i think you might be measuring wrong....

    stand barefoot in your undies against a wall....take a clipboard (or thin hardbound book) and jam it up into your crotch and against the wall until you can jam no more (pushing against your pelvic bone...not your berries...)

    mark and measure.....this is your inseam for bike fit.....

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    I think I will just buy a new Haro at a LBS. I have a general idea of the parts to look for now. Also this is a good time to buy 2009 models since its the end of the year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHUM
    i think you might be measuring wrong....

    stand barefoot in your undies against a wall....take a clipboard (or thin hardbound book) and jam it up into your crotch and against the wall until you can jam no more (pushing against your pelvic bone...not your berries...)

    mark and measure.....this is your inseam for bike fit.....

    32 inches if I did it right with your method.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XaeroT
    32 inches if I did it right with your method.

    cool....and just guessing here but i'd bet you're right around the L/XL frame size...or 19"-21" depending on ETT (effective top tube length)....

    purty sure you are no where near a Medium (18")....

    just go with the one that 'feels' best...good luck!
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    19 - 21 , FWIW my bike inseam is 33.5 and I ride 21 - 23 .

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    With some practice you should be able to change out the tires on the same set of rims in under 15 minutes. Then your mountain bike will be smooth rolling and quicker on pavement. not road bike fast but great for commuting around town.

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