I Am Very Tall and Want a Bike
May 2, 2014 6:17 PM Subscribe
I'm 6' 8'' tall and want a bike mostly for riding around the city or longer bike path/road trips. What bike should I buy?
I'm 6'8'' or so (2.03 meters plus or minus) and have a 34-36 inch inseam. I will most likely weigh between 200 and 250 pounds over the course of this new bike's lifetime.
I'm looking to buy a bike, and I live in Chicago. I have previously lived in more rural, hilly, dirt road-y kinds of areas, and have always ridden a mountain bike. My Giant Yukon was stolen last fall. I don't remember how big it was (I imagine the largest frame they sold), and it was stock, with disc brakes. I mostly plan on riding for pleasure, probably trips of 20-25 miles or less for the most part, mostly on bike paths, but occasionally on streets. Riding on the road may become more common depending on where in the city I move and work as time goes on. I also plan on camping (mainly car camping) and will bring my bike on those trips.
I went to the Rapid Transit location near UIC, and the employee recommended a few different bikes for me to check out, including various Surly models (Long Haul Trucker/Disc Trucker, Cross-Check, and Straggler) with their 64cm frames, and the All-City Macho Man/Macho Man Disc, with the advice that their 61cm frames are measured in some weird way that makes them equally suitable for my size.
So my questions are:
1. I would rather spend $1,000 or less, not $1,700. That said, if it will really be worth it, I could probably swing it after a little more saving up. Is it worth it?
2. Any other recommendations?