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    I'm after a cheap bike (big frame) - any ideas?

    Morning all,

    I'm on the lookout for a cheap (under £100) bike for myself. I'm about 6ft 5" so I obviously need a rather large frame.

    Can anyone recommend a budget bike for me? Right now I have my eye on the "Freespirit Tracker" (aka no brander) in Cycles UK that's £89.99 if I recall. This bike's been discontinued now but is still in stock at a shop near me.

    I'm open to ideas but do have a tight budget. I'll probably only be using the bike at weekends or for a couple of trips during the week to the shop / postbox.

    Thanks!

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    Do not buy a cheap full-suspension bike under any circumstances - they are generally very cheaply made and heavy and are designed to suit a wide range of rider sizes (ie they will be far too small for you!). Never even heard of a 24" frame in mountain bikes (that is simply massive!!).

    Evans have a 22" basic hardtail mountain bike for £110 here: evanscycles.com/pro…324

    Its very cheap and cheerful so don't expect loads but should be about the right size and get you from a to b comfortably...

    :giggle: They are 24" wheels, not 24" frames. 24" wheel bikes are for big kids and young teenagers etc (normal wheel size is 26" on a mountain bike...)

    jah128;1848140

    :giggle: They are 24" wheels, not 24" frames. 24" wheel bikes are for … :giggle: They are 24" wheels, not 24" frames. 24" wheel bikes are for young teenagers etc (normal wheel size is 26" on a mountain bike...)



    http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/167512/images/smilies/giggle.gifWell spotted ! silly snowtiger :roll:

    :lol: It would be okay if TGB wasn't a giant!! :-D

    i bought one form halfords less than a year ago and its falling to bits,took it back to get fixed and as i was riding home the same problem happend(crank),i thought halfords after sales service was terrible,was told they dont fix bikes around xmas lol.i had to laugh at that!in the end i couldnt be botherd to take it back and get the same bad service!!bike was a shockwave-there own brand i later found out lol

    Cranks are usually the first thing to go in my experience on cheap bikes - they use a soft steel bottom bracket axle (the square tapered axle that goes through the frame) which rounds itself and the crank off very easily if you apply high force...

    Unfortunately bikes under £150 or so tend to be just a bit too cheap for their own good - you do get what you pay for with bikes. It might be worth looking for a decent second hand bike...

    Original Poster

    snowtiger;1848147

    Well spotted ! silly snowtiger :roll:



    Oops! :-D

    Thanks for the suggestions, I'll take a browse over the links in my lunchbreak.

    So I assume 22"+ frames will be ok for me?

    It's been a good few years since I owned a Bike (I won one in the Beano - it was the best thing ever, but as you can guess that was some time ago!) and am pretty clueless about the things.

    Halfords were basically telling me that because I'm tall I shouldn't spend any less than £250 on a (their) bike. I'm sure that £250+ bikes are 250x better than cheap ones but I really can't go for that right now... too much of a luxury when cheaper bikes exist (and my work sees me behind a wheel for much of my journey-time). And Halfords seemed way to pressuring for my liking, so I'll probably avoid them anyway unless a really great deal comes up.

    :thumbsup:

    pauls cycle shop is oly 5 min from me.thats where i should of gone lol!!

    Original Poster

    Hey guys thanks for all the help. Could someone confirm the kinda size bike I should be looking for? I see some stores display wheel size, others frame size. (bike n00b alert)

    Also someone linked me to this cheapo £50 bike on Toys-r-us (half price): toysrus.co.uk/Pro…549

    I'm sure it's not the most desirable bike on earth but as I'll only be using it for a bit of exercise in the park, an odd trip to town or the shops, etc. will it do the job? My main concern is the size. 26" wheels - will I look like a regular guy riding a bike or will I look like:

    http://mascot.crystalxp.net/png/th_3520.jpg



    Cheers!

    jah128;1848140

    :giggle: They are 24" wheels, not 24" frames. 24" wheel bikes are for … :giggle: They are 24" wheels, not 24" frames. 24" wheel bikes are for big kids and young teenagers etc (normal wheel size is 26" on a mountain bike...)



    I run 24" on my full suss as they are alot lighter so not just for big kids/teenagers lol. Please don't go for a cheapo full suss they suck and as jah has said the components will not last. I find front and rear mech the worst offenders of cheap bikes.

    You don't have to go for a huge frame as a longer seat post would be better. Any frame from 14" up + a decent seatpost should be fine.

    You don't have to go for a huge frame as a longer seat post would be … You don't have to go for a huge frame as a longer seat post would be better. Any frame from 14" up + a decent seatpost should be fine.

    Have to disagree a bit there - the frame size also determines the reach of the bike (how far the handlebars are from the saddle). I'm not very tall and I can comfortably ride a 14" - 18" frame bike, but TGB is 6'5" its more than likely he has long arms and a long back - get a small frame and the riding position will be very uncomfortable, especially over a long distance. He would probably need not only an extra long seatpost but also a long, tall stem - and long stems ruin the steering and feel of a bike...

    The £50 toys-r-us bike is by all means very cheap but seriously - if it suits a 12 year old - its going to be very small on a 6'5" rider!!!
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