I'm just a newbie here to..(choosing a bike)

Discussion in 'Spare Parts, Tools & Product Developement' started by RandyK, Apr 26, 2007.

  1. RandyK

    RandyK Guest

    Kind of get an idea on what goes best with what on these bikes.. because im trying to get one of these badboys since i seen bikeguy joes in action.. bikes r sweet! any suggestions?? im all ears!! thx

  2. azbill

    azbill Active Member

    decide how you will ride ie: do you want fast, comfortable, stylin' ?
    find a bike you like, and follow Joe's lead, it looks like he will be a big help to you

    enjoy, it only takes a 5 minute ride to make break out the ear-to-ear smile for me :lol: :lol: :lol:
  3. RandyK

    RandyK Guest

    Yea cool. Actually i want a lil bit of all fast,comfort.. ect but yea he will
  4. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    For Comfort-

    1. Curved handlebars
    2. Gel Saddle with shock absorber post
    3. 3-7 Speeds
  5. RandyK

    RandyK Guest

    3-7 Speeds?? I'm confused.
  6. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    The absolute easiest bike is a one-speed coaster brakes cruiser.

    But if you want hand brakes (yes) and variable speed for occasionally peddling (yes) then a 3 speed bike OR a 7 speed bike is good enough.

    Any higher than that and you have doubled the derailleur troubles, etc, and for the noticable difference vs. future maintainance/tweaking, 3 or 7 speeds is just as good as 10/14/18/21/24 speeds.

    This is especially true if the engine is going to operate over 95% of the time, like mine do, I never shift out of high speed (7th)

    Also in the COMFORT catagory, foam handlebar grips are a lot better for long distance than any rubber types. I hate that ribbed rubber feeling, unless I'm wearing gloves.
  7. JosephGarcia

    JosephGarcia Guest

    Choose the sturdiest frame, everything else can be changed. You will wanna buy new rims with 12-guage spokes (that means just buy the wheel with the thickest spokes you see) buy one of those wide seats with the spring suspension, it makes SO MUCH difference to your ride comfort.

    Front suspension is nice, too.

    I got a cheap Huffie mountain bike, changed everything that wasn't the frame. Only the wheels ever gave me trouble, but that was before I switched them.

    If you plan on being able to still pedal, then don't buy a cheapie bike. Their chain drives always break right away, or get out of line, or just fall off.

    for me, though. The bikes weight made no difference, it weighs over 100 lb on its own without rider and still gets me past 40 with no trouble, acceleration is awesome and powerful too.

    I'm just speaking from my own experience here.
  8. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    Keep in mind- front suspension precludes adding a basket, UNLESS you reinforce the two legs. Because those legs won't flex with the spring on the suspension, the weakest points are at the bottom where the extra axle holes are drilled.
  9. RandyK

    RandyK Guest

    oh ok thanks man
  10. Guest

    Guest Guest

    That means no BMX 20" bikes Randyman!
  11. Guest

    Guest Guest

    ....or does it?
  12. srdavo

    srdavo Active Member

    it could....my friction drive kit is on one. 23cc runs 20+ mph. :D