So I'm homeless! I have about 260$ to spend on a bike that will last me until I can get a job, work for a couple weeks, and get un-homeless.
I live in michigan. It's snowing. Fuck. I'm 5'9" not very tall for a guy, so I probably am gonna go with a girl bike.
What does /n/ suggest for something that can carry my 270lb ass to and from work every day?
Oh and what are some general bike upkeep tips? What tools am I gonna need? Should I get insurance on it?
Good luck m8, I remember some board (/diy/ or /adv/ maybe?) once had a very interesting homelessness thread. I remember the advice of trying to clean yourself up if you're working, and try to have some weapons for protection. Hammers and knives work well. If you have Internet then look up some self-defense against unarmed and lightly armed attackers. Also consider garbage bags taped together for a dry case to sleep in, or cut some holes in one and it's a poncho.
I don't know how religious you are, but checking out your local church can help you a lot.
Don't be a deadbeat and take handouts. Ask for work no matter how small. They will see this and be more helpful for you.
Also, go to college campuses. A lot of bikes get left every year and they security there has to cut the lock and donate them.
That will be some tough going in the winter
I hope you find a safe place to stay
You may be able to trade some labor for a bike at a bicycle co-op, like:
5'9" is about an inch below the height of the average american male and three inches above the height of the average american woman. considering serious female cyclists often go with male bikes (negating the need for sizes on the upper end of the women's range), there's no reason for you to get a women's bike. you'd just need a medium or small frame or like a 54/55.
Well you could buy a bolt cutter a tenth of that price.
Or alternatively you could be a decent human being and just find some shanty mansion with 30 druggie roommates for $75 a month until you get back on your feet.
If you aren't on smack it really isn't that hard to find shelter in the age of Craigslist.
Hell, I have my own private room for $150 a month and it's actually a fairly nice place. It's sort of an office kind of situation, but there's a kitchen and a shower and wifi and all that neat stuff.
There's no excuse to be homeless other than a crippling drug addiction taking away all your expenses. Or kids. Or you just don't understand frugal living in the first place.
If I thought I were gonna be homeless for a long time, though, I'd buy a one way ticket to Hawaii. Sure you'll get treated like haole scum, but homeless people are stigmatized everywhere. And it's worth it to save your fingers and toes.