General Cycling Discussion - Best Bike For A Bigger Guy
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05-15-12, 06:51 PM
I have not been on a bike in almost 9 years, and I used to race BMX. I am currently 5'8" and I weigh 262lbs. with around 18 percent body fat. I have no clue which bike I should go after. Should I go back to BMX? I plan on doing mostly road or dirt riding, but no jumps or anything like I used to. Or should I get a Hybrid? Or a fixed gear? Or a bike with multiple gears?
Thank You For Your Time,
05-15-12, 07:38 PM
imho - get a used mid level mountain bike, replace the mtn tires with a touring style tire - then go ride it for a few months, then you will develop some idea of your preference.
05-16-12, 02:28 AM
A rigid mountain bike with medium width slicks would be good, but you just about have to buy used to get that.
I've been considering getting a dk Xenia. You should check it out.
You should definitely test ride a few bikes. I'd say to try a CycloCross bike (hybrids at their best, imo), a rigid 29'er, a fixed gear with flip-flop hub, and then a mid range mountain bike and a squishy comfort bike.
Being out of shape and just starting back in to cycling you may want something plush, but if you come from a BMX background I wouldn't bet on plush (soft cushy suspension and relaxed geometry) being a good investment long term.
05-16-12, 04:45 AM
One nice thing is it looks like your area has a good used market:
I really want these: http://oklahomacity.craigslist.org/bik/2978008749.html
If you plan on doing mostly road or dirt riding, used to race BMX and weigh 262lbs, I'd suggest you have a look at some 29ers in the $1,100 to $2,000 price range. At that level you'll get decent disc brakes and a suspension fork that isn't disposable, has a lockout and has rebuild kits available for servicing. You'll also get a frame thats stronger than anything you'll find on any hybrid. The frame clearance will let you run anything from skinny road tires (although I don't know why you'd want to) to medium slicks for light touring or general use to wide slicks for urban assault to full 29'er off road tires for playing in the mud.
As a second option a Giant Seek 1or 2 comes close in a rigid hybrid design and a much smaller price tag.
05-16-12, 07:13 AM
29'er, suspension, 5'8". The combination is certainly workable, but it does make fit more of an issue. Make sure you're comfortable with the standover; you're better off deciding for yourself how much standover clearance you need than asking someone else to tell you what you need. Pedal through some tight turns to see if wheel-toe overlap will be a problem. Raise the seat to where you have full leg extension and compare the seat height to the bar height; starting off you may prefer the bars higher, but most people who do a lot of riding like their bars close to saddle height. If getting the bars near saddle height would require a change of stem, that's fine; if it would be nearly impossible to get the bars close to saddle height you may want to keep looking.
05-16-12, 08:33 AM
What kind of budget are we working with here? What do you plan on doing with the bike? Multi-Use Paths? Commuting? Paved/Dirt? How flat is your area?
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