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    bike for 300lb guy

    Im currently scavaging craigslist for a bike for me. Im 5'10 and 300lbs. Im trying to get more mobile and wanted to start biking but im running into a problem finding a decent bike in my price range(under $200). Ive found a few and wanted some help on if a bike i found is good for the price. The one i found is a Specalized Hardrock for $70. I know its a decent deal but im worried about being to heavy for it. Btw i did go to my local bike shop and tested a few bikes this size to get a feel for them. Here is a link for the bike

    Specialized Hard Rock 21 speed mountian bike

    Thanks

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    Moved to a more relevant subforum for better mutual insight.
    Quote Originally Posted by Night_shift View Post
    NICE! But my quads destroy wheels with less than 32 spokes.

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    Thank you and sorry for posting in the wrong part of the forums.

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    Weak point of bikes for us big riders is the wheels. Those wheels look decent. Most mountain bikes will be fine. At 300 lbs you can actually ride hybrids or road bikes if you want. Look for nice sturdy wheels, 32 spokes is usually a good way to gauge.

    My wife and I started with:

    35 year old mountain bike to see if we enjoyed cycling
    Trek Shift (4 for me) until I started building my distance up
    Hybrid in my case Specialized Sirrus Elite. Previously owned by a guy who had a friend that was a bored bike mechanic. It is like full Shimano 105 5700 groupset
    Once I drop down to 260-275 lbs I'm getting probably a Trek Domane 4.3 or Giant Defy Advanced 2.

    If I could go back I'd probably start with an old mountain bike (or old comfort bike like a Shift 4) until about 300-330 lbs (started at 350-360). And then depending on the budget either get that used hybrid which I can throw on an indoor trainer when I'm down another 40 or so pounds and get my road bike. OR get my road bike around 300 or so and have the shop build me a Velocity 32 or 36 spoke back wheel and throw in puncture resistant tubes. Chances are the stock front wheel will be fine unless it was more of a race style bike (I'm looking at endurance bikes which tend to be a bit sturdier and more comfortable than performance road bikes... better for people that want to learn to tour or ride long distances with hours in the saddle). If needed either a 28 or 32 spoke front wheel.

    Mostly just get out and ride. Even 5 hours per week and some changes in eating can drop the weight 2-4 lbs per week or more depending. And you'll find out quickly how much you like or dislike the hobby. Find a buddy or a local group to ride with. Maybe grab an indoor trainer stand and throw your previous bike on that if/when you get a new one for some indoor biking. And just learn to enjoy being outside. The biggest change for me the past month is that I've always been a gamer. I've always looked forward to new games. Now I still find some computer or board game time. But I find myself looking forward to rides with my wife, charity rides, and group rides. On the night before ride days I have trouble falling asleep because I'm looking forward to trying to push distances the next morning. It is a total change from what I was used to even a few months ago.

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    That's a pretty good bike for your size and use. Will even make a good utility bike, should you decide to move up later! Have the wheels checked for tension and true

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    The biggest issue you will have is fit. Make sure the bike fits you. At 300 pounds most mountain bikes will be fine, and their wheels will be sturdy enough; also most road bikes will be fine, but you might want to increase spoke count on the rims to 32 spokes.

    I ride a road bike primarily with a 32 spoke count front and back and am 6'3" and 360.

    I would advise going to your local bike store and see what they had that was used, or if you buy the bike you linked to then take it to the local bike store and pay for a bike fit (getting the seat at the right height and angle, and getting the stem to the right height and angle). Even if you have to pay for the bike fit the investment will pay off for you.

    Build a relationship with the local bike store by buying a water bottle here, tubes, a small tool set so you can change tubes on a ride if you get a flat, and that relationship can get you better prices when you upgrade components or bikes, and it can get you people who recommend routes to ride.

    The relationship I have with my bike store has gained me a riding buddy, some heavy discounts on items that while new had sat in the bike store's inventory for over a year or two, it has gained me someone who makes suggestions on how I can improve my speed, distance, and overall fitness, and it has gained me some new friends.

    There is nothing like stopping by your local bike shop with drinks or a pizza and hanging out with the guys, as sometimes it is nice to hang out with the guys and be able to cut loose a little.

    Good luck on your journey, find a bike and enjoy,
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    well went buy and took it for a test ride and fell in love. its not in perfect shape by any means but it is now mine. talked him down to $60 so it gives e even more for a seat and helmet. here are some pictures. Like i said its not perfect but not bad for a 199?.
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    Now, go get some miles.............

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    You got a fine deal on that bike. Vintage mtbs make great all rounders. I'd replace that saddle though.

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    Old bikes are great starter bikes. Now you get to go experiment and decide if you love or hate riding. And if you get the itch, you're only out $60 when looking for something a bit more agile (hybrid or road bike) and then you can toss that on an indoor trainer. And if you hate riding, you're out $60 and can try and resell it.

    Most important right is just get miles. I feel like finding a buddy or a group helps. The next thing for me is scheduling events. Then I always have something I have to train for. Doesn't matter if it is a 30 mile ride in 2 months, a century next month, or a 20 mile family fun day next weekend. It always makes me feel like I should be training and not feel like I need to be exercising.

    Good luck!

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    Lol pretty sure anything more then a mile or two would kill me lol. Just riding around testing it killed my legs and lungs but it excited me.

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    That comes with practice. I probably weighed about 360 when the wife and I started experimenting last spring. We started with 1-2 laps around the block (.8ish miles each lap). Eventually we'd do 1-2 laps and then go farther away and be 2-4 miles per trip. Then we learned to make it to the local canal trails. And by the end of spring (aka end of peak riding season here in Phoenix) we got to the point where 7 miles was not bad and we could push for 10-11.

    We've now cracked 25 4 or 5 times and are practicing for a 30 mile hilly ride in Flagstaff in July, 50 in California in October, and hoping to do a metric century (62 miles) by the end of the year and at least 1 century before next summer. This from a guy that thought 1.6 miles in under 15 minutes was good last year.

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