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    Getting back into biking

    Hi everyone I am getting back into biking to loose weight and get into shape. I am 6'3" and 340. Right now I ride a Gaint escape 2 I picked a couple of weeks ago used. I also have a Schwinn Frontier Gsx. My big question is what makes a bike good for someone my size? The Gaint seems a little lite duty for me and I know the Schwinn is a cheaper mountain model. I am trying to ride 10-20 miles a week to start with and build from there. I live in northwest the roads are bumpy. I like the mountain bike style because I want to start riding on trails again. My budget for a bike would be around $500. Thanks for listen.

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    Despite what I've read on countless occasions from the skinny folks, coming from personal experience where my heaviest riding weight was 465, pretty much any bike will be okay as long as it fits, you want to ride it, and the components aren't garbage. The only issue I had was with a crankset on a wal-mart Mongoose getting loose on the bottom bracket when I was 375. I'm convinced that would happen to a 200 pounder. I've been riding a carbon fiber Sette Phantom with Rock Shox Recon forks and a mix of Shimano Deore thru XTR. It's rock solid and I'm a tad under 400 right now. $500 is a low budget to be honest (as an upgrade to an existing bike). If it where me, I'd sell one of those and start saving while riding the other one and do some real research into what you want. I would recommend 3 suggestions for a big guy if you aren't already aware of these:
    Get the right size - You will most likely need at least a 58cm/ 21"/ XL frame
    For trail riding - Get good hydro disc brakes. What a difference that makes for a big dude.
    If you want any suspension - Make sure you can add air to it. If you don't it will bottom out and make climbing much harder.

    Keep us up to date!

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    Good luck and welcome.

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    I bought a bike today. It is a Fuji 1.7 nevada. It was on close out at Performance Bikes. I know it is lower end bike but i liked the 29 inch wheelers. I hope to upgrade parts over time. I rode about 5 miles today I it was very enjoyable. The ride is much nicer than my Schwinn. I will post how this bike holds up over time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishguy172 View Post
    Hi everyone I am getting back into biking to loose weight and get into shape. I am 6'3" and 340. Right now I ride a Gaint escape 2 I picked a couple of weeks ago used. I also have a Schwinn Frontier Gsx. My big question is what makes a bike good for someone my size? The Gaint seems a little lite duty for me and I know the Schwinn is a cheaper mountain model. I am trying to ride 10-20 miles a week to start with and build from there. I live in northwest the roads are bumpy. I like the mountain bike style because I want to start riding on trails again. My budget for a bike would be around $500. Thanks for listen.
    Good Wheels that are true, have enough spokes to remain true, and tensioning on the spokes that is nice and equal, and will keep them from coming out of true.

    After that a bike that fits that you enjoy riding.

    If you like the Giant Escape, then take it to the LBS, and have them check the wheels for spoke tensioning, and ride it like you stole it.

    While I have never had a Giant Escape, I recall reading about many other Clydes riding an Escape. The Altus looks similar to the Claris for a road bike, so it is perfectly serviceable.


    The Fuji Nevada also has Altus, so it looks like the MTB version of the Escape, which is a hybrid.

    If the Fuji has a lockout for the front fork, you might want to lockout the front suspension, as they are not normally designed for Clydes, and, often, they are all the way down most of the time, anyways.

    GH

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    if you are riding your MTB on roads, tires can make a huge difference in comfort and performance. check out the Kenda Kross tires. I use them on my MTB for winter road riding and they are a great all around training/commuting tire with a smooth, fast center tread, and they are nice and wide so you don't have to worry about weight issues and flats on skinny thin tires. plus they are super cheap (I got a pair on Jet.com for under $30 shipped). just my two cents, they have worked for me.

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