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    Any special considerations for 225 lbs.

    I'm 56 years old, 5' 10 and weigh 225 lbs. I'm back in school and thinking of getting a bike. Looking at Trek 7100 or 7200 or navigator. Also looking at a used Schwinn Sierra for $75. I looked at bikes in the racks at school today and EVERY ONE was an old beat up bike. I never noticed that before so that got me thinking that I should get a used bike and not tempt the odds. If I enjoy biking I'll bet something better in the future. This kind of philosophy, by the way, I just learned on this forum as prior to that I was thinking of plunking down $400+ on a new bike.

    My question is...

    Do I need to consider my weight as I make bike choices? Wheels? Tires? Road bikes and tires are out of the question for now. They look too skinny and sensitive.

    Thanks in advance,

    Mirkee

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    What you have looked at will work for you without any addtional expense. Those bikes are engineered for riders upwards of 300 pounds plus.
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    Just about any bike on the market will work for someone 225 pounds. Just avoid the super light-weight stuff,(the super expensive stuff), and pay attention to the wheels regardless of what you ride. Road bikes are fine for heavier guys, I have 25,000 miles on a Cannondale and I'm 210. A good used bike might be the best way to commute and find out if you're going to stay with it, but if you decide to get a nice bike, don't worry, be happy.

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    If it doesn't cost much then you haven't got much to lose by trying it.

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    I'm also 225 and don't like riding a road bike. As others have said, there is really no issue about a bike holding up under your weight. However the problem will be finding a good condition hybrid/comfort bike used. Far fewer of them out there. My local used bike shop actually stocks new lower-end hybrids due to the shortage of used ones.

    But it isn't impossible. Or you could find something that lets you sit fairly upright and get a nice, comfy seat. Or you could go with a road bike without worrying about the weight issue. Personally I've had it with road bikes and now consider them to be a form of bike hell. But that's a personal choice.

    On my campus there are a lot of nice student bikes. And a lot of beat-up road bikes. If you will be parking it in a well-travelled area during daylight hours and use a good lock, odds are that you won't have a problem. And a Trek 7100 isn't the biking equivalent of a Porsche. Still I understand your concerns. Probably worth spending a bit of time looking for a used bike.

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    A Trek 7100 is about to sell on ebay for over $200, which doesn't seem like such a good deal since my local shop has them at $289 now. I'm tempted to pull the trigger if I don't find a good used bike. I guess a tune up on a used bike can cost over $100 so buying used may not be such a good deal after all. My concern is: "What if I spand $400 and then ride it twice and it gothers dust in my garage?" How embarrasing would that be? :-)

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    Then you sell it in barely used, mint condition for $200.

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    There are billions of these old, rigid frame mtb's on your local CL. No question on the strength issue. Forget the saddle, tires, fenders, and bars - that's just my own zone. Even if you get a new bike, you'll probably end up changing that stuff, too. So, since you ask, I'd opt for the used one.


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    I bought a nice road bike (2003 Trek 2300) and was 225+ at the time -- no worries at all. They look skinny and fragile, but they're not

    edit: (reread the post) -- don't ride something to school you don't want stolen. The two bikes above look perfect--

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    Quote Originally Posted by superdex
    I bought a nice road bike (2003 Trek 2300) and was 225+ at the time -- no worries at all. They look skinny and fragile, but they're not

    edit: (reread the post) -- don't ride something to school you don't want stolen. The two bikes above look perfect--
    Thanks, but it's a crappy camera. Definitely not perfect, just functional. The thing about is, a lot of punk thieves might take one look at the bars and 'hard' saddle and probably walk away wondering what kind of bum rides that thing.

    BTW: I also ride a roadie. I'm 230lbs and have had no problems, but the road bike is definitely one that I wouldn't take my eyes off of.

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    Thank you all for our input. I bought a new Trek 7100 and so far I'm happy with it. Already spent another $100 at Performance last night!

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