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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 11-17-06, 11:05 PM   #1
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Inexpensive roadie for a Clydesdale help.

Something tells me that at 310lbs and 6'2" I'm stuck on my Giant FCR4 bike. I am looking for a new road bike so I can put my Giant as backup.Are there any inexpensive bikes out there that a Clydesdale can ride and keep tires and wheels on it? C''mon guys, HELP!
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Old 11-17-06, 11:24 PM   #2
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Something tells me that at 310lbs and 6'2" I'm stuck on my Giant FCR4 bike. I am looking for a new road bike so I can put my Giant as backup.Are there any inexpensive bikes out there that a Clydesdale can ride and keep tires and wheels on it? C''mon guys, HELP!
Well, I've been riding an old Raleigh road bike from 1988. It rides very nicely, and is light, and was $20.00 in a yard sale. The previous owner had ridden it once and hung it from the rafters. I lubed the freewheel, repacked the bearings and oua-la! A sweet road bike that I've put 3500 miles on over the time I've owned it, and I have a total of $42.00 in it! Cheap enough? Look at Craigs List, Ebay, troll the thrift stores.....You'd be amazed at the deals you can find!
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...Look at Craigs List, Ebay, troll the thrift stores.....You'd be amazed at the deals you can find!
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swap meets, yard sales, garage sales, car boot sales

alternatively, bike shops have a lot of stuff on sale at the moment as they stock up for '07
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Something tells me that at 310lbs and 6'2" I'm stuck on my Giant FCR4 bike. I am looking for a new road bike so I can put my Giant as backup.Are there any inexpensive bikes out there that a Clydesdale can ride and keep tires and wheels on it? C''mon guys, HELP!
Frames won't be the limiting factor. Any well made steel frame will support your weight well. You will likely shed a few of those pounds once you start riding. Look for sturdy wheels with high spoke counts (36 front and rear). Try not to bunny hop it or aim at the potholes and you should be fine. As others have pointed out, there are deals to be had used. I am fond of Peugeots and there seems no shortage of them out there. Raleighs are great, and older steel Trek bikes can be found for good prices.
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Find someone selling off their old touring bike. A steel frame Trek 820 or 520 can make a great road bike. When I got my 1100, which is aluminum, I was still about 290 and I'm now down to 260. I have not had any frame issues. I have had some wheel issues, but that came from riding 15 year old stuff. I'm at least the third owner, so who knows what it has been through.
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Old 11-18-06, 10:09 AM   #8
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I agree with Barba...it is not the frame as much as it is the wheels, I was 300 when I started riding again a few months ago...I rode on and off at this weight last year. The wheels is what you will end up replacing mostly, high spoke count is good and rebuildable as well...easy to fix in case you have a problem....in my opinion you can have pretty much what you want after that....I have a complete carbon frame, I don't abuse it and I don't crank on it much just steady power....do some Mario Cipollini sprints and your bike wear will go up....
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Back in March of this year, I picked up a 1998 Lemond Alp D'Huez off ebay for $400. This bike was in "like new" condition. All I had to do was give it a lube and new tires/tubes. I wanted a steel bike and I liked how Lemonds fit when I test rode them. This bike had Mavic rims with 32 count spokes - also important for us heavy riders. I've put over 1,200 miles on that bike this summer.

So look around for a good quality used bike. Just do your research so you know what you are looking at.
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Old 11-21-06, 11:18 AM   #10
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I bought a Trek 1000 this summer and it's been great. It was around $600 before adding the Speedplay pedals and hardcase tires. It's worked flawlessly, and the shop did a great job getting the fit right. I'm 6' 1", 240 (started at 264 in June), and the frame is 58 cm.
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As stated you won't have any problems wiht the bike itself. The problems you may encounter will be the wheels. Mine lasted about 400 miles on my 2005 Specialized Allez Sport. Started popping spokes like crazy. I ended up with a set of Mavic Aksiums I bought from my local LBS. They have been bomb proof. I was at 303 when I got the bike and am now down to 253.
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Check out craigslist also. I have seen some amazingly good deals on there. I picked up my bike on there after only a few days of looking, emailing, and checking out different bikes. I got a 2004 Veloz VTR bike that had already been tricked out with a headlight, tailight, schwinn computer, Alexrims R450s, Kenda Kevlar tires, Shimano 105 components, and Tiagra shifters. All for $300. I am averaging about 40 miles a week right now and so far haven't had any problems except a tube replacement.
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