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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 02-02-07, 10:42 AM   #1
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i'm new and have a couple of ??

1. someone on craigslist directed me to this site . . . they changed the url into simply "clydesdale" so i don't know what the url is . . . can someone help so i can get back here?

2. i'm 300 lb. 6'1". i always loved riding my bike as a kid and would like to again . . . however i'd just as soon it not snap in half when i do. what kind of bike should i get . . . low-end to start if you don't mind. i don't require bells and whistles . . . do i even need gears? can you still get those streamers for your handlebar grips? <kidding>

can you tell me exactly the name of the bike i should be looking for? thanks for all your help.

don't forget to give me the url.
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Old 02-02-07, 12:57 PM   #2
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Google "bike forums" and the first listing gets you back here.Then put it(the url) in your favourites list as coming here gets to be a habit!
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Old 02-02-07, 02:11 PM   #3
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1. someone on craigslist directed me to this site . . . they changed the url into simply "clydesdale" so i don't know what the url is . . . can someone help so i can get back here?

2. i'm 300 lb. 6'1". i always loved riding my bike as a kid and would like to again . . . however i'd just as soon it not snap in half when i do. what kind of bike should i get . . . low-end to start if you don't mind. i don't require bells and whistles . . . do i even need gears? can you still get those streamers for your handlebar grips? <kidding>

can you tell me exactly the name of the bike i should be looking for? thanks for all your help.

don't forget to give me the url.
I'd go steel frame if at all possible but as a rhino-clyde you don't want to waste money on anything too low end or you're going to be spending even more money in repairs and replacements - it's better to simply push your wallet to it's max in order to get the best thing you can afford. Just yesterday in my mailbox was Peromance Bicycles clearence catalog and in the back was some pretty decent prices on some IRONHORSE bikes, you might visit their website or (even though some folks on the forum don't care for this place, though I've bought over ten bikes from them without so much as a drop of trouble) a place called bikesdirect.com some really good prices on their site all the time. Hope that was of some help...
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Old 02-02-07, 02:19 PM   #4
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Without knowing what kind of riding you want to be doing, it's hard to say what bike. But here's a decent setup and even has a couple bells and whistles but you'll be hard pressed to find a setup like this at a price lower than this one...plus the bike looks pretty cool too.

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...ne_400HT07.htm
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Old 02-02-07, 02:29 PM   #5
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Here is the URL to the clydesdale section:
http://www.bikeforums.net/clydesdales-athenas-200-lb-91-kg/

If you look at the post towards the top, "Clydesdale index thread", by one of our more thoughtful regulars, a guy named Air, you'll see that he spent a lot of time picking out jewels about bikes for us big guys. (That he picked some of my ramblings is not an endictment of him, I just happened to have posted when he was doing it. The helpful stuff I post I am usually plagerizing somebody smarter than me. (Clydesdale/Athena Index Thread - read before posting and ALL the old Stickies linked will get you there too.))

I'll say this, I'm also over 300 pounds. (By 6.8 fewer pounds this week than last but still over none-the-less.) The most important thing is your wheels.

Where are you riding, what are you looking to do (short and long term) and how much do you want to invest?

Read some of those posts and answer those three questions. Then come back, we are a pretty helpful bunch.
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^^^ What Hambone said.

Also that Motobecane linked is identical to my '07 Specialized Hardrock Sport, and only $30 cheaper than what I got mine for. For the extra cost I got a bike shop who bent over backwards to sell it and fit it to me. They added anti-thorn tubes and better brake pads at no cost. I think that's worth at least $30.

Speaking of, the Hardrock has got to be the best uber-clyde deal out there. I'm 380 and have ridden that bike from 420-ish down. Going to upgrade the drivetrain and ride it to 275 or 250, at which time I'll reward myself with a roadbike.

Anyway, at 300 you have lots of options. Look at what Hambone said, and get back to us. We're here to help.
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wow! you guys are great. thx so much

i take my dogs to an old old cemetery to play and would first of all like to ride the bike there. lots of landscaping and gently rolling paved paths. i'm not too wild about the thought of riding on streets . . . i can only imagine what *******s auto drivers can be.
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i take my dogs to an old old cemetery to play and would first of all like to ride the bike there. lots of landscaping and gently rolling paved paths. i'm not too wild about the thought of riding on streets . . . i can only imagine what *******s auto drivers can be.
for casual riding on paths like that, anything will work. I'd start with a used mtn bike from a bike shop in town. You'll build up a relationship with them that will pay huge dividends a year or two from now when you are ready to upgrade. You might pay a few bucks more than from a garage sale but if you are not a comfortable bike mechanic, it might be a good investment. (If you are comfortable with the idea of wrenching for yourself, then try garage sales and the parpers (Craigslist can be a good resource.)) Keep in mind too that the bike shop will help fit you.

If money were not an issue and you were my brother, I'd tell you to find the local bike shop you like the best and get an entry level flat bar road bike.
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Don't limit yourself to just the Clyde forum, there's lots more to see as well....
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i take my dogs to an old old cemetery to play and would first of all like to ride the bike there. lots of landscaping and gently rolling paved paths. i'm not too wild about the thought of riding on streets . . .
You have to break yourself in slowly when talking about roads.

I was, and still am, rather uncomfortable when riding on roads. A mirror (for me, on the helmet) helps a great deal, as you can see drivers coming up behind you. Also, flourescent colors (ANSI green, orange) help in getting drivers to notice you. If you've got bike lanes or a Multiple Use Path, use those. (Don't go to Advocacy & Safety and ask questions until you familiarise yourself with ranting and raving here at Bike Forums ). It's much safer to ask here...

My wife showed me how to safely ride on roads. She's a nut on roads! But I'm still not a happy camper on them.

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