Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

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.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 02-25-07, 08:06 AM   #1
mkwdrs
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Georgia
Bikes:
Posts: 150
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Weight Loss & Reach To Bars

I am in between frame sizes (54 & 56) for a Spec Sequoia and/or Roubaix (2007 models). The 54 feels good for torse. The 56 feels good for legs.

To those who have lost weight, do you find that the reach to the handle bars stay the same, decrease, or increase? Since I am in between sizes, I was curious as to how fit changes as your weight drops.
mkwdrs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-07, 01:42 PM   #2
ronjon10
Senior Member
 
ronjon10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Topanga, but I'm not a hippy
Bikes: IF Club Racer, Bike Friday Pocket Rocket
Posts: 2,820
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
You should shop around to see if you can find a better fit from another manufacturer. Improper fit will cause cause discomfort and injuries. You shouldn't buy a bike that you'll 'grow into'. It might not happen the way you anticipate. Sounds like your longer legged, and shorter torso'd, try the treks. I have short legs and longer torso. I've never fit well on a trek because of that.

Having said that. I don't think there's much coorelation between weight loss and fit geometry. However, increased flexibility in the torso will allow you to reach further.

When I had my bike fit, they set it up so I was comfortable on the tops of the bars, and had to extend to ride the hoods or drops while maintaining proper posture. As my flexibility has increased, I can now ride on the hoods for a time in proper position. However, the basic geometry has remained the same.

ps. Improving flexibility requires stretching, and saddletime, both of which aid in weight loss, so of course there is that indirect relationship.
__________________
just being
ronjon10 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-07, 07:52 PM   #3
Velo Dog
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Northern Nevada
Bikes:
Posts: 3,802
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I lost about 40 pounds last year, from 6'4" and 270 to 230, and I found it MUCH easier to reach the bars that it had been. I suspect it was partly better flexibility, because I was stretching a lot, but mainly, getting my waist down from 43 to 38 got my gut out of the way.
Velo Dog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-07, 10:42 PM   #4
juan162
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 526
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I've lost 20lbs and have also found that I can ride with a lower stem and longer reach for a longer time.

Juan
juan162 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:26 PM.