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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 03-25-07, 09:30 PM   #1
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Howdy,

I just googled cycling forums looking for advice and low and behold here's one dedicated to people my size. WHOO HOO!

I'm 6'4" and roughly 275 lbs. I've been told by a few people that I'm going to have to invest a bit more money into a bike that can handle me. Unfortunately, I don't have a very big budget. We're talking around $500 tops.

I keep waffling on whether to get a road or a mountain bike. We've got some amazing trails in my area but I don't think I could afford a bike that could handle my weight and I'm a little nervous about crashing out in the woods by myself.

I'm pretty sure most of my riding would take place on pavement and I'd love to get a trailer or a seat for my 13 month old so perhaps a road bike would be the better investment?

So, with all that vaguery, any advice?
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Old 03-25-07, 09:41 PM   #2
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First off, get what is comfortable...whether its a road or a mtb. If you get a road bike you may need to get a stronger wheel set. Use the search function, there is plenty of info on good wheel sets used by us clydes.
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Old 03-25-07, 10:19 PM   #3
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Howdy,

I just googled cycling forums looking for advice and low and behold here's one dedicated to people my size. WHOO HOO!

I'm 6'4" and roughly 275 lbs. I've been told by a few people that I'm going to have to invest a bit more money into a bike that can handle me. Unfortunately, I don't have a very big budget. We're talking around $500 tops.

I keep waffling on whether to get a road or a mountain bike. We've got some amazing trails in my area but I don't think I could afford a bike that could handle my weight and I'm a little nervous about crashing out in the woods by myself.

I'm pretty sure most of my riding would take place on pavement and I'd love to get a trailer or a seat for my 13 month old so perhaps a road bike would be the better investment?

So, with all that vaguery, any advice?
$500 is a pricepoint that will get you a decent bike that should last and hold up well. Beyond $500 gets you lighter and more bells and whistles.

I got back into riding (as an adult) on an MTB. If I still lived near decent trails that is probably what I would do ninety percent of my riding on BUT I live in NYC so I ride a road bike mostly. WHen pulling my sons in the trailer though, I actually prefer my MTB. The more upright position is more comfy and it also allows you a better view at traffic, etc.

Read around, there are a few posts "stickied" at the top of the clydesdale section. Check them out.

Then post some follow up questions. There are some real thougtful folks on here. You'll get good advice.
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Old 03-25-07, 10:24 PM   #4
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Try a Cross Bike. There are a number of steel Cross bikes around. EBay is a good source. I have several road bikes and 2 MTBs. My cross bike is great because I can pop off the cross tires and put road tires on the bike in a few minutes and I am off on a road ride. the cross tires can vary in size so you can ride off road with the appropriate gearing. When I travel I usually take the cross bike and several changes of tires to satisfy any conditions I want to try.
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Old 03-25-07, 10:59 PM   #5
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Cross bikes can be pretty expensive.

I'd say try a hybrid, since:

1) You don't know whether to get a road or mountain bike.

2) You want to pull a trailer along.

3) Road bikes are designed to go fast on pavement, mountain bikes are designed to be strong. Hybrids strike a balance between the two. Faster than a mountain bike on the road, harder to break into pieces than a road bike.

I think you can find a good hybrid bike at $500.

If you don't like the riding position on the hybrid, then I would suggest another bike based on what's comfortable for you.

Edit: I usually recommend cyclocross or touring bikes, but I'm recommending hybrids this time based on the OP's information.
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Old 03-25-07, 11:04 PM   #6
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IMHO, I don't think that you necessarily need anything too spectacularly new. Used stuff can be good, so long as you don't abuse it (ie, bunny hops, jumping around in a forest, etc). But the same goes for new stuff, it can be good if you don't abuse it. I have a custom built frankenbike that suits me just fine (most of the parts are 20+ years old). Granted, I've funneled a fair amount of money in accessories at this point as well as time getting it in prime condition. I guess it depends on what exactly you want in a bike, and how much effort you're willing to exert.
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Old 03-25-07, 11:16 PM   #7
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Howdy,

I just googled cycling forums looking for advice and low and behold here's one dedicated to people my size. WHOO HOO!

I'm 6'4" and roughly 275 lbs. I've been told by a few people that I'm going to have to invest a bit more money into a bike that can handle me. Unfortunately, I don't have a very big budget. We're talking around $500 tops.

I keep waffling on whether to get a road or a mountain bike. We've got some amazing trails in my area but I don't think I could afford a bike that could handle my weight and I'm a little nervous about crashing out in the woods by myself.

I'm pretty sure most of my riding would take place on pavement and I'd love to get a trailer or a seat for my 13 month old so perhaps a road bike would be the better investment?

So, with all that vaguery, any advice?
Welcome, jblake! Best advice I have is as follows:
Get thee hence to the bike shop and start testing bikes until thou has found your ride!
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I agree with Tom, a good local bike shop will fit a bike to your needs (Both physically and financially). I personally ride a Trek 7200 Hybrid.


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Old 03-26-07, 08:56 AM   #9
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if you have a friend or two with biks you can borrow, it is a good idea to get a couple of rides in before you go trying out bikes.

What feels good if you haven't been on a bike in years, will be very different than what will fell good after you have started riding again.

I say it here pretty often, I'm not a fan of hybrids. Especially considering what you describe. I would get an MTB and put road tires on it before I would get a hybrid.
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Old 03-26-07, 09:31 AM   #10
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I've got a Kate Moss on you, and love my sub-$500 bike(s). Last summer I bought a Specialized Hardrock Sport and have not regretted it - best $350 I've spent (got a great deal on it)! Mine is bulletproof, I can ride over anything and have not (yet) broken anything. I have a pedal that's a little on the wobbly side, which after 700+ miles and my girth is to be expected. Check out the Hardrock.

Also check out the hybrids. Both the true Hybrids and the "fitness" bikes. I ended up buying a second bike, a Trek 7.3 FX that is loads of fun - when the rear wheel is playing nice (but I doubt you'd have that problem).

Really, just go ride a bunch of different bikes. Find the one that you enjoy riding, and buy it.

Good luck!
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Old 03-26-07, 11:46 AM   #11
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3) Road bikes are designed to go fast on pavement, mountain bikes are designed to be strong. Hybrids strike a balance between the two. Faster than a mountain bike on the road, harder to break into pieces than a road bike.
I'm not sure I can agree with such a generalization. My touring bike is much stronger than my MTB. It all depends on what materials you are buying, and with a $500 budget, I'd guess he's going to be buying Steel over Carbon in whatever type of bike he buys.

Plenty of good, strong 'cross bikes out there, or hybrid, or MTB, or.... It's better to find something that makes YOU want to ride. No matter what it is.
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Old 03-26-07, 05:42 PM   #12
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Howdy,

I just googled cycling forums looking for advice and low and behold here's one dedicated to people my size. WHOO HOO!

I'm 6'4" and roughly 275 lbs. I've been told by a few people that I'm going to have to invest a bit more money into a bike that can handle me. Unfortunately, I don't have a very big budget. We're talking around $500 tops.

I keep waffling on whether to get a road or a mountain bike. We've got some amazing trails in my area but I don't think I could afford a bike that could handle my weight and I'm a little nervous about crashing out in the woods by myself.

I'm pretty sure most of my riding would take place on pavement and I'd love to get a trailer or a seat for my 13 month old so perhaps a road bike would be the better investment?

So, with all that vaguery, any advice?

Yeah, get a hard tail mountain bike, even lower end bike shop bikes like the Trek 4300, should have no weight problem. Think about it, a 150lb guy who does a 6 drop, puts way more stress on a frame then a 275lb guy pootling along at 20km/h (er 12MPH, had to think about that, the longer I work in km and km/h, the less I remember about Miles and MPH), on the road. Swap the knobbies for road tires, hang the knobbies in the garage, if you decide to do some trail riding, or decide to ride in winter conditions, you can always put the knobbies back on. One thing, if your over 40 years old, forget trail riding, things take too long to heal I say this, because your chances of crashing on the trail at some point in the first year is 100% - I say this from experience, on the road it's probably closer to 25%.

Watch it though, what often ends up happening, is that you end up adding more bikes, maybe you add a road bike for those 160km Saturday morning club rides, a full suspension MTB for the trails, you convert your first bike into a commuter/tourer (adding fenders and a rear rack) to the narrow tires. Because bikes are relatively cheap, it's easy to have several that specialise.
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For $500 you can get a Huffy road bike, a Huffy mountain bike and still have $300 left over for accessories.
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Old 03-26-07, 06:18 PM   #14
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I'm 6'4" and 230 now, but I weighed around 275 for several years, until I finally got fed up with myself last fall and got serious about taking off some weight.
I owned five or six bikes, road and mountain, while I was over 260, and the only component I ever had trouble with was road bike wheels. Nothing else ever broke, even though I was doing a lot of miles, and a lot of fairly hard off-road miles (I live near Reno, about a mile from the Toiyabe National Forest, and hit the trails nearly every night after work). On the MB with fat tires, 32 spokes were OK--I occasionally broke one, but not very often. On the road, though, I could use up rear wheel in 1000-1500 miles. I finally switched to 36-spoke wheels from Rivendell, and I haven't had any problems since. If you start tacoing your wheels, any good shop should be able to build you one that will last.
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26" (mountain bike) wheels are smaller, meaning that they're tougher to break spokes on...so you can get away with less spokes

That's interesting that you only broke spokes, but unsurprising that it occurred on the road wheels specifically. Maybe mountain bikes are tougher than I give them credit for
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Old 03-27-07, 03:18 AM   #17
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Hi Jblake!

Again, I'll throw an unorthodox suggestion or two into your mix. Consider at least test-riding an Electra Townie. The bikes have a much different feel and riding style than most road OR mountain bikes. The Townies are also sturdy enough for you as-sold and can are safe both on and off-road. The riding style is "hybrid," but more comfortable than most hybrids, and the Townies fit your budget.

Unorthodox suggestion #2 is to at least test-ride a recumbent bike. You'll find mostly used ones in your price range, but the 'bents are addictive, and once tried, hard to resist.

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