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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 03-31-07, 09:01 PM   #1
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Anyone as big as me?

Hey guys, been reading a bit and figured I would post. I am 6'2" and about 375lbs. I have been looking around at bikes and have really not been able to find much I think will hold me. I am on a very strict budget (under $200 if I want to buy soon) so I am thinking of either finding something used or a Wal Mart type cheapo to start with and then upgrade during the summer if biking is something I stick to.

My guess is with my size I should looke for something with no shocks on it which is fine by me, I am going to be crusing on mostly town streets and maybe a little side path here and there but no real trails or anything serious.

I would appreciate any suggestions, last time I had a bike I was about 18 and bought a nice Mongoose (before Wal Mart sold them) at the LBS for about $500, rode it about 1/4 (while smoking a ciggarette) and walked it back (still smoking ) and ended up selling it to a buddy a few months later.

I have quit smoking about 7 years now and have been doing the gym on and off, I just hate the treadmill and I am hoping the bike will give me something I can actually enjoy while getting into shape.

So it anyone else out there as big as me and riding? If I get a bike for cheap and actually use it and it breaks in a few months that is fine I just don't want to drop a ton of money right away until I know it is for me.

I am in Western MA and have been unable to find anything decent in the paper or craigslist for bikes in my area so I may look in Boston and see if I have better results, that is why I am looking for suggestions on what to buy.
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Actually looking in Boston on Craigslist I am seeing much more stuff available My question is how do I know what size frame I need? I am 6'2" but I have kind of short legs, a 30" inseam is what I wear for pants.
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Hey guys, been reading a bit and figured I would post. I am 6'2" and about 375lbs. I have been looking around at bikes and have really not been able to find much I think will hold me. I am on a very strict budget (under $200 if I want to buy soon) so I am thinking of either finding something used or a Wal Mart type cheapo to start with and then upgrade during the summer if biking is something I stick to.

My guess is with my size I should looke for something with no shocks on it which is fine by me, I am going to be crusing on mostly town streets and maybe a little side path here and there but no real trails or anything serious.

I would appreciate any suggestions, last time I had a bike I was about 18 and bought a nice Mongoose (before Wal Mart sold them) at the LBS for about $500, rode it about 1/4 (while smoking a ciggarette) and walked it back (still smoking ) and ended up selling it to a buddy a few months later.

I have quit smoking about 7 years now and have been doing the gym on and off, I just hate the treadmill and I am hoping the bike will give me something I can actually enjoy while getting into shape.

So it anyone else out there as big as me and riding? If I get a bike for cheap and actually use it and it breaks in a few months that is fine I just don't want to drop a ton of money right away until I know it is for me.

I am in Western MA and have been unable to find anything decent in the paper or craigslist for bikes in my area so I may look in Boston and see if I have better results, that is why I am looking for suggestions on what to buy.
Start out with a used steel frame mountain bike with a bombproof set of wheels. I was 581 2 years ago and was down to 450 when I resumes riding as a lifestyle. I'm sitting at 217 now, by the way!

A 90's rigid mountain bike frame, and 40 spoke real wheel, 36 spoke front would do you pretty well and can be had fairly cheaply.

Here's a link for you, a place called Bikes, not Bombs. They recycle bikes and can get you set up fairly cheaply. They are located in the Jamaica Plains/Roxbury area of Boston.
http://www.bikesnotbombs.org/

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Thank you Tom! You are actually part of my inspiration to get started. I was under the impression I was going to have to wait until I hit 250 or so before I would be able to ride but after reading your store and a few others I have decided to go for it!

I will check out that link, I am not sure if I just send them my 'measurements' or what but I will contact them Monday and see what they have to say.

I am still not even sure I can balance myself on a bike, I have really lost a lot of strength and stamina over the past 8 years working on computers, I was about 300lbs when I met my wife and just sitting around working with computers over the years has added up. I was up to 419lbs at one point and have been able to get rid of a few pounds.

I am 29, had an angioplasty(sp?) about 18 months ago and they have me taking about 6 pills a day. Not really where I want to be so I am looking to change things around, get off some medications and hopefully come back stronger than ever. My family also has a history of heart disease and diabetes so the cards are stacked up against me anyway so it is time for me to do it for myself and for my family.
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Make sure you keep your cardiologist in the loop. This is important, as he'll have feedback as to how high you can run the Heart Rate up, etc! Just start with short rides and ride easy and STAY AWAY from suspension forks, stay rigid! As you build aerobic capacity, you'll be able to increase your ride lengths.

Another option that you have is a site a friend of mine runs, called Supersized Cycles. It's at http://www.supersizedcycles.com and look at the New Leaf. It has a rated capacity of 550 pounds. It's basically a city path bike with a seven speed rear cluster and single ring crank, but it's a full on custom frame and built solid. It is a tad expensive, $1800.00, though, so I'm just showing the option.

There are a couple of Clyde's on the board that started as heavy or heavier than you currently are, though and as ling as you run a bombproof wheelset, the frame isn't going to collapse under you and I really doubt you'll be doing any drops or extreme off road riding, eh? I know I didn't!

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Thank you Tom! You are actually part of my inspiration to get started. I was under the impression I was going to have to wait until I hit 250 or so before I would be able to ride but after reading your store and a few others I have decided to go for it!

I will check out that link, I am not sure if I just send them my 'measurements' or what but I will contact them Monday and see what they have to say.

I am still not even sure I can balance myself on a bike, I have really lost a lot of strength and stamina over the past 8 years working on computers, I was about 300lbs when I met my wife and just sitting around working with computers over the years has added up. I was up to 419lbs at one point and have been able to get rid of a few pounds.

I am 29, had an angioplasty(sp?) about 18 months ago and they have me taking about 6 pills a day. Not really where I want to be so I am looking to change things around, get off some medications and hopefully come back stronger than ever. My family also has a history of heart disease and diabetes so the cards are stacked up against me anyway so it is time for me to do it for myself and for my family.
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FWIW, I agree a used steel MB will work for you...I started at about 275 and rode that way for a couple of years before I eased up on the food (6'4"/225 now), and I had no problems at all with a mid-80s Bridgestone MB5 mountain bike. The frame will certainly hold you, though you may have to get new wheels after awhile. To help the wheels, don't go too skinny on the tires. You may want to change to a "roadier" tire than the stock knobbies, but keep it fat--26x2.0 or so at maybe 75 pounds. If you pinchflat (get flats from running into potholes and stuff, so the rim pinches "snakebite" holes in the tube), add some air.
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old steel mtb something or another I will recommend it but it isn't the most glam ride out there an old schwinn collegiate or one of the ten speed super tanks would be strong enough as well and blood y cheap but the mtb would be my first choice upright position cushy tires gears
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There is hope Smitty

I started biking last spring, I was about 375, about 6'2.
I kinda struck gold at my LBS (without knowing it), I found a CrMo Specialized Expedition XL, which I promptly started riding to work. I ended up commuting about 12 km both ways every day, from May to October (I live in Montreal).
My bike held up nicely, no flats, nothing broke, except the rear wheel that got out of true after a ride on VERY damaged road. Saddle was comfy enough, it took a few weeks to my behind to get used to it, after that all was fine.
You will learn to hate wind.
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Do not get a Wal-Mart bike, period. That would be an unsafe move. If you're short on cash maybe your LBS can work out a payment plan.

I have put nearly 5,000 miles on my Trek 7200 over the past 15 months, weighing anywhere between 330 and 350 during that time. I've busted a spoke, seatpost and a seat rail so choose your components wisely. Once I put a quality handbuilt spoke set(DT), seatpost(Thomson) and seat(Brooks) on the bike it has performed without incident.

Those bikes Tom mentioned are bombproof! They seemed to be linked to Worksman Cycles somehow: http://www.worksman.com/rhcruisers.html
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Thank you for all of your help guys.. I found this bike in the Boston area and wondered if it would be a good choice. I figured I could get it, maybe swap out the wheels if needed and have them do a tune-up on it before I start riding.

Like I said I am on a pretty strict budget for the time being and trying to stay away from walmart etc.
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I figured I could get it, maybe swap out the wheels if needed and have them do a tune-up on it before I start riding.
Good idea!

Your biggest concern is going to be the wheelset. Contact the buyer and ask him/her about the wheels. Regardless, after you buy it I would think about having it respoked by a professional with some high quality spokes and hubs.
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Thank you for all of your help guys.. I found this bike in the Boston area and wondered if it would be a good choice. I figured I could get it, maybe swap out the wheels if needed and have them do a tune-up on it before I start riding.

Like I said I am on a pretty strict budget for the time being and trying to stay away from walmart etc.
I wouldn't worry about the wheels, initially, MTB wheels tend to be better built then road wheels. If your intending for road riding rather then trail riding, get a set of slick tires, keep the knobbies though, you can always swap tires if you want trail riding. The thing to remember though about trail riding, a gentle almost flat 100m downhill, always seems to be followed by 5 km uphill at a 65% grade.
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Do not get a Wal-Mart bike, period. That would be an unsafe move. If you're short on cash maybe your LBS can work out a payment plan.

I have put nearly 5,000 miles on my Trek 7200 over the past 15 months, weighing anywhere between 330 and 350 during that time. I've busted a spoke, seatpost and a seat rail so choose your components wisely. Once I put a quality handbuilt spoke set(DT), seatpost(Thomson) and seat(Brooks) on the bike it has performed without incident.

Those bikes Tom mentioned are bombproof! They seemed to be linked to Worksman Cycles somehow: http://www.worksman.com/rhcruisers.html
(51), the New Leaf's are from a framebuilder in Joan's area and not connected with the Workman's she sells.
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Thank you for all of your help guys.. I found this bike in the Boston area and wondered if it would be a good choice. I figured I could get it, maybe swap out the wheels if needed and have them do a tune-up on it before I start riding.

Like I said I am on a pretty strict budget for the time being and trying to stay away from walmart etc.
Smitty, that Trek is a good bike! As mentioned, I's also replace the tires with more of a road tire.

I just happen to know of a tire for ya!

Geax Evolution, 26X1.9 and kevlar cored. It's a commuter tire, and ride well on multiple surfaces! Good on pavement, dirt, grass, hard pack and gravel and last forever!
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yeah I would get the trek and either the tires tom recommended or the schwalbe big apple tires
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Thanks guys, I am going to look at the Trek on Tuesday. Other than some new tires and some new wheels when I can get it into the shop can anyone suggest a good seat stem? When I was younger I remember bending a lot of seat stems so I am sure I am going to need to look into something more heavy duty.
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Smitty, that bike would be a good setup for you as your inseam is short like mine and I also have a 21" Trek Hybrid and it a great bike. I started at 375 and I'm down to 302 now. Agree with those that say get some slicks and ride in a safe area until you get your sea legs and remember that the initial pain is worth it. Get you bike looked at and have them setup the seat height and handle bars for you to have a fun and comfortable ride. After you get some miles on, you can start to make adjustments to fine tune it. The LBS should be able to find you a good seat stem for a reasonable amount. Stay away from carbon.

edit: If the bike comes with grip shifters, you might look into replacing those with quick shifter's. Much more comfy on the hands than the super huge grip shifters. I replaced mine on my Trek 7300 for about $60.00, it was a great upgrade.
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Thanks guys, I am going to look at the Trek on Tuesday. Other than some new tires and some new wheels when I can get it into the shop can anyone suggest a good seat stem? When I was younger I remember bending a lot of seat stems so I am sure I am going to need to look into something more heavy duty.
Thompson Stem, and with Craig's List, strike fast or you risk losing out on the bike!

If you do miss this one, while you are in Boston, go to Bikes, Not Bombs as well!
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+1 on this, I went to pick up my bike up yesterday and the guy I was getting it from had another buyer waiting right there in case I did not show within 20 mins of our agreed time. I got stuck at the bank and called him to wait another 15 min as the drive through lines were really slow.
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thompson is the best pricey but the best the stock wheels should do you I would really only replace things as they break or fail at this point
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If you have any trouble with tires and wheels see what kind of tires/wheels Santana Tandems uses on their "Family" bikes. The ones for 4, 5, and even 6 riders. On just two wheels. It can be done.
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ken those would probably be 48h triple box rims with 10g straight spokes and tandem hubs
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Thank you everyone, I have actually talked to the owner who is going to be driving out my way this Friday and is willing to meet to drop the bike off! I am first going to hit the LBS and get correctly fitted, I think a major part of me hating bikes in the past was not being fitted correctly for it and trying to do myself. I want to make sure I am setup correctly to help any extra back pain I may not need to go through.

I am also going to see what they have for road tires, if they don't have anything I will order either of the two suggested here.

Thanks again for all of your help.
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I am first going to hit the LBS and get correctly fitted, I think a major part of me hating bikes in the past was not being fitted correctly for it and trying to do myself.
That's a very good idea - if the bods at your LBS know their onions, they'll make all the difference in the world. My guys here have made my cycling life so much easier. It's amazing how much difference just a wee tweak on the saddle can make. I'd been mucking about with the height - no joy, went down to see the lads, they took one look at me on it and said 'kick the saddle back a touch'. Night and day.

oh, and at 375lb you're a mere slip of a lad!
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I am the exact same size. I have been looking for a few weeks myself. The LBS directed me to a Giant Sedona DX because of the stress I would put on the 700c wheels of the bikes I came to see. To my suprise the bike was very nice. I was very comfortable which I think will be a benefit at first but I can see how I would out grow the bike quickly. They do make a $250 verison of the bike that is made out of steel so I am not sure if it is a tank but it will do the job.
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