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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 04-13-07, 06:37 PM   #1
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big guy lookin for advice

hey guys i need some advice on a bike. I'm 23, about 5'9'', 250lbs. i'm a big guy but i am active and am fairly fit. I hike and workout(not since my fiance became pregnant, but used to anyway). I always played sports and everything. But i'm heavy and chubby, lol. my problem isn't losin weight, Its getting a bike that will support my weight.

What i'm lookin for in a bike: I want to be able to ride on paved surfaces, with a child seat or tow behind cart. I also want to do some light mountain biking, nothing insane, at least not yet. i don't plan on leaving to many trails but the trails may be bumpy and hilly etc.

I also want to spend somewhere between 300-500 bucks for a bike. what do you guys think?
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Old 04-13-07, 06:45 PM   #2
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Pretty much anything, it's basically wide open for you. I'd recommend something with 32 or 36 spoke wheels, just from experience, but I know someone who rode a Bianchi roadbike with 28 spoke wheels down from 230 last summer, and had no problems.

Find something you like, and you'll enjoy riding. There's so many choices! And make sure it fits you correctly.
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Old 04-13-07, 07:20 PM   #3
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OH..this is another post, same guy..the price kinda rules out most Bianchis,a good choice,they have dealers in PA,not so much where I live in NC.. I saw an aluminum Diamond Back for 400. It rode well,I took it for a spin this fall. This model was a "flat-bar road bike", Sporting good stores have them.Other than that,dept. stores have stuff,won't vouch for anything they have.You check that Co. I said? Maybe yet another posting 'll bring more to ya.
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Old 04-14-07, 06:14 AM   #4
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I have a KHS Alite 300. It's a good entry level MTB, commutes decenly, and is at the bottom of your price range, so you could consider its even more attractive big bros. I will go ahead and suggest a MTB. What you want is a hardtail (no rear shocks), lightweight frame (My wife's comfort bike is a hi-ten MTB frame and mine is Aluminum and you can RAELLY tell the difference.), you want either a solid front fork (hard to find) or adjustable, (Mine adjusts to the point where it absorbs bumps, but won't rebound when my 260 lb. butt starts pumping the peddals, which is a REAL problem for us big folks) and you'll need to invest in some steet and path tires (The ones with treads like your typical truck tire). The tires will give you good performance on streets and dirt paths. I have a 24, 34, 42 crankset, which is pretty typical. You won't set any land speed records, but you can handel serious hills. I live in the mountains and around town I rarely need to get out of the high gears. I pull the grade at the end of my street in high gear most of the time and it's about 200 feet in 1/10 of a mile. The good news is the typical MTB that will meet your needs is squarely in your price range from most companies. I went with KHS, and I know Trek makes a good little hardtail about $375. Hit the websites and see what's out there.

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Old 04-14-07, 06:30 PM   #5
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I am about 270 lbs and just recently went through the same dilema. I picked up a Trek 7000 and it seems to be a good fit for me. This might be a bit on the lower end of your price range, so you could bump it up to one of the next modesl and get a few more do dads with it. (I think it goes, 7100, 7200, etc)

Hope that helps, haven't had mine long at all yet, but so far so good.

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Old 04-14-07, 06:32 PM   #6
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Oops. sorry I'm not sure the Trek 7000 would be great for the off road stuff. I should read closer before replying.
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Old 04-15-07, 06:41 AM   #7
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well thanks for the info anyway, i'll still look into it.
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Old 04-15-07, 11:40 PM   #8
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given your size, price range and riding profile, i'd recommend a basic mountainbike and have your LBS talk you through tire options that will work for pavement/light trail riding


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