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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 04-19-07, 10:07 AM   #1
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New guy needs advice

Hi all,

I see that I am probably in the right place to get some opinions and advice. I am 6' tall, weigh about 285 lbs. I am looking into biking as an avenue to get back into shape and lose some weight. I am looking into the following bikes after a pretty good amount of research and considering budgetary issues. What do you all think of the following bikes.

1. Trek Navigator 2.0 - LBS, new bike, manu. warranty + free tune ups as long as I own the bike.
2. K2 Big Easy Duece - REI, new bike, manu. warranty + 1 free tune up at 200 miles
3. Motobecane Jubilee Deluxe - Ebay, new bike, manu. warranty

I am good at narrowing things down but not so much with making final decisions. My budget is around 300.00 bucks and I am looking for bang for the buck.

Thanks in advance for the help,

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Old 04-19-07, 11:15 AM   #2
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I would stay away from the Trek Navigator. While it is a nice bike, there is really no other ave to take it. My wife has one and loves it, but she is never going to do more than a few miles at a time. If you are looking to go more than a few miles, read 10, I would get a hybrid or a moutain bike. I got my son a 2006 trek 3900 MTB for $280 at my LBS. It's a nice bike and will hold up well. Just get some slicks if you are going to road ride.

Or if you are looking into a road bike, options are endless
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I would say the Trek or the K2. Really you need to ride them and see which one you like better. I've had good luck with Trek in the past. Have you looked at the Giant Sedona.
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I did look at that and it didn't fit me too well but that does remind me of the Specialized I looked at, I think it was an Expedition. I need to look at that again. The K2 addresses a problem I have which is short legs. I am 6' tall with a 29" inseam, that makes me a little hard to fit. I haven't seen the bike but I think the crank forward seat back configuration would lend itself to me being able to plant my feet without injury...lol...

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I'm not really looking at road bikes. My primary concern is comfort because I know that the more comfortable I am the more I will ride. That is why the K2 appeals to me...I will look at the trek 3900, thanks for the recommendation.

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Old 04-19-07, 12:21 PM   #6
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I'm not really looking at road bikes. My primary concern is comfort because I know that the more comfortable I am the more I will ride. That is why the K2 appeals to me...I will look at the trek 3900, thanks for the recommendation.

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The K2 is a nice bike. If comfort though is your driving factor, you'll need to realize that as you get further in cycling, your goals will change......not likely to change, but WILL change. I started out riding a mountain bike converted to an Urban Commuter/tourist and now ride a "Full on" tourng road bike and do marathon distance riding (Century +) under normal circumstance. Granted, my miles are down right now, but it's the end of the semester and I am swamped in school right now.

Before you think I'm a kid now, I'm a 47 year old career changer, hence the college.

Any one of the three though will make a good entry bike.
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I am a 44 year old potential career changer. I have spent the last 17 years in the mortgage industry on the sub prime side. I have been off for a while and prospects aren't looking real great so I thought I would use the time constructively. When my needs and goals change, hopefully I will be working again and will be able to afford a new bike..lol

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I agree with No Navigator !!! My daughter has one. Nice bike but not the easiest to get moving. I have a Trek 7100 Hybrid love it. Go Hybrid if you don't plan on any off roading.. JMO

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I am a 44 year old potential career changer. I have spent the last 17 years in the mortgage industry on the sub prime side. I have been off for a while and prospects aren't looking real great so I thought I would use the time constructively. When my needs and goals change, hopefully I will be working again and will be able to afford a new bike..lol

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Have you thought about going back to school? Think, what would be something you would like to do, and what training would you need to accomplish that? Look at other kinds of jobs, even labour type jobs, to fill your time, and keep the bills paid. You can use your savings, if you have any for education, don't whatever you do, burn through your savings to pay the bills.

Take me for instance, I spent 20+ years in the computer industry, after Y2K finished up, and the .com balloon popped, I ended up out of work. Who wants a 40 something that is looking for 40K a year, when you can get a guy who came here from China, India or the former Soviet Union, took a fly-by-night computer course, who will work for $6 an hour, and lives with 7 other guys, in a rented house, doing the same thing.

Currently I sling boxes for a living, it's heavy work, and man do you burn through a lot of energy, doing it. Next week I am taking a TESOL course while on a weeks vacation, I would like to see other lands, and there is decent money in teaching English in Asia. So, why not? My wife is finishing up her masters degree, we have no children, so when that's done, off we go.
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Thanks Tony, I live on a gravel road which is worse than a lot of trails so I will need a bit better tire and rim set up than a hybrid would offer. I have been looking at comfort mountain bikes and recently discovered the crank forward design which I REALLY like so now I have a whole new set of bikes to look at. Electra, Trek, Giant, K2 etc. the possibilities are endless now and my decision just got harder. I guess I just need to man up and pull the trigger (if I could have thought of one more cliche I would have tossed it it as well).
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It sounds like you have a good plan. My wife is 4 years from retirement so when she retires we will start drawing on the various 401k's, IRA's etc., sell the house, buy a motorhome and I can work where and when I need to. Well that is the dream anyway, reality is another story. I won't burn the savings and our bills consist of a housepayment so I have a little time fortunately.

Oh...as far as something I would like to do, do you think there is a demand for a golf pro that shoots in the 90's or a sommelier thar drinks too much?...lol

Good Luck to you
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... sell the house, buy a motorhome and I can work where and when I need to. Well that is the dream anyway, reality is another story.
My In-Laws did that and after 4 years, they sold the thing and bought a house. I guess it was just too much closeness . They traveled all over the US and Canada and eventually made it to Barrow, Alaska, where their 500,000 mile motorhome engine decided to call it a day. If you ever want to test your patience, try and get a Winnebago engine to Barrow, Alaska in mid September.
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as I said, dreams are great but then reality gets in the way
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