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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 04-23-07, 09:19 AM   #1
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New guy

Hey all,

I'm a new guy, just thought i'd say hi. I'm 6' and 220#. I ride my old (1993) roadmaster costco special from Highschool.

I might be looking for a new bike next summer (when funds arent quite so tight)... what do you guys look for in a bike?

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Old 04-23-07, 10:05 AM   #2
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I just ride 'em. I've learned my lesson that I can shop all I want online, but in the end I'll go with what rides the best. Hell, the last time I bought a bike I was dead set on a Redline 9-2-5. I ended up leaving with a Trek 7.3FX, and it was a hard choice between that, a Volpe and a Redline Monocog 29er. Ironically I'm almost regretting not buying the monocog.. that thing was FUN!

Summary, just start riding them. Find a sales person who doesn't care what you ride or for how long you ride it. Go from there. And just enjoy whatever you ride!
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Old 04-23-07, 10:05 AM   #3
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Welcome.

That's a good question. I'm within an inch of your height and only about 5 lbs less. Unfortunately for me, there wasn't a "right" answer until I put some miles and time behind me.

I'd say stick with your Roadmaster until you figure out where your interests lie. In about 1000 miles you'll start getting an idea or two from boards like this and the folks you come across in your travels. That's about how many miles I put on a WalMart Mongoose MTB before deciding I preferred road biking and bought a used Giant OCR 2 that fit into my budget this Spring. If I had tried to buy a decent bike earlier (read anything other than a discount store bike) I would have picked the wrong thing.

Besides, if you decide to try your hand at working on your own bike, the cost of mistakes is lower.

There are some neat bike platforms out there to suit everybody; on-road, off-road, stunt-doubles, hybrids, recumbents, the list goes on, and you can spend thousands going and any direction.

I think it helped me to find and enter some of my local bike events just to see what was going on and what is available. Usually there are "charity" type events in many disciplines that have "novice" or "fun ride" groupings that let you participate without having to race the guy that weighs less than your left leg on a bike that weighs less than my cell phone and costs more than the car I drive back and forth to work.

It's all fun. If it's not fun, you're not doing it right.
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Old 04-23-07, 02:03 PM   #4
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I might be looking for a new bike next summer (when funds arent quite so tight)... what do you guys look for in a bike?
That is a wide open question and even a tough one for a Shop guy to answer. You need to figure out just how you want to ride and where. If you want to do trails then a Hardtail might be the answer. If you do only paved bike paths then a Cross bike might be for you.

I have such a variety of bikes, that I can almost pull one for what I need to do.

I am an older and heavier rider that looks for comfort. I stay away from aluminum frame bikes and look for good quality Steel which is getting tougher to find. If I had the money, I'd LOVE a Titanium frame bike. Maybe one of these days.

Could you give us some more info on your desires to ride?

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Welcome aboard, Devildog. What do I look for in a bike? At my size, one that fits! And a damn sturdy wheelset to boot.
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Old 04-25-07, 06:40 AM   #6
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Hey all,

I'm a new guy, just thought i'd say hi. I'm 6' and 220#. I ride my old (1993) roadmaster costco special from Highschool.

I might be looking for a new bike next summer (when funds arent quite so tight)... what do you guys look for in a bike?

Billy
Depends, what kind of riding are you planning, there are really 6 kinds of bikes out there:

1) Mountain bikes (MTB), this is the SUV of the cycling world, big knobby tires, suspension sometimes front only (hardtail), and sometimes front and back (full suspension), good for mud, snow, and built tough. Usually have very low gearing, straight handlebars.

1a) Cyclocross, a variation of MTB, designed to go a longer distance then a regular MTB, but still designed for where the road was originally made by cows . May or may not have front suspension, rare to have rear suspension, usually has the MTB style handlebars.

2) BMX, small frames, small wheels, built like a tank, used for certain types of racing, forget them, unless you want to do this kind of racing.

3) Racing Bikes, this is the Ferrari of the cycling world, fast, very skinny tires, everything is designed to be as light weight as possible. Also designed so that the rider is in a position where his wind profile is as small as possible, comfort is often sacrificed for speed. Often have those low spoke count wheels, and very tall gearing. No suspension, have the curved handlebars.

4) Touring bikes, the hatchback of the cycling world, heavier duty then a racing bike, more relaxed geometry, often the handle bars are higher up, and the chainstays are longer then a racing bike, usually get outfitted with racks and fenders by the rider, often have 32 or 36 spoke wheels. Gearing may be lower then a racing bike, but taller then a MTB. No suspension, and have the same handlebars and narrow tires as a racing bike, often mistaken for a racing bike. Designed for long distance and longer rides, where you want to carry 50lbs of gear with you....

5) Hybrids, kind of a cross between the others, often used by new or returning to cyclists, until they decide what they really want, low gearing and heavy duty frame like a MTB, larger wheels and narrower road tires like a road bike.

6) Cruiser aka Beach Cruiser, I think everyone had one of these when they were a kid, good for where you want to show off that you can bike, but where rides are typically on flat ground and less then 2 miles. I remember the ones from the 70's when they had monkey bars and banana seats, handy because your little sister (or better GF) could ride on the back of the long seat.
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Old 04-25-07, 06:53 AM   #7
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Thanks all,

ya'know, I'm a hatchback kind of guy...The tourer sounds like the way to go. I messed my back up in the corps, and cant hunch over for too long... My current bike is nice.. too small though. My old MSGYSGT was a semi-pro racer back in the day, and he helped me set the bike up to get back and forth to work... The tires are much skinnier (sp?) and there is a highpressure tube in the back... Much nicer on the road than it used to be...

Thanks again!
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Read this: Clydesdale/Athena Index Thread - read before posting and ALL the old Stickies linked
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Old 04-25-07, 01:24 PM   #9
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"I messed my back up in the corps, and cant hunch over for too long"

I put some riser handle bars on my bike. They were $12 at the LBS and gave me a couple inches more reach. (or is that "less" reach) Anyway I don't have to bend over as far. A couple inches can seem like a foot!
I'm not sure if they'll fit a RoadMaster though. I think the RM has a smaller dia. bar?? You MIGHT have to get longer cables too. I was able to "stretch" things enough on my bike, but BARELY.
PS- Keep the hubs lubed on the RM. They're pretty low quality and they need all the help they can get for longevity.
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Consider a folding bike, since it is easier to store and transport. Downtube.com ($300 ebay), xooter.com swift ($700). Various Dahon bikes.
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Old 04-26-07, 01:11 PM   #11
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I'm about the same size as you devildogmech. Right now I'm about 6' and 220. I looked around and ended up buying a Trek 1200c. It's a 'comfort' bike and allows you to sit a bit more upright, so it's easier on the back. It also has 700x28 tires, so they're a little wider, and a suspension seat post and wider seat. It has decent quality components and carbon forks. I love it so far. I got mine for 400 slightly used, I think they go for $750-ish new.
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