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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 05-09-07, 05:23 AM   #1
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What Type Of Bike

Hello Everybody. It's been a while since I've been on this site. This particular subforum wasn't around back then. Good to see its here. As a Clyde, I'm looking for a new bike. My current one is on its last legs, and it served me well for 20 years.

A lot has changed since I purchased that one. There are many types of bikes out there. Hybrids, Road, Mountain, Comfort, etc.

I ride on the streets nearly ALL of the time. Possibly a light light trail once in a blue moon. I ride for fitness. My current bike is a mountain bike with slick tires on it. That was what was pushed on me for holding my weight at the time.

I'm still a clyde, and can't decide what type of bike to purchase. Not specific models, but type. I walk into the local shop, and tell my story, and the salesperson asks how much I want to spend. Once I tell him, he points out a Hybrid, a Road, a Mountain, and a Comfort bike all at that price range and tells me they're all good. Well, great! Which do you recommend for a man of my stature? "They're all good."

Once I figure out if I want a hybrid, road, mountain, or comfort bike, then I can start comparing models. But right now its too overwhelming. I only buy a bike every 20 years, so I want to pick the right type at least.

What type would you recommend for a Clyde (6'5", 280) who rides on the streets for fitness / potential weight loss? No commuting or racing or mudding.

Thanks for your help!
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Old 05-09-07, 05:35 AM   #2
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i weighed 245 when i started.

i'm not going to tell you what style of bike you should get. all i'll do is share my experiences;

i started on a db comfort bike from a chain sporting goods store. it was fairly comfortable. however, the crankset was terrible and i had to replace the bb after several months. also, i had constant problems with the rear wheelset. it was tuned and replaced several times. ended up, db replaced it with a mtn bike wheelset. but, by then, the other components were wearing out. the bike is now in pieces in a box for me to build up from scratch someday.

i then went to a trek hybrid. i'm not on compact geometry roadie.

my experience with the hybrid is that, the heavier you are, the less likely a stock hybrid suspension fork will work. even at max preload, i could lean forward and compress the shocks all the way. also, suspension seatposts are annoying to me. i don't know if my weight has anything to do with it, but, invariably, mine develop a wobble where the saddle bracket connects to the post.



originally, i thought i wanted an all-around bike that can do just about everything. i was wrong. it didn't take long before i was in love with road cycling. short of an aggressive hybrid (like the trek 7.x line or specialized sirrus, etc.), i don't think there are many hybrids that will make a roadie "happy." the more serious i became, the more i realized i wanted a bike dedicated to each type of riding i did. an "all purpose" bike may do several things marginally well, but doesn't do any one thing really well.

now, my trek 7300 is my bad weather, rough surface, family bike. and i'm already looking to upgrade cranks, seatpost and saddle.

i considered cyclocross bikes like the specialized tricross comp. great bike. every now and then i wish i had bought it (usually when i'm on an unfamiliar road/path and it turns to course gravel). also, there's a cool little loop i used to ride around a quarry with a gravel/dirt path. can't do that with my roadie. BUT, i spend 95% of my time on the road...if i had a 'cross bike, i'd probably be wishing i'd have went with a full roadie.

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Hello Everybody. It's been a while since I've been on this site. This particular subforum wasn't around back then. Good to see its here. As a Clyde, I'm looking for a new bike. My current one is on its last legs, and it served me well for 20 years.

A lot has changed since I purchased that one. There are many types of bikes out there. Hybrids, Road, Mountain, Comfort, etc.

I ride on the streets nearly ALL of the time. Possibly a light light trail once in a blue moon. I ride for fitness. My current bike is a mountain bike with slick tires on it. That was what was pushed on me for holding my weight at the time.

I'm still a clyde, and can't decide what type of bike to purchase. Not specific models, but type. I walk into the local shop, and tell my story, and the salesperson asks how much I want to spend. Once I tell him, he points out a Hybrid, a Road, a Mountain, and a Comfort bike all at that price range and tells me they're all good. Well, great! Which do you recommend for a man of my stature? "They're all good."

Once I figure out if I want a hybrid, road, mountain, or comfort bike, then I can start comparing models. But right now its too overwhelming. I only buy a bike every 20 years, so I want to pick the right type at least.

What type would you recommend for a Clyde (6'5", 280) who rides on the streets for fitness / potential weight loss? No commuting or racing or mudding.

Thanks for your help!
So you ride on the road, that takes mountain bikes off the list. So road, hybrid or comfort. Take a spin on each, and see what you think, it depends on how much you want to ride, if most of your trips are 10 miles or less, primarily on MUPs, the comfort bike probably fills your needs. If you want to do some distance riding, say 50 miles or longer, possibly ride some centuries, then you need a road bike.

Bikes are getting more and more specialized, it's not uncommon for one person to have a mountain bike for trails, a road bike for distance, and a hybrid for around town, maybe the occassional shopping trip. What I would like to do, is pick up an older road bike, and rebuild it over time. Doing centuries on my current moutain bike with skinny tires, I don't think so....
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Hey Fleet!

There's a few discussion threads on the different types of bikes in my sig (and read the quotes at the beginning). I would suggest staying away from a hybrid and look at either a Cyclocross or Touring. Both are road bikes with beefier frames meant to take abuse. Touring bikes have extra braze-ons for waterbottles, fenders, racks, etc... and tend to have a slightly more relaxed geometry for comfort. I have a road bike from the 80's (Nishiki Sport) that is fine and I'm 270 right now. The thing you want to invest the most in will be the wheels (again, check my sig for discussions). Realize that the bike you want to get is the one you'll want to ride for the most amount of hours and go from there.
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Since you are going to be riding on the road, it would seem to make sense to get a road bike. Most companies sell a comfort road bike that allows a little more upright position and better ride comfort. These include the Trek Pilot, Giant OCR, Bianchi C2C, Cannondale Synopse and Specialized Roubaix lines, among others. These bikes will be almost as comfortable as a touring bike, but won't be nearly as heavy and will be more maneuverable.
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If I were to put you on a Bike I think the first one I would put you on would be a TREK 7.6 FX.

Good Solid Frame Set with a VERY good Carbon Fiber Fork. Tried and true 9 speed drivetrain with Shimano V-Brakes which should be a bit better than what you have on your current bike. There is not a single thing on this bike that is a gimic or something that would give you a problem.

If you thought a Road Bike more suited you, I would then put you on a TREK 1000. This bike is a heck of a value and it is more bike than I've seen in a long time. Stout Aluminum Frame, Carbon Fiber Seat post and Fork for some comfort and a stout pair of rims. With a triple crank you would have more than enough gearing to get you through almost anything.

The BEST reccomendation that I can make is find someone that will FIT you on the Bike. If it's going to cost you extra, spend the money and do it! You keep your bikes for a long time so look at this as an investment, your comfort should be the primary concern.

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I bought a Coda Elite. A hybrid that is meant for the road. Actually I consider it more of a flat bar road bike, but it does have a lot of MTB components. It is a very comfortable bike and a real pleasure to ride, it has a steel frame and very good quality components, especially for the money. Do not forget to look at the Jamis lineup of bikes, they are very good values, especially if you are interested in a steel framed bike.
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A roadish bike for a 280 lb Clyde, yes? A major bike magazine seems to feel that cyclists are 150 lb. Sometimes it seems that many bikes are designed for 150-170 lb riders and have reasonable handling and safety factors in that weight range. Yes, better touring bikes designed for loaded, long distance touring are heavier. The best ones can handle a heavy rider with touring gear with safety and good handling. Surly, Bruce Gordon, and other small companies are worth looking into.
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I bought a Coda Elite. A hybrid that is meant for the road. Actually I consider it more of a flat bar road bike, but it does have a lot of MTB components. It is a very comfortable bike and a real pleasure to ride, it has a steel frame and very good quality components, especially for the money. Do not forget to look at the Jamis lineup of bikes, they are very good values, especially if you are interested in a steel framed bike.
+1 .. OP,DO visit their site,great selction,easy site to follow AND they offer STEEL bikes,a friend of my nephews has a Coda. It's WAY better than Hybrids I've owned and tried.I like drop bars better though.If the flat bars appeal,no reason they won't,the Coda's a good choice,there are several different Coda models.
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Thanks for all the information. I believe the correct type of bike for my uses is a CycloCross bike. It's made for road use and can take a trail if needed. Its faster than my old bike. The only downside is how expensive they are. But it is what it is.

Now to figure out which ones to look at. My budget is <$1,100. Any recommendations? There is no Jamis dealer near me by the way. I have Trek, GaryFisher, Cannondale, Kona, Specialized, etc...I'm also not afraid to buy a kit online like IbexBikes.com. But I'm not driving for hours to get to a Jamis dealer.

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Thanks for all the information. I believe the correct type of bike for my uses is a CycloCross bike. It's made for road use and can take a trail if needed. Its faster than my old bike. The only downside is how expensive they are. But it is what it is.

Now to figure out which ones to look at. My budget is <$1,100. Any recommendations? There is no Jamis dealer near me by the way. I have Trek, GaryFisher, Cannondale, Kona, Specialized, etc...I'm also not afraid to buy a kit online like IbexBikes.com. But I'm not driving for hours to get to a Jamis dealer.

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Lots of great options at your pricepoint for a cyclocross bike.

I am 6'4'' and 280ish ride a Surly Cross Check size 62 built up by LBS with Campy Mirage etc...I really like the feel of the steel bike and its fast compared to my retired hybrid Aurora.

Kona's Jake the Snake, LeMond Propad are also good at this price point.
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Hi Fleet!

Check out the Kona Dew series of hybrids. Good value, strong construction, comfortable ride. If you want, they can even be converted to road bars (I did this with mine). Happy shopping!
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