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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 08-07-07, 02:21 PM   #1
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Scott S60 vs.?

A LBS has a Scott S60 selling for $579 and I am contemplating buying a road bike. I have been looking for a 56cm trek 1000 but no one has any 2007's left. I am looking for suggestions. I have also looked at some of the deals that BD has. Knowing myself I will probably start with a lower end model and eventually graduate to a more expensive bike in the future. With that in mind I like the idea of a national brand for resale but I realize that these bikes are not an investment so that is really secondary. My main concern is that of durability for my size I am 6'2" 325lbs (on the way back down to 240-250 in time). My goal is to train for a sprint Tri next year. I accomplish much more when I have a specific goal. After high school I lost 100+ so that I could join the Marine Corps so I know this will motivate me more than just wanting to loose weight.

I wonder if BD has a model which would work for what I am looking for or are there any other bikes that you guys/gals could recommend?

Most LBS' have limited availability but also are discounting so I think this might be a good time to buy. My price range is under $1000.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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Old 08-07-07, 09:10 PM   #2
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I think you may want a bigger bike than a 56. I'm short, so I can't say what range you should be in. The wheels on my Trek 1000 wouldn't stay true longer than 50 or 100 miles and I was only 215 at the time. I sold some other stuff and bought a Cross Check, it rides smoother and is built like a tank.
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Old 08-08-07, 05:42 AM   #3
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I have talked to and been roughly measured by two different shops (no test rides) and they both said don't buy anything over a 56cm. I have a long torso and short legs(30-31 in inseam). I went to the second shop to make sure the first shop wasn't sizing me based on the bikes they had in stock and the second shop didnt have a 56cm in stock and told me that is what I needed with out knowing what the other shop had recommended earlier.

I am a rookie at this so I am kind of at their mercy but I am trying to get more than one opinion.

Maybe I should change my name from Tiny to "Odd shapped very large Duck".

I would appreciate others giving me feedback on sizes especially since I am contemplating ordering something from an online vendor.
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Old 08-08-07, 05:44 AM   #4
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I also know that I will likely need to have some wheels built because of my size. Both shops offered to build some but both also said that I should ride the stock wheels untill I have problems with them and then spend the money.

Any thoughts?
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Old 08-08-07, 05:50 AM   #5
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I have talked to and been roughly measured by two different shops (no test rides) and they both said don't buy anything over a 56cm. I have a long torso and short legs(30-31 in inseam). I went to the second shop to make sure the first shop wasn't sizing me based on the bikes they had in stock and the second shop didnt have a 56cm in stock and told me that is what I needed with out knowing what the other shop had recommended earlier.

I am a rookie at this so I am kind of at their mercy but I am trying to get more than one opinion.

Maybe I should change my name from Tiny to "Odd shapped very large Duck".

I would appreciate others giving me feedback on sizes especially since I am contemplating ordering something from an online vendor.
I'm 6 foot, 30-31 inch inseam, and like you I've been told by two different shops I need a 56 cm bike.
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Thanks I was concerned but I had the same issues while being fit for golf clubs. I played +2" clubs for 3-4 years assuming from my height that I would have to have longer clubs. I now play standard clubs and have much better results.

Thanks for the reply.

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i currently ride a scott, although its a reflex (mountain bike) good bike, it's comparable to any of the other bikes out there in component wise. If I were to do it again, I would have gone with a hardrock (if that gives you my impressions of Scott) nothing wrong with them, but the wheel selection on mine wasn't as good as a comparibly priced Hardrock sport.
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I'm 6 foot, 30-31 inch inseam, and like you I've been told by two different shops I need a 56 cm bike.
I'm 5'11", with a 30 inch inseam, but I ride a 58cm Cross-Check.

There is a current trend in road biking these days to have a smaller frame and longer seat post, compact geometry, etc. My bike is set up in the old style -- handful of seatpost above the top tube, etc. Makes it very comfortable....

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So with my longer torso I might be better off going with the larger 58cm so that I get a bit longer top tube?
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I have been reading and comparing geometry from three different big names. Trek, Cannondale, and Felt. I see that most are very close in each measurement (within .5 in). I am assuming that these differences are insignificant?

How long of a test ride should I take before deciding on a bike?

Sorry for the ultra-rookie questions.
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There are all sorts of ways you can adjust the bike to fit -- swapping stems, etc. -- but the key is your comfort. My setup works for me; your mileage may vary. I used to do lots of touring, so my body is comfortable in a certain geometry; I am also a fat bahstid with gorilla arms, so the more upright position is a nice compromise.

As you are new to this, the best thing to do is go to your LBS and get fitted properly (an LBS near me uses a laser scanner) and have them help you choose the bike that works best. Test rides are worth taking, but ultimately it is time in the saddle and constant (or at least that's how it feels) tinkering to get the bike right. Buy the one that speaks to you.
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