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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 09-25-07, 02:27 PM   #1
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Newbie Trying to Decide - help.

I am a big guy (6'5" 300lb), looking to get a bike for some exercise and possibly commuting to work (only about 4 miles on paved, relatively flat bike trails). I'm lucky to live in a very bike friendly community.

My two local bike shops primarly carry Trek or Raleigh bikes. For a starter bike, I am looking at the Trek 7100 hybrid or the Raleigh Detour 3.0 hybrid. Both are around the same price - $320-$350.

Any suggestions for one over the other, or another perfect bike that I don't know about?

Thanks in advance for your responses.
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Old 09-25-07, 02:33 PM   #2
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Becky had trouble with the rear wheel on her Raleigh. Trek seems to fit your bill.
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I can't speak for the Raleigh, but both bikes I've used so far have been Treks and I haven't had any issues with them regarding my size (or bike/component quality).
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Old 09-25-07, 07:01 PM   #4
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Yeah.. I've had to upgrade the rear wheel on my Raleigh to a double-walled rim. Definitely check into that - rim type - on whatever you get.
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Old 09-25-07, 08:49 PM   #5
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Have a look at Trek 4300. 2007 model should be the in same price range. It is better for tall person because of longer cockpit. Plus - it is a real mountain bike, so you may have some fun on singletrack. I am also 6'5" and I always felt cramped in my 22.5" Trek 7500. I sold it eventually, but I still keep 4300 ( also 22.5").
Many people complain about saddle on 4300, but it's the easiest part to change. I still use the stock one.
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Old 09-25-07, 09:00 PM   #6
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I have a 2007 Trek 7100 and am pretty pleased with it so far. I have had my bike for about a month and have put almost 300 miles on it so far. I am about 6'1" and go around 335. I commute about 9 miles each way to work in Boston. My only issue so far with my bike has been a broken spoke. I don't remember hitting any big potholes, but my commute has quite a few potholes.

If you want double walled rims, look at the Trek 7200. It has Matrix 750s instead of the single walled Matrix 550s on the 7100. The 7200 also has an adjustable front suspension and the 7100 suspension fork is set at the factory.

My best advice is to ride any bike you are considering and figure out which one you like better.
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Old 09-28-07, 12:48 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the recommendations. I decided to go with the Trek 7200 for the double walled rims for better strength. So far, it's great!
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Old 09-28-07, 03:49 PM   #8
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Alright, another 7200 owner! My first 2,000 miles were on stock rims before I popped a spoke. I was riding around 350# at the time. You should be able to get 3,000 out of 'em
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