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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 01-16-08, 01:02 PM   #1
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Good entry-level fixed gear bikes for a big guy?

I've done a search and seen a few people in this thread riding fixed. . . I'm looking to buy a $500-$1K singlespeed/fixed gear, and was wondering if anyone could recommend one that will put up with a 6'3", 260 lb. guy with, I guess, pretty strong legs. Is there a best frame type? Perhaps more importantly, has anyone had good/bad experiences with any brands of wheels, cranks, etc.? BTW, I'm, um, one of those people who just tend to break stuff.
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I've done a search and seen a few people in this thread riding fixed. . . I'm looking to buy a $500-$1K singlespeed/fixed gear, and was wondering if anyone could recommend one that will put up with a 6'3", 260 lb. guy with, I guess, pretty strong legs. Is there a best frame type? Perhaps more importantly, has anyone had good/bad experiences with any brands of wheels, cranks, etc.? BTW, I'm, um, one of those people who just tend to break stuff.
welcome - the NFL line backer Dhani Jones rides a surly fixie and he's ~240 I think.

www.surlybikes.com/

http://www.nfl.com/players/dhanijone...e?id=JON235149

edit: also check the bike pictures thread for specs and equipment
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While I haven't used their single/fixed gear setups, I have bikes from both surly and salsa, and they both offer single/fixed gear setups.

I'd look at:

surly steamroller complete ($630 at jensonusa.com)
salsa casseroll single ($850 at jensonusa.com)

FWIW, I ride my Surly LHT a lot, and have had no problems with it (I'm 6' 2", 225 currently), and I also have the Salsa Casseroll that I love to ride as well. Both good frames in my experience.

Good luck in your search!

(ps: i'm not thrilled with the "mustard" color of the single speed casseroll, but to each their own)
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I'm also a big (in more ways than one) fan of Surly bikes, and have a Long Haul Trucker as well. Terrific bike. I'm 6' - 2" and 260 lbs. My LHT is set up with 700c x 28 tires, and is used exclusively as a road bike, as opposed to touring. I have only about 600 miles on it, but have had no problems with it. Great bike, smooth ride, shifts great (bar-end shifters), 36 spoke wheels.

It's very hilly where I live (Kentucky) so a SS wouldn't do for me. I also travel a lot for my job (which is why I don't have over 1000 miles on the LHT), and am thinking about having one of those new Surly "Travelers-Check" frames (like a Crosscheck, but with S&S couplers) built for me with specs just about the same as my LHT, so I can throw it into a suitcase and take it with me.
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welcome - the NFL line backer Dhani Jones rides a surly fixie and he's ~240 I think.

www.surlybikes.com/

http://www.nfl.com/players/dhanijone...e?id=JON235149

edit: also check the bike pictures thread for specs and equipment
By the way, my office is in a building right next to the Bengal's practice field. One morning last year on my way into work I happened to see a big football-player type on a single-speed bike wheel into the Paul Brown Stadium parking garage. I bet it was him!
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By the way, my office is in a building right next to the Bengal's practice field. One morning last year on my way into work I happened to see a big football-player type on a single-speed bike wheel into the Paul Brown Stadium parking garage. I bet it was him!
could be - supposedly he takes into the changing room with him and keeps it next to his locker/stall/pads'n'uniform storage place
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Thanks for all the quick replies! I have about 2 months (until it gets warm enough) to make up my mind, so all info is welcome.

Maybe a Surly's meant to be. Dhani Jones played for Michigan when I went to school there, so that's, what, 2 degrees of separation between me and a Steamroller?
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I'm close to exactly the same size as you...I built up a bomb-proof IRO SS/FG bike. Only suggestion is to go with 32 or 36 Spoke Velocity Deep-V wheels.
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I'm 6'2" and 235lbs (lost about 10lbs in the last few months).

I have managed to crack the chain stays on a Steamroller but Surly replaced the frame quickly and said that there had been a problem with the heat treating which caused the problem (this was about 3 or 4 years ago so I think you're safe). I only mention the problem with the earlier frame to highlight their customer service. They did want me to do the exchange through a local shop but other than that relatively minor inconvenience the service was prompt and courteous.

The newer Surly went through a dooring that landed me in the hospital for a few days with nary but a small (barely perceptible) ding in the downtube. I had it checked by two shops and they said the alignment was just fine. I recently replaced that frame because I wanted a larger bike. But it served me well for 3 or 4 years and has plenty of life left in it.

Surly is a good way to go.
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I'm close to exactly the same size as you...I built up a bomb-proof IRO SS/FG bike. Only suggestion is to go with 32 or 36 Spoke Velocity Deep-V wheels.
I ride an IRO Mark V myself now (I wanted brake cable guides). Regarding the wheels I had a set built up with the Surly hubs (which are made by Formula) with DT Alpine III triple butted spokes. 13/15/14 gauge. 13g by the spoke head where breaks are most likely to happen. I've barely had to true them in the 2 years I've been riding them.
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I saw a guy who was about 260 or more racing in the Prospect Park night races a couple years ago. He was riding an IRO Mark V. I ride an IRO Rob Roy and go about 225 and it's held up after riding through some big potholes and the usual crappy roads. 36h Deep Vs should hold up to your thrashing.
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I personally love the schwinn madison
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Thanks for all the quick replies! I have about 2 months (until it gets warm enough) to make up my mind, so all info is welcome.

Maybe a Surly's meant to be. Dhani Jones played for Michigan when I went to school there, so that's, what, 2 degrees of separation between me and a Steamroller?
nice - now see if you can get them to do a custom paint job (it'll look better than gluing fake wolverine fur to the frame......trust me )

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The bike as a whole isn't as much an issue as the wheelset. Fixed gear frames, usually track frames, are overbuilt to handle the excess stress a frame can encounter with track racing. The wheelset supports both the frame and the rider. Get some quailty 32 hole hubs and have them laced to a strong rim. If you are the gorilla you say you are, 36 spoke hubs and wheels may be in order.

I have the infamous Motobecane Messenger with no name 32 hole hubs and Jalco (ever heard of them?) rims, which kind of a deep V. After the first ride, I had to retension the rear wheel, but they seem to be holding up under my 280 pound rear.
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Wow two other IRO guys...cool

Can't wait for spring so I can commute with my IRO!!


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I think this Redline looks interesting and the price is certainaly right. The other bikes look nice as well.

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/fixed.html
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I am thinking of getting one my self. I have an SS mtb but want something for the road as well. I am also a fan of Kona so I went for a ride on a friends "Paddy Wagon" (650$). It was a tad small for me but it felt pretty stable through the turns and descending. Climbing it had some flex but what would ya expect with my big arse on it.

One thing I like about it is it has a hub that allows you to ride it as a fixie or with a freewheel. I had it set up as a fixie but for those days I am feelin' lazy I can swap it over and use a freewheel.
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I built one for myself, the EAI Brassknuckle in my signature. It's geared too low for any more serious riding but it's a blast to ride to and from work, the shop and generally tooling around in town. The wheels are on loan from my other fixed gear(Sannino also in my sig).

The frame was very cheap but has held up great, the cranks and bars were also pretty cheap but work.
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There is a Specialized Single Cross you might want to check out.
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If you want better than entry level, for good &&, buy a 80's vintage road bike, a Single Speed wheel and a conversion crank/BB, and there ya go!

I'm still really thinking of converting my raleigh to a Fixie/SS.
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I'm 6'3 240-245 depending on my routine (lotta weights) and I'm on a 59 IRO Mark V that I picked up a few months ago.

I ride around to bars, errands, fun... maybe 35-50 miles a week, depending on if I commute on it.... nothing *really* hard. All the stock components have held up for me just fine... even the wheel set (stock 32s). I did start running some wider tires than the 23s that came on it, though. I think if these wheels ever take a chit then I'll go with a set of Deep Vs.

Tony at IRO was a big help when I was looking, I highly recommend you check them out.
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I think this Redline looks interesting and the price is certainaly right. The other bikes look nice as well.

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/fixed.html
I am not quite as heavy as some (barely into clyde range and usually drop back out by mid summer) I have a Redline and love it. It was a great value right out of the box, all I had to do to it was change out the rear cogs to get a slightly lower ratio for my older self...Looks like Redline changed the colors for '08.

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