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    Due to the increasing gas prices and my expanding waistline I have decided to get some exercise as well as save a few bucks on gas. So my question is what bike would best suite my needs. First off I am 63 and about 315lbs. I will be riding eight miles one-way to work and then back home after work. On all paved roads but they can be rough at times during pothole season. I live in Michigan and we get pot holes up here you could lose small children in. I went to my LBS yesterday and looked at a few but was just unsure if they would hold up under my weight any advice would be great. I really liked the Specialized Sequoia. My budget is about $700.00.

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    Depending on how bad the roads are, the 25c tires on that bike could make for a downright bone-jarring ride. You may want to look into cyclocross bikes as there are a few sort of near that price range that offer the ability to run much larger tires. They typically come with pretty beefy wheelsets as well.

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    The Sequoia should be OK but for one thing, the wheels. a 28 spoke front wheel is not the best plan for a Clyde. You could look into other bikes with a better suited wheel set or just get the sequoia with the understanding that the wheels are essentially disposable. A tried and true wheel set is a 32 spoke Shimano Ultegra hub with Mavic Open Pro rims, or Velocity Deep V rims and double butted spokes. If you're more concerned with durability than you are with weight you could go with a 36 spoke count (I'd recommend going this route).
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    I suggest getting a touring bike. It will be made to take racks and panniers. I think the Sequoia lacks that feature.

    It will also use larger tires, I suggest you use at least a 32c. For commuting where time is an issue I would get a high quality touring tire like this in a 35c
    http://www.schwalbetires.com/marathon_supreme

    I don't know if Surly makes a frame large enough. That would be over your budget, but the first thing I'd look at is a Surly LHT Complete. You will want tougher tires than what it has.
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    FYI the Sequoia with a carbon seatpost, that all 3 models have, has a weight limit of 250lbs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by late View Post
    I don't know if Surly makes a frame large enough. That would be over your budget, but the first thing I'd look at is a Surly LHT Complete. You will want tougher tires than what it has.
    The LHT comes up to a 62cm with a 61cm TT. I took a few test rides on this and found it to be small for me (6' 2", 37" PBH) but IMMV.
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    Quote Originally Posted by austin8214 View Post
    Due to the increasing gas prices and my expanding waistline I have decided to get some exercise as well as save a few bucks on gas. So my question is what bike would best suite my needs. First off I am 63 and about 315lbs. I will be riding eight miles one-way to work and then back home after work. On all paved roads but they can be rough at times during pothole season. I live in Michigan and we get pot holes up here you could lose small children in. I went to my LBS yesterday and looked at a few but was just unsure if they would hold up under my weight any advice would be great. I really liked the Specialized Sequoia. My budget is about $700.00.
    I think the usual recommendation on this forum is the Specialized Hardrock. Or any good mountain bike in your size. You might want to replace the stock tires with something more suitable for paved surfaces. While there's nothing wrong with knobby tires on pavement, it will slow you down a little.

    Are you including the cost of a helmet, lights, rack, and panniers in your budget?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Historian View Post
    I think the usual recommendation on this forum is the Specialized Hardrock. Or any good mountain bike in your size. You might want to replace the stock tires with something more suitable for paved surfaces. While there's nothing wrong with knobby tires on pavement, it will slow you down a little.

    Are you including the cost of a helmet, lights, rack, and panniers in your budget?
    No my budget is for the bike only no extras.

    I have looked at the cyclocross bikes in my area but they start at $1,000 and I do not have that much to spend at this time. If that is the better way to go then I may need to wait a few months until I can save up a few more bucks. But I really need to get with the exercise program due to my heart condition.

    Does anyone have a link they could provide of a nice cyclocross style bike in my price range?

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    Quote Originally Posted by austin8214 View Post
    Does anyone have a link they could provide of a nice cyclocross style bike in my price range?

    I picked up a '07 Kona Jake for under $700 last year.

    I seem to recall there's at least one or two others priced well under $1000.

    Granted, this option will require finding a bike shop willing to deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by austin8214 View Post
    No my budget is for the bike only no extras.

    I have looked at the cyclocross bikes in my area but they start at $1,000 and I do not have that much to spend at this time. If that is the better way to go then I may need to wait a few months until I can save up a few more bucks. But I really need to get with the exercise program due to my heart condition.

    Does anyone have a link they could provide of a nice cyclocross style bike in my price range?
    Why are you getting a cyclecross bike for a 16 mile commute on paved roads? Also, do you already have the rack, panniers, lights, helmet, etc, or are you planning on commuting without them?

    At the risk of being thought trollish, I suggest you reconsider the MTB option I mentioned above. 390 bucks gets you a Specialized Hardrock Sport. A hundred gets you a rack and panniers. 50 more gets you a helmet and lights. So for less than 600 bucks you are rolling. Just like Ben in Nebraska, one of the regulars on this forum, except Ben outweighed you by about 50 pounds or so when he started.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Historian View Post
    Why are you getting a cyclecross bike for a 16 mile commute on paved roads? Also, do you already have the rack, panniers, lights, helmet, etc, or are you planning on commuting without them?

    At the risk of being thought trollish, I suggest you reconsider the MTB option I mentioned above. 390 bucks gets you a Specialized Hardrock Sport. A hundred gets you a rack and panniers. 50 more gets you a helmet and lights. So for less than 600 bucks you are rolling. Just like Ben in Nebraska, one of the regulars on this forum, except Ben outweighed you by about 50 pounds or so when he started.
    Well I do not plan to commute right away. I plan to gradually work into things. The hills on the route to work are going to be no picnic. I have a helmet my wife got me for my birthday last week so that is taken care of. As far as the mountain bike I guess I would just rather have more of a road bike it is more comfortable for me to ride for some reason and I also want something that is going to last me. Like I said I am not beyond spending a little more cash. All advice is appreciated.

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    If you have some real killer hills the lower gearing of a mountain bike may be a real plus.

    If you play around with stems and handlebars and maybe try some different sizes other than what's suggested, you may find a fit more to your liking.

    Plus, when you finally do get that dream road bike, you'll have a mountain bike handy to beat the snot out of on the trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by austin8214 View Post
    Due to the increasing gas prices and my expanding waistline I have decided to get some exercise as well as save a few bucks on gas. So my question is what bike would best suite my needs. First off I am 63 and about 315lbs. I will be riding eight miles one-way to work and then back home after work. On all paved roads but they can be rough at times during pothole season. I live in Michigan and we get pot holes up here you could lose small children in. I went to my LBS yesterday and looked at a few but was just unsure if they would hold up under my weight any advice would be great. I really liked the Specialized Sequoia. My budget is about $700.00.
    I would avoid the Sequoia. It has low spoke count wheels that you *will* need to replace relatively quickly. REI is having their sale through the end of march for members. With a membership, a Novarra Randonnee will be just around $760 or so +tax. It has 36 spoke wheels, a rack, and a pretty broad range of gearing. It should be able to handle your weight plus a light commuter type load fairly easily.
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    Well here is what I decided to go with. http://russellsfitness.com/itemdetails.cfm?ID=52 The LBS is going to upgrade the tires to Nimben 700X35 at no extra cost. Both wheels are 32 spoke so hopefully I will only need to upgrade the rear wheel in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by austin8214 View Post
    No my budget is for the bike only no extras.

    I have looked at the cyclocross bikes in my area but they start at $1,000 and I do not have that much to spend at this time. If that is the better way to go then I may need to wait a few months until I can save up a few more bucks. But I really need to get with the exercise program due to my heart condition.

    Does anyone have a link they could provide of a nice cyclocross style bike in my price range?
    Check out Bikesdirect.com.

    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/road_bikes.htm

    They have the Surly Cross Check at $900 and the LHT at just under $1000. They're not great deals but they'll deliver if there's no Surly dealer in your area. Surly frames are strong, comfy and make great commuters. If you have a Surly dealer in your area, you may be able to find one for around the same price and get help from that shop.

    There are a few other offerings on BD if your budget is really tight, but you should plan for some upgrading if you go with one of their brands.

    Redline and Kona make some inexpensive cylclocross bikes.

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