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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 05-23-08, 07:09 PM   #1
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What bike should I buy?

First off I am brand new to this site, and I have to say all of you with a weight loss story are an inspiration to me.
I'll be 33 in a week and I weigh somewhere near 475 but I am looking to change that. I used to be a bmx hooligan (back in the late 80's before I got my drivers license) but I have not touched a bike sence I started driving. I am fully committed to losing a vast majority of my excess tonnage and I think getting back on a bke can be a big part of that goal.
So now I will ask the question that has been asked 1000 times before. What bike would be best for me? I would prefer something more mountain bikeish rather than street bike like. (I.E. fat tires, very rugged ect. )and I have a budget of $500. Oh yes I currently reside in the area of Portland Oregon which thankfully, as I understand is very bicycle friendly.
Any help you can all give me would be wonderful and once again you are all an inspiration.
Thanks for your time,
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Old 05-23-08, 07:15 PM   #2
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Welcome and good luck. Just deciding to do something about your health is a positive step. Since I am not a MTB rider, I will leave to others to suggest, but I would think a hardtail with a rigid fork will probably be the best option. Might also check your local craig's list as well.
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Old 05-23-08, 08:48 PM   #3
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Welcome to bikeforums, Godzilla! For you, thankfully, there's an option. Find yourself a 2007 (not 2008) Specialized Hardrock SPORT. The "Sport" model comes with tough-as-nails 36 spoke wheels, and plenty of other big-dude friendly components. The 2008, for some reason, now has 32 spoke wheels, which aren't as big guy friendly as the previous years. Only one thing I'd change - get some big Wellgo BMX pedals - big ole platforms that are going to be friendly for your likely wide feet.

I started riding my Hardrock Sport when I was north of 400lbs, probably about 410 or so - and it held me. Hell, it held me at 370-ish doing some pretty crazy MTBing last year. I paid ~$350 for mine, and I still have it, held up for nearly 2,000 miles before I needed to do anything to it. I'll keep it forever, great great bike.

Other than that, just ride!
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Or try Giant Yukon. That bike is about $500 new and you can pick up used version to get started for about half.

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Thanks for the advice everyone I'll be checking out my Local bike shops this week looking for one that's not full of snobby bicycle elitist.
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Thanks for the advice everyone I'll be checking out my Local bike shops this week looking for one that's not full of snobby bicycle elitist.
Good luck, and welcome aboard!
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Welcome to the forum neighbor. I am a couple hours north of Portland! Just remember, don't get discouraged, getting back on a bike and building up tolerance (especially the saddle, my butt still aches) just takes time!
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