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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 05-28-08, 09:09 PM   #1
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Another new Clyde member looking for a bike.

Hello from a relatively new bicycle rider, and a brand new member. I am in early 40's, 275 lbs and 6'-3". Have been riding about 40 to 50 miles a week for about a year or so and want to increase rides and miles. Main goal is to get in better shape, and lose weight. Here is my issue. I have a Trek 7500 hybrid that I truly love, and have never had any problem on it. I can ride it for 50 miles up and down canyons ( slow up, and fast down ), and am not in pain, however I am being told to step up to a real road bike. I don't race, and only ride on paved roads, some of which have some potholes. I want to spend no more than $2k and want to pick the right bike. My local bike shops all tell me that my size doesn't matter at all, and I get a different sales pitch every store I go into. I would prefer to buy a bike built, not to build it myself. Will a road bike really work better for me, or am I just wasting my money, as I said, I have no problems with my Trek 7500. I just want to ride twice a week for about 50-75 miles each ride.

Sorry to ask what has probably been asked a million times.
I appreciate any input that you may have on if a road bike would be better for me, and if so, what manufacturer or model will hold up with me. If you think the Trek is about as good as it will get, should I upgrade rims and hubs?

Thanks again for any input.
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Old 05-28-08, 09:14 PM   #2
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Well, first off......welcome to CLyde's.

OK, a road bike. Look at lots, try them out. Buy the bike that makes you fall in lust.

In my case, it was a Specialized Allez. I did spec the wheels for a heavy strong rider though. I used Velocity Deep V's with 36 spokes. 2 cross on the front and 3 cross weave on the rear wheel spokes., hand built and tensioned. If you love the bike, you'll ride it more, but you know that.

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Old 05-28-08, 09:18 PM   #3
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Ive been looking at road bikes myself alot lately. Im about 35 lbs heavier and the same height. Im going to wait and get one myself until i get to about 250. You will notice a huge difference in the distance if you buy the right bike as always. I can ride alot longer on a comfortable road bike where i would poop out on my trek mtb. Its hard to find steel but they are out there, its a nice ride. The aluminum are getting a bit better with carbon forks and seat posts. Im to scared of full carbon at my size. I think for the cash your looking to spend you can find a very very nice road bike. As for your trek use it for tooling around and crank out the long miles on a roadie. Look at the specialized roubaix, I liked it and it felt comfortable to me anyway. Hope that helps a little.

If you think you can crank out the bigger miles with the trek then keep rolling it.
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Who is telling you you HAVE to ride a road bike? If you like riding your 7500 they can all eat ... their hats.

Riding a road bike is great fun, and its something you can definitely do at your size (I'm 6'3 320). But if you don't want to, then don't!

As far as bike fitting: size DOES matter.

You might be surprised at the difference on a road bike... try a moderate distance test ride and see how it feels. Its all about you, man, and what you want to do though.
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I have a Trek 7500 hybrid that I truly love, and have never had any problem on it. I can ride it for 50 miles up and down canyons ( slow up, and fast down ), and am not in pain...

Will a road bike really work better for me, or am I just wasting my money, as I said, I have no problems with my Trek 7500. I just want to ride twice a week for about 50-75 miles each ride.

I appreciate any input that you may have on if a road bike would be better for me...
If it's working well for you, why change? If it's roadies telling you to become one of them, it's probably because misery loves company
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Old 05-29-08, 08:16 PM   #6
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Thanks for the help

Magoolc1, thank for the help. I appreciate your thoughts.
I will look at a few road bikes this weekend, after my Saturday am ride.

Thanks again,
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Old 05-29-08, 08:20 PM   #7
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Thank You Tom

Tom, thanks to you as well for the info on the rims. I will ride many and only buy the one that I fall in love with. Fortunately I have a wife that lets me get whatever I want.
I will keep reading from the board, and get more great knowledge on what parts my bike should have.

Thanks again.
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Old 05-29-08, 08:25 PM   #8
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Dsimon, thank you for the great uplifting encouragement, I was ready to find out where you ride and pedal over , until I saw realized that I have not been further East than Denver, and that was on a plane.
Anyway, thanks, I will look at bikes and try to go for a 60 mile ride on my trek, and see how I do.

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I'm new to the game but have gotten a lot of great advice here.

Tom's point is key - the wheels! Get good wheels built.

The little I've been riding my new road bike, I *personally* have found it much more fun than my flatbar bike (which is still fun, don't get me wrong).

Go ride a couple, see how they feel. You'll get a lot of great opinions here about what every loves around their bike. Take those, try them, try some others you haven't read about here and let us know!

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