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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, 10:57 PM   #1
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big guy needs bike

Hello just found this site today and i have a ?
what would be a good bike hybrid/comfort style
i'm 6' 380# need a strong bike under 1k
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Old 05-29-08, 12:51 AM   #2
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Hi Pacfan, I guess we're in the same boat. I just left 380 though, I'm down to 360 in just a couple of weeks doing Atkins. I posted the same question a couple of weeks ago and just like you haven't got many answers so the best thing to do is go to your bike shop and have a peek. I was worried about doing it too cause I didn't want the bike guy laughing and saying "You, on a bike, HA!" But it turns out that most middle range to high end bikes are made to take a beating. I chose a Merida 900D, Getting it on the week-end, Yahoo, but there are many bikes out there that suit us. That's why I thionk people are a little reluctant to answer. What I[m saying is... I think the concensus is tht you have to get out there, look, sit on a couple and buy what feels right for you.

Good luck, I had a great time shopping for my bike and I hope you do too.

I'm paying just over 1200 for mine (in Korea). But Trek has some nice bikes around the 1K mark.

Keep in touch and we''ll try to keep each other motivated!

Ttibby...

PS If a bike shop makes you feel awkward cause you are shopping for a bike at your size, turn around and go to another Bike shop, the service in that one was probably not worth your time and trouble. I went to over half a dozen shops and got treated with respect at all of them.
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Old 05-29-08, 01:13 AM   #3
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Welcome, Pacfan. I can recommend a Trek 7200. I waver between 340-350#'s and my Trek 7200 offered me 7,500 miles of service. Mind you I did rebuild the wheels twice, replace the seat and seatpost. All in all, it held up well under my weight.

As ttibby said, you need to go to your lbs for a fit and recommendation. Try to find one that builds wheels, as you will break a spoke eventually and will need a good wheel builder nearby.

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Old 05-29-08, 03:16 AM   #4
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Welcome Pacfan-
The question gets asked a couple times a week and I think you might be experiencing a bit of forum burnout from the members?
IF you page through a few weeks of posts, you should find many discussions.

One bike of choice is the Hard Rock by Specialized.

Being heavy, the main concern is good wheels.

I'm rather "frugal" myself, so my recommendation is to pick up a decent bike on Craigslist and ride it a couple months. That will give you a much better idea of what to look for. You may decide you want something a little different than what you first thought. That happens a LOT!!!
Then you can go for the new bike and have much greater confidence that you have what you really want.
You can then sell the old bike for what you paid for it, or keep it for a spare.
I ride a 22 year old RockHopper! I've changed bars & gears to better suit my riding conditions and don't really see what a newer bike would gain me. It's a bit heavy, but strong!
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Old 05-29-08, 06:11 AM   #5
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I'm a big fella myself and the Specialized Hardrock series (from sport model on up) are built like tanks. Love mine.
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Old 06-02-08, 01:22 PM   #6
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I am 360, down form 415 (bad scale in the beginning had me lighter than I really was) There are a lot of bikes out there, but make sure you put some money into your wheels. I ride a Specialized Tri-cross, and have 40 spoke Velocity deep-V's on it I have over 3000 miles on the bike without a problem.

Remember, it never gets easier you just get faster!
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Old 06-02-08, 02:09 PM   #7
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+1 Craigs List, get a good rigid frame steel mountain bike.

I would encourage you search the site as this is a common question with a lot of different opinions.

Its kind of like the Ford vs Chevy truck question.
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Old 06-02-08, 02:12 PM   #8
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pacfan, let us know where you are and perhaps some of us can keep our eyes open, or I can set my little web spiders loose looking for a bike for you. Ask around.....I'm pretty good at finding bikes near people.
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thanks guys i'm located in germantown wi.
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http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/bik/704765033.html

It's in Wauwatosa, not too terribly far from you.
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Hey Pacfan! Just on the other side '94 from ya!

As an example, Allis Bike shop, just off of Lincoln Ave (just of 894 - sorta near casa del Badgermac) is a Specialized/Giant/Schwinn dealer and has Hardrocks and some HXRCs for cheap. I got my Hardrock Sport there for $320 back in March. They also got other bikes well within your price range! I prefer them to "W&S", the "other" Bike shop in the area (They sell Trek mostly and some other smaller brands like Breezer, etc.)

We'll have to get together for a ride, I'm a hair south of you on weight but that's due to my riding and support I get here reading everyone's inspirational stories.
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Corey the Bike Fixer sells the Kona Hoss, a Clyde ride. He also sells Jamis.

Johnson's Cycle and Fitness is also a Specialized dealer, but I've never been there.

Ben's Cycle and Fitness is a good dealer in the area, and they own Milwaukee Bicycle Co. <-- Mayor Barrett rode a Milwaukee on Bike to work week (check jsonline.com) and I believe Epstein Uhen (big Co. in the area) bought bikes so folks could travel downtown between their offices.

You also have "the" LBS in the area here, but they tend to focus on Trek (they dropped Giant because Trek made them a very lucrative offer to drop Giant and focus on Trek. They also sell Surly, which have a following here

I previously mentioned Allis Cycle and Fitness. They've done right by me with both my Hardrock and Sequoia purchases.

Some of these may be a drive for you from G-Town up there, but it may be worth it

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Old 06-04-08, 03:52 AM   #13
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Definitely steel, 40 spoke wheelset, mountain/cross. The Trek 720's (cross) can be found for around $100, while a bit on the heavy side, they are very durable.
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