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    Good Los Angeles LBS for fat biker?

    6'6", just clocked in this morning at 330lbs (down 20lbs! (again)

    I want to get back into biking, and I've been doing all kinds of research into "fat guy" bikes.

    The next step, is I'd like to talk to somebody who knows something about bikes to plan the best way to attack this problem. I checked with one LBS (Spring and Bellflower in Long Beach) who basically said they could build anything if I told them the parts I wanted, but that's a bit hands-off. I don't have the experience to design a bike from scratch.

    So, I live in Compton, I go to school in Long Beach, and I currently work in El Segundo. Can anyone suggest a decent bike shop I could work through this design with?

    and while we're on the subject, do you think I"d be better off (with a max budget of $1000, or slightly over) building a 3 or 5 speed bike (1 front gear) from a bare Surly Instigator frame and fork, or buying a Specialized Hardrock and upgrading the wheels, tires, seat post, etc...?

    thanks!
    If 200lbs is a "Clydesdale", then I must be the whole damn team of horses, PLUS the Budweiser carriage!

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    Check out Electra -- they have COOL townie-type bikes, and a few real sweethearts I'd like to own!

    I'm personally drooling over the Rat Fink....and the Bonneville, and the Rockabilly....

    www.electrabike.com

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    Here's every Specialized Dealer in the area

    Specialized Dealers Near: El Segundo CA US
    4.56 miles
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    BEACH CITIES CYCLE
    219 PACIFIC COAST HWY
    HERMOSA BEACH, CA 90254 US
    310-318-6030




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    WHEEL WORLD CYCLERY
    4051 SEPULVEDA BLVD
    CULVER CITY, CA 90230 US
    310 391 5251
    http://www.wheelworld.com




    8.49 miles
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    CYNERGY
    2300 SANTA MONICA BLVD
    SANTA MONICA, CA 90404 US
    310-857-1500
    http://WWW.CYNERGYCYCLES.COM
    customerservice@cynergycycles.com
    Body Geometry Fit Specialist: Steve Carre





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    BIKECOLOGY
    9006 W PICO BLVD
    LOS ANGELES, CA 90035 US
    310-278-0915
    bikecologyla@yahoo.com




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    PV BICYCLE CENTER
    714 DEEP VALLEY DRIVE
    ROLLING HILLS ESTATES, CA 90274 US
    310-377-7441
    http://www.pvbike.com
    Body Geometry Fit Specialist: Steve Bowen





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    SAFETY CYCLE
    1014 N WESTERN AVE
    LOS ANGELES, CA 90029 US
    323 464 5765
    http://www.safetycycle.com




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    ORANGE 20 BIKES
    713 N HELIOTROPE DR
    LOS ANGELES, CA 90029 US
    323 662 4537
    http://www.orange20bikes.com




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    THE BIKE PALACE
    1600 S PACIFIC AVE STE B
    SAN PEDRO, CA 90731 US
    310-832-1966
    http://thebikepalace.com
    bikepal@aol.com
    Body Geometry Fit Specialist: Brad House
    Body Geometry Fit Specialist: Francisco Figueroa




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    UNIVERSAL CYCLES INC
    3717 CAHUENGA BLVD WEST
    STUDIO CITY, CA 91604 US
    818 980 7456
    Body Geometry Fit Specialist: Carlos Bautista




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    THE BIKE CONNECTION
    13711 VENTURA BLVD
    SHERMAN OAKS, CA 91423 US
    818 995 5788




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    RUSSELLS BICYCLES
    8027 E FIRESTONE
    DOWNEY, CA 90241 US
    562-867-2306




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    MARTINS BIKE SHOP
    6067 E OLYMPIC BLVD
    LOS ANGELES, CA 90022 US
    323-832-5304




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    BELLFLOWER BICYCLES
    16442 WOODRUFF AVENUE
    BELLFLOWER, CA 90706 US
    562-867-2306




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    EUROPA BICYCLE CENTER
    6217 VAN NUYS BLVD
    VAN NUYS, CA 91401 US
    818 989 2453




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    GABE'S BIKE SHOP
    5346 HUNTINGTON DR S
    LOS ANGELES, CA 90032 US
    323-226-1921
    gabesbikeshop@sbcglobal.net




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    BURBANK BIKE SHOP
    4400 W VICTORY BLVD
    BURBANK, CA 91505 US
    818-848-6177



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    GLENDALE CYCLERY
    1250 W GLENOAKS BLVD STE A
    GLENDALE, CA 91201 US
    818 246 5551
    glendalecycle@earthlink.net




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    BICYCLE STATION
    6433 N FIGUEROA ST
    LOS ANGELES, CA 90042 US
    323-256-0703




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    WHEEL WORLD CYCLERY
    22718 VENTURA BLVD
    WOODLAND HILLS, CA 91364 US
    310 224 2044
    http://www.wheelworld.com




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    KELLYS BICYCLE
    8700 WOODLEY AVE
    NORTH HILLS, CA 91343 US
    818-894-8976
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    Live in Compton, school in LB and work in El Segundo, WOW!!! Thats a crap load of gang land to ride through. I used to do it looong ago but it was not as bad as it is now.

    First piece of advice, do NOT get anything high end or that LOOKS high end unless you pack some heat when you ride.



    As for a shop, I have not been to any down there in a while but I would suggest asking in the Socal forum here OR head over to STR and ask there. It is a mostly a lot of mountain bikers but a few of us are roadies as well and a lot of them are in/near your area, more so towards LB or El Segundo/Manhattan.

    1000 to 1300 would get you a great bike but I would be looking over my shoulder more then I should if riding in your hood.

    DBD

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
    Here's every Specialized Dealer in the area
    Thanks, but are there any you'd recommend doing business with?
    If 200lbs is a "Clydesdale", then I must be the whole damn team of horses, PLUS the Budweiser carriage!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtbikedude View Post
    [B][COLOR="Teal"]Live in Compton, school in LB and work in El Segundo, WOW!!! Thats a crap load of gang land to ride through.
    I'd be using the bike only to get to and from school and home (13 miles, roughly), and I think I can save quite a bit of trouble and traffic using the LA River or the Compton Creek bike paths. The El Segundo gig is just a summer internship.
    If 200lbs is a "Clydesdale", then I must be the whole damn team of horses, PLUS the Budweiser carriage!

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    It is a bit out of your way, but a shop I have bought several bikes from does a good job of dealing with the concerns of Clydes ( I am 6'3'' and 270-280).

    It is Banning's Bikes in Fullerton. Web: http://www.banningsbikes.com/

    Tell them what it is you want to use it for and how much you want to spend and they will build you the best bike for you for that price.

    Steven

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigmonter View Post
    Banning's Bikes in Fullerton

    Thank you, Sir! That's not nearly out of my way... I guess that's the benefit of a car over a bike, you can go 25 miles while sitting on your duff and without breaking a sweat. ;-)
    If 200lbs is a "Clydesdale", then I must be the whole damn team of horses, PLUS the Budweiser carriage!

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    I used to live in Manhattan Beach. Try REI on Rosecrans. I recommend getting a Novarra Randonee touring bicycle (currently $950 but will be $650 on sale in the Fall) since it is a steel frame bicycle with good wheels built for heavy loads. They also carry a wide range of bikes. The staff is friendly and knowledable.

    Also you can try Performance Bicycle on (Redondo Beach Blvd.) in North Torrance near El Camino College. They have Jamis bicycles.

    Good luck and enjoy your ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brianlojeck View Post
    Thanks, but are there any you'd recommend doing business with?
    Cynergy is my store. They're fantastic, I've never had any of the negative crud that people report about some stores here. The bikes run towards the high end, but for 1-1.2k you'll find something there. They're also very helpful and not salesy/pushy.
    just being

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    I live 2 mi from PV Bike and they're my favorite LBS http://www.pvbike.com . Steve (the owner) is super cool and Miguel (the mechanic/wizard) is the best. I bought my Specialized Sirrus from them and I'm planning on getting a new wheelset hand-built by them. They have a amazing selection (everything from cheap beach cruisers to 5k+ racers) and are mostly geared towards Specialized (I think they have in stock just about every bike in the Specialized catalog). They're the only dealer in the area I've seen that carries Waterman *drool*

    Bikecology in Torrance is pretty cool too, they're near work so I've stopped by there a few times to check them out. They have a much larger show floor but they don't stock as much specialized bikes as PV Bike (mostly giant and trek). Haven't bought much from them so I don't know how their service is. I think I saw a few Hardrocks in stock at PV Bike last weekend
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