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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 08-01-08, 04:22 PM   #1
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what to buy?

Any and all help appreciated I'm 6-1 260 and used to ride many years ago a road bike (univega) they don't even make em anymore what kind of bike will support a guy my size i don't think a road bike will work but maybe a touring bike again thanks for any help I want to lose some of tjis weight.
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Old 08-01-08, 05:49 PM   #2
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Any and all help appreciated I'm 6-1 260 and used to ride many years ago a road bike (univega) they don't even make em anymore what kind of bike will support a guy my size i don't think a road bike will work but maybe a touring bike again thanks for any help I want to lose some of tjis weight.
Welcome back to bicycling!

I was about 255-260 when I got my schwinn. The general advice you'll get on road bikes for your weight range is to go with old (but still well designed) steel frames and many-spoked wheels.

I don't think I would have hurt my new trek, even if I was riding it when I was your weight, but I do think I would have driven myself nuts stressing the heck out fo the wheels.

If you're determined to buy new, conventional wisdom would say to stay away from the lines of road bike that now offer standard carbon forks on the base model frames.

Me, I've got complete faith in some bike companies to deliver grade-a aluminum and carbon fiber structures that will hold up to guys our size. I think most of the bad rap carbon fiber and aluminum gets from other clydes comes from the early days of the materials' usage in bikes and a reputable bike manufacturer, using modern processes for the materials will do fine.

Wheels on the other hand are no joke. new spoke technology isn't clyde friendly and cheap macine-laced wheels do not hold up under what a clyde has to offer. get good wheels and either learn to true them or prepare to pay to get it done.
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Old 08-01-08, 05:58 PM   #3
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What is your price range? The guys in here can find you a great bike at virtually any price. A few months ago, the "house special" for us bigger guys was the Specialized Hardrock, which can be had for around $400 or so. It seems the new popular bike is the Surly Long Haul Trucker. In full disclosure, I own one of these! This is a steel touring bike, with beefy 36 spoke wheels. I paid 1000 dollars for mine a few weeks ago, which is slightly above average I think, however Surly (and virtually all other manufacturers) will be instituting a price increase very shortly if it hasn't already gone into effect, so there is a good chance you may be paying significantly more. Additionally, the LHT does not come with pedals and the saddle is god awful and you want to replace it quickly (Brooks B17 is a very popular choice), so you will want to budget an additional $150 or so for those expenditures.

If these bikes do not interest you, then I'm sure you will find the guys in here very helpful in finding you the right bike. If you are on a seriously constricted budget, you will likely want to check your local craigslist to see what can be found.
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thanks for the response

I was hoping to stay under 1000 what is a good name and do you think a touring bike is the way to go?
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For your price, a Surly Long haul Trucker would be perfect, but at $950, you won't have much left for accesorries. Performance bike sells the Fuji tourer for a little cheaper, I think around $850. Performance also has the Shwinn World Tour in the the 6 or 7 hundred range. Touring bikes are very versatile, if you want something a little sportier, but still stout, Cyclocross bikes are an option, but will push the limits of your budget.
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I started back riding a couple months ago after a long layoff. Like you, I had ridden road bikes, and was concerned about the weight issue, so I got a used mountain bike.

It didn't take me very long to realize that I wanted to be on a roadie. The truth is, most road bikes will handle the weight, it's the wheels that we have to worry about. That concern can be addressed with at least 32 spoke wheels.

Have you considered buying used? I'm a bit reserved about buying off of eBay for the sole reason that you can't ride the bike and find out how it fits. Craigs List is a great source however. The bike will be in your area and you can go see it and ride it before you buy. You can get some nice late model bikes for a really good price, and probably have some $$$ left over for "bike stuff", or maybe wheels.

A tourer is a good choice, and one I'm surprised more folks don't go for. The Long Haul Trucker (LHT) is getting quite a following though.

As mesasone pointed out, there's a lot of help here, so if you want to let us know your budget and area the chances are someone knows where a bike is that may be a good fit. It's also a good chance that someone will know a good shop in your neck of the woods too.
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Old 08-03-08, 01:58 PM   #7
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+1 Road bike, check Craigs List and focus on a steel framed model. Should be able to get a pretty nice bike in the $200 to $300 range, leaving ample funds for gear, or even a second bike (N+1).
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