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Old 09-06-08, 11:46 AM   #1
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Been putting it off, i wanna buy a bike today!!

Ok so i need to go to one of my two local bike shops and buy a bike. I'm a 400lb guy. Can somebody give me the make of bike i should buy.

I'm 5-10. Inseam is about 29 inches.
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Old 09-06-08, 12:51 PM   #2
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Specialized Hard Rock Sport. bdinger has had great luck with his, as have others.
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Ok so i need to go to one of my two local bike shops and buy a bike. I'm a 400lb guy. Can somebody give me the make of bike i should buy.

I'm 5-10. Inseam is about 29 inches.
You don't buy a bike as much as you buy a bike shop, it's like buying a car.... You should really visit both shops, if the staff and customers point and snicker, then your in the wrong shop. If you mention your weight and the guy looks like this-> or this->, then your in the wrong shop. If the sales person simply points at front suspension mountain bikes, without asking about what style of riding you want to do, your in the wrong shop.

If the sales person, greets you properly, asks what kind of riding you want to do, and then what kind of budget you have, your in the right shop. If you mention weight, and they say the only issue is probably going to be wheels, then your in the right shop. Most bicycle brands you find in bike shops are pretty similar, at a similar price point. Frames and components are going to be of similar quality, at the same price. Where there are differences is that some companies may have a slightly different "fit" at the same size. You need to try different bikes, until you find one that feels right to you. It's hard to describe, but the bike will kinda whisper to you, lets go ride a million miles together. See, the idea is, that a bike that fits right and feels right, you will want to ride, a bike that doesn't fit right, and doesn't feel right you will not want to ride.
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Congratulations on wanting to make a change in your life. Only advice I'd add is make sure they show you the proper riding position so your knees don't hurt. Padded shorts is another good idea. Good luck.
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http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/bik/823143018.html

Yay or Nay?
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Beings that you are in an inflated used bike market, I would say that's a real good price. Just be sure it's not used up and it does fit.

For that price, a tune up at around $60 still keeps it reasonable.
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You don't buy a bike as much as you buy a bike shop, it's like buying a car.... You should really visit both shops, if the staff and customers point and snicker, then your in the wrong shop. If you mention your weight and the guy looks like this-> or this->, then your in the wrong shop. If the sales person simply points at front suspension mountain bikes, without asking about what style of riding you want to do, your in the wrong shop.

If the sales person, greets you properly, asks what kind of riding you want to do, and then what kind of budget you have, your in the right shop. If you mention weight, and they say the only issue is probably going to be wheels, then your in the right shop. Most bicycle brands you find in bike shops are pretty similar, at a similar price point. Frames and components are going to be of similar quality, at the same price. Where there are differences is that some companies may have a slightly different "fit" at the same size. You need to try different bikes, until you find one that feels right to you. It's hard to describe, but the bike will kinda whisper to you, lets go ride a million miles together. See, the idea is, that a bike that fits right and feels right, you will want to ride, a bike that doesn't fit right, and doesn't feel right you will not want to ride.

+1000!

I would just go and find the right bike shop then buy the bike. Its the most fun and healthy thing you will do.

I'm lucky to have four great LBS, three in C'dale and one in Benton. The C'dale ones are 20 miles one way out of the way. I hit them when I really need something special. The Benton one is on the way home from work.

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specialized hard rock sport. Bdinger has had great luck with his, as have others. :d
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Ok so i need to go to one of my two local bike shops and buy a bike. I'm a 400lb guy. Can somebody give me the make of bike i should buy.

I'm 5-10. Inseam is about 29 inches.
Forget the "make" of bike, just go with the RED one. A 400lb guy...screaming down the road on a bright red bike, is a veritable fire truck - on two wheels!

Duuuuuude, I don't mean to make fun of you, but, seriously, you've GOT to be putting us on, right? In the (unlikely) event I'm wrong, you have my sincerest appologies and best wishes with finding a bike that suits you.
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Forget the "make" of bike, just go with the RED one. A 400lb guy...screaming down the road on a bright red bike, is a veritable fire truck - on two wheels!

Duuuuuude, I don't mean to make fun of you, but, seriously, you've GOT to be putting us on, right? In the (unlikely) event I'm wrong, you have my sincerest appologies and best wishes with finding a bike that suits you.
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Duuuuuude, I don't mean to make fun of you, but, seriously, you've GOT to be putting us on, right?
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Goodluck Bammm - Take a look at Tom's Blog and stories! Biking is definitely a great addiction to replace the food. Welcome! Whatever you buy - keep us posted!

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Forget the "make" of bike, just go with the RED one. A 400lb guy...screaming down the road on a bright red bike, is a veritable fire truck - on two wheels!

Duuuuuude, I don't mean to make fun of you, but, seriously, you've GOT to be putting us on, right? In the (unlikely) event I'm wrong, you have my sincerest appologies and best wishes with finding a bike that suits you.

Now, that is not nice. And the "I don't mean to make fun of you" only means that you are aware that you ARE making fun of him. Even if he IS kidding, you are making fun of anyone who is overweight (and already embarrassed about the idea of getting on a bike but still wants to try).

And that is not nice.

I'm down to 317 - are you saying that I would look like a smaller fire truck on a red bike?

I hope not.
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I'm pretty sure this Nota clown is not coming back. He'll not be reading or even caring about any responses to his troll. Anyway, who has more balls, a 175 pound guy that wants to ride a bike or a 400 pound guy?
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Ya know who cares if the guy was serious or not. I have people in my daily life that bust my balls and have now faith in me. I just made a conscious decision ti stop caring about what others my think about me. I have plenty of other things that keep me motivated and focused on my goals. "this train is leaving with or without you" I always say.
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Go for it.

Last week I saw two different one legged cyclist on the road. That is inspirational as well.
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Go for it.

Last week I saw two different one legged cyclist on the road. That is inspirational as well.
+1 Go for it

Regardless of what you look like, in a month, six monthes, and a year you will feel and look different if you stay with it.

I recall someone mentioned they were riding on a paved path, where there was a dirt trail that ran parallel to the path. A person with one leg riding on the dirt path, passed the rider on the paved path
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I'm down a few pounds. The first shot of me sitting on my arse eating pizza and chips is this years Super Bowl. The second is me, today.

Well, I can't find the pizze pics, thank goodness. Must have deleted it out of disgust.

Anyways, not too many supermodels here, just a bunch of "husky" bikers.

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Forget the "make" of bike, just go with the RED one. A 400lb guy...screaming down the road on a bright red bike, is a veritable fire truck - on two wheels!

Duuuuuude, I don't mean to make fun of you, but, seriously, you've GOT to be putting us on, right? In the (unlikely) event I'm wrong, you have my sincerest appologies and best wishes with finding a bike that suits you.
I don't understand. You think he's "putting us on" because he's asking for advice about a bike, or because you think 400 pound people can't ride?
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Yes, that's a good one. We expect a ride report tommorrow.
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Duuuuuude, I don't mean to make fun of you, but, seriously, you've GOT to be putting us on, right? In the (unlikely) event I'm wrong, you have my sincerest appologies and best wishes with finding a bike that suits you.

EPIC FAIL

Bamm, please do not one individual discourage you, many of us has had detractors and nay sayers, I would ride with you any if I were in your area.

Hope the Specialized worked out, but let us know if your still on the hunt. Craigs list is great way to get your first bike since you can save a few bucks to put toward accessories and safety equipment.
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