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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 11-03-08, 10:35 AM   #1
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Hello everyone, my name is Benjamin, but most just call me Esquire. Im 20 years old and weigh 211lb. with a body fat percentage of 24% at a height of 5'11. I use to cycle a lot back in High School and now that I am in College (Junior) I have decided to start up cycling again and bought myself a Scattante Americano single gear, just because paying for college can get expensive ($9,000 a semester cash).
Now living in Lynchburg, Virginia has its ups and downs...we usually call them mountains and hills and being on a single gear it can get really tiresome going up the hills like all the mountain bikes do. Even though I am up in the mountains I can still go riding everyday (thought ahead and bought winter riding clothes) and try to as much as I can ride 5-10 miles just to say I did something.
Now for my question; I am looking into buying a new bike (one with gears this time!) though I do not have alot of money to buy with so I thought I should ask others about this. This is what I am wanting in my next bike:

$1,000-$1,750 price tag
can handle my weight and height (right now I am riding a 58, is this okay?)
nice for hill climbing being that I will be doing alot of this
gears....pretty much explains itself.


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Old 11-03-08, 10:57 AM   #2
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You weight is not a problem.
Get a bike with three front Chain Rings (sprockets)
My small front sprocket is 24 tooth.


Get in shape before buying a New Bike.
58m sounds about riight.
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Old 11-03-08, 11:27 AM   #3
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Different manufacturs have different ways of measuring, soa 58 for one bike might be a 56 or a 60 for another. The best bet is to ride anything you might think you want to buy and go from there.

I second the idea of a triple up front with the terrain you have to ride.

With a budget of 1-1.5 K the world is yours for a good quality bike. There should be more choices than you probably wnat to learn about before buying, lol. You seem to have some experince with Performance since you have a Scettante. Performance also has really good deals on Fuji bikes right now, as well as sveral others including Scettante.

If it were me, I would look into either Cannondale CAAD9 or just below. Heck, I'll even throw one in there for 10 wheels and suggest Felt. The ususal ssupects of Specialized Allez and Trek are always an option too.

If you think you will be using it to commute, consider a Cyclocross bike as well. The Bianhi Volpe if you can find one left over is a smoking good deal, and can be used for road or moderate off road.
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Like mentioned I would look at used. Some good advice given. Any bike should work for you. MTB and cyclocross bikes typically have lower gears, but if you get the triple crank you will do fine. Something to consider is whether you can add fenders. If you want to ride during the winter, use it for commuting to school or whatever you may want to add fenders and a rack. Go under the commuter section and look some of their bikes and read about their experiences. It rains in Virginia doesn't it. Hey, Mr. Beanz does it rain when you are Virginia?

Can you commute to school? A college town I assume things are close and you could save expenses.
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So their is a local store here in Lynchburg, VA (Bikes Unlimited) that will do my Bike Geometry for fairly cheap so I might do that. If they are a TREK only shop will it be different "Bike Geometry" if I purchase a Cervelo P1 Ultegra SL or a Felt F85?

If you havent noticed I am fairly new to this road cycling
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