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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 11-05-08, 02:52 AM   #1
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Vintage Vs. Weight

I have a friend that rides and 80's Schwinn (sorry, don't know what model) and he weighs 270, and says that he has trouble riding the bike but it was his dad's (plus he doesn't want to spend money on a new one in the off season). I was just wondering if anyone had any imput on if his weight is the problem.

"The bike is creaky and it rubs", were his exact words.

I would just like some imput because I am looking to buy a vintage 80's schwinn road bike and don't want to run into the same problem (I weigh 275).
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Old 11-05-08, 03:42 AM   #2
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No offense but your description leaves little to go on.
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Old 11-05-08, 05:33 AM   #3
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The age of the bike is pretty much ireleavent. The most important thing is if the bike fits him, and is in good repair.

If the fit is off, a modern bike will be uncomfortable. If the bike needs a major tune up, it will not ride well.

Then again, I have a predesposed bias.....................
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Old 11-05-08, 05:40 AM   #4
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I have a friend that rides and 80's Schwinn (sorry, don't know what model) and he weighs 270, and says that he has trouble riding the bike but it was his dad's (plus he doesn't want to spend money on a new one in the off season). I was just wondering if anyone had any imput on if his weight is the problem.

"The bike is creaky and it rubs", were his exact words.

I would just like some imput because I am looking to buy a vintage 80's schwinn road bike and don't want to run into the same problem (I weigh 275).
Would your friend wear his dad's shoes?
Size is important.
The bike needs to fit his body .
Bikes can handle weight if the wheels are strong.
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Creaky and rubs. Sounds like he needs the wheels trued.

My guess is it would really need to be worked on and just have a service done to check it out and fix some minor things. Fit of a bike would make a difference also for riding more down the road.
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If you want to go fast, lost weight first.

If you want to get in shape, then buy a used bike, any used bike, that fits, and start riding.

+1 Take the bike in to a reliable local shop and have them tune it up. Get a cost estimate first, to avoid sticker shock. If you want it fixed at a lower cost, then post an ad on Craigs List, in the for sale bicycle section: WTB: Looking for reasonable cost mechanic to tune up old bike
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What type of vintage Schwinn are you looking for? My first real racing bike as a rookie Cat 4 was an 80's Schwinn Paramount from the Waterford factory. That was an amazing bike I wish I never sold. Those frames are as high quality as you can get. Or are you looking for a Schwinn Varsity or Continental? Those are very different bikes in weight and quality. Either will suit your weight, but the cost and quality will be vastly different. An old Varsity is almost indestructible, but you may need to have the wheels rebuilt.
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In the late 80s/early nineties I rode a lightweight Peugeot road bike. I was about ~200 lbs and struggling to be a good climber. The bike was a problem because it would flex so much during out-of-the-saddle climbing that the chain would wander back and forth across the casette, and the bb and crank would flex so much that I had to be careful that the chain did not get knocked off the small chainring. I knew of other people with lightweight mid-quality steel road bikes that had similar problems.

It is possible that this is related to your friend's problem, depending on the type of creak and what is rubbing. Aluminum bikes are stiffer than old racing bikes, as are most newer steel bikes with more robust construction.
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I have an old 70's Schwinn I take out and I love it, but it's my size and it's all lubed and trued. I am 266lbs and can do it. Check the fit of the bike, make sure he is comfortable. Check the status of the bike.. bearings, cranks, etc. I have had bikes in bad shape, made riding miserable, but spent time and fixed them up and they were a dream to ride.


Hope you get it all figured out!
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