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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 11-22-08, 08:41 PM   #1
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270 lbs. trek 7200 riding question

how strong is that bike? can i peddle it standing up without the worry of blowing out the rims?
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Old 11-22-08, 09:28 PM   #2
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Take the bike in after you ride it about 200-300 miles for an adjustment. Spokes lose tension when they are new (breakin period). The shop should true the wheel but also "retension" them. I would bet $5 you have to fight with them to retension though!

If the mechanic is good, you shouldn't have any problems once they are at proper tension. If not, the wheels are sure to fail down the road. They need tension.

If the shop guy refuses or says they don't need the retension, tell them they suck and find a good shop!
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You can sell it anywhere you like. And pedal it however you like.
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Old 11-22-08, 09:45 PM   #4
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You can sell it anywhere you like. And pedal it however you like.

I'm sorry but if you're going to be a Wisenheimer, I'm gonna have to ask you to leave!
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I put 7,000 miles on my 7200 weighing around 350#. I popped 2 spokes at mile 2,000. That bike will hold up. Ride on.
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Old 11-23-08, 09:12 AM   #6
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I also rode my Trek 7200 when I was 333lbs with no problem.
It is kind like a small tank.
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Old 11-23-08, 08:42 PM   #7
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You'll be bored!
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I've got 3800 on my 7300 and I started riding at 375. Broke some spokes but I eventually replace my wheel set and have not have a spoke problem since. I did get rid on my fork and replaced with a rigid and make the bike a much better ride.
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I knew a guy who used to ride his 7200 from London down to Tuscany, Italy a couple times a year, with all of his bags loaded on the bike. It held up fine and he loved it. However, good strong wheels are essential.
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I used to ride a 7300. One day I rode off a curb and the real wheel was toast after that. I weighed 270 at the time. Replaced the wheel with a stronger one and all was well. The bikes are very strong, no problem there and you can really load them down like a touring bike.
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I knew a guy who used to ride his 7200 from London down to Tuscany, Italy a couple times a year, with all of his bags loaded on the bike. It held up fine and he loved it. However, good strong wheels are essential.

My God! How did he get over the Alps?!
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My God! How did he get over the Alps?!
I'm thinking train, but if not, then very strong legs.
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>My God! How did he get over the Alps?!

He pedaled! Actually, he's not a clyde, he's actually quite fit-you know 6' 170 lbs. But he carries between 50-75lbs of gear on his bike. It's doable. I was driving over the Great St. Bernard Pass a year ago last summer and came upon a group of about 30 riders with full packs going up. I eventually saw them having lunch at the top, so they made it. Mind over matter, I guess.
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