Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Toronto (again) Ontario, Canada
Bikes: Norco Bushpilot (out of commission), Raleigh Delta
Originally Posted by skdmrklcy
My future wife and I went out to get new bikes last night and I just have a few questions. I am a big guy at 6 feet tall and 286 pounds. I lost a lot of weight about 2 years ago but slowly put it back on as I stopped walking and started eating out all the time. The area we live has a little park with a 8 mile path and there are a lot of others in the area as well, so we are going with bikes.
So last night we went to the local Trek Store and tried out a few bikes. She is going to go with a Womens 7000 as most others she had trouble getting on or just didn't feel as good. I tried the 7000 but had a hell of a time just getting on the frame size I need. I ended up actually really liking the FX 7.2 for feel, and I had a much better time getting on it. The only thing I worry about is that I know some dirt trails that I don't think these would work on, but I know a mountain bike would be a poor choice for most of our riding as well.
The bikes are bought and paid for but still there as they didn't have the bike rack in stock so we are going back Sunday to pick it all up. We do get up to 30 days to decide on the bikes for sure though. These will be the only bikes we have for a long while, saving for a house and such. Are either of these a big mistake? Is there a bike that I am missing that would handle a dirt path and roads better?
You should be okay with light dirt trails, stay away from the technical stuff though.
One problem people have with bikes, they think of it as the same as a car, you need one that can do everything you want in one vehicle. In reality a bicycle is more of a transportation tool, there are different bikes for different tasks, just as there are different hammers or saws for different tasks. The 7.2FX is intended for exercise, maybe you can throw a rack on one as a commuter or grocery getter, although I still think an English 3 speed (with a 7 or 8 speed hub) with a rack and fenders is probably better for that, in that you can put snow tires on and keep going in wintry weather..... If you want speed, a carbon fibre racing bike can't be beat, for long distance where you can spend hours in the saddle and haul your living quarters with you, a chromoly touring bike is worth it's weight in gold. Of course for off road a full suspension mountain bike is best, although none that I know of are made for a rider North of 200lbs.... So you may need to trim the "engine" a bit for that.
Start with the 7.2FX in the stable, ride it as much as you can. As you get more and more riding in, as you get a feel for riding, and find yourself doing stuff that another kind of bike is better at, you add to the stable. There is a saying around here, the number of bikes you need is N+1 where N is the current number you have.