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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 05-26-09, 05:58 PM   #1
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Will these bikes hold a whale (er... horse) like me?

I am a 310-315 pound, 57 year old ex rider with a mid 80s Cannondale Aluminum and a circa 93 Rockhopper Sport (welded steel) in my garage.

Doctor says I gotta lose some weight. Will these bikes be safe for me to ride?

Thanks.
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Old 05-26-09, 06:35 PM   #2
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i dont see why not. well that is as long as your not dirt jumping with it or anything. i have a old cannondale caad 1 rigid frame that i was riding since i was a kid. that held me fine when i was over 300 pounds all while mountain biking. my eyes have been opened to full suspension frames. i can actually what i am riding down on descents. anybody that has had their eyes blur from all the bumps knows exactly what i am talking about
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I am a 310-315 pound, 57 year old ex rider with a mid 80s Cannondale Aluminum and a circa 93 Rockhopper Sport (welded steel) in my garage.

Doctor says I gotta lose some weight. Will these bikes be safe for me to ride?

Thanks.
You should take the bikes to a decent shop, get an analysis of what needs to be done to get them into riding shape, if they have not been ridden in a while expect to replace the chain, tires, tubes, brake pads. You will also need to get the wheels trued and tensioned, and general adjustments. Most bicycles except those designed only to be as light as possible are so over engineered that it should not be a problem.
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