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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 07-29-09, 07:40 PM   #1
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New bike....BUT....

My girlfriend just got me a Giant Simple Single beach cruiser. It has stock wheels, saddle, etc. I'm kinda worried about this bike being able to withstand my size (6'3" 300)..I am wondering if it would be prudent to keep the bike and buy better wheels, or get something like a Trek 720 Hybrid? (I know a local guy who is selling an older one that's in excellent condition.)

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Old 07-29-09, 07:59 PM   #2
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36h hub = go ride it already

After a week or two, take it back to the LBS to get the wheels re-tensioned and re-trued. This is something everybody should do after a new bike purchase.
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Old 07-29-09, 08:09 PM   #3
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So you think the stock wheels will hold up okay? I will definitely take it in to be redone.
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They don't make spokes out of steel for nothing. Go ride while it's still under warranty.
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I am 285lbs and I bent the rear rim of my Trek 7200. You would have to go with something that boasts stronger wheels to really be sure. The Bontrager Nebulas Trek is putting out on some of their bikes look promising, but they don't offer them outside of OEM right now.
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Old 07-30-09, 07:10 AM   #6
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I started riding a novara divano (road bike) when I was 309lbs and have had minimal issues with the wheels (I had my freewheel fail so they replaced the rear wheel totally under warranty). I have been surprised how well they hold up especially when I read on here *LOL*
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Old 07-30-09, 09:47 AM   #7
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Sounds like I should just ride out, and then deal with problems IF they arise.
I appreciate all of the feedback! Thanks!
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