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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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Trek Hybrid (122,400 pts) 9 100.00%
Columbia Mountain (45,700 pts) 0 0%
Huffy Commuter (21,900 pts) 0 0%
Mongoose Montana All-Terrain (27,600 pts) 0 0%
Trek Navigator Comfort Bike (68,500 pts) 0 0%
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Old 08-24-09, 03:25 PM   #1
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help pick a bike for my brother

I'm a very adamant cyclist, but am basically the opposite of a clyde. My brother however is a clyde (over 6 foot) and, frankly, also obese (almost 300 pounds) and he graciously accepted my offer to order him a bike with my credit card points.

The choices are here. Which do you guys think I should get him?

I'm partial to the cheap commuter because I ride my cheap commuter more than my other bikes, but my brother has no intention of commuting and hopefully will be more likely to use it if it fits well (the Columbia and Trek bikes are ordered to size).

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Old 08-24-09, 03:45 PM   #2
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I guess you're not going to give us your credit card log in so we can view the option details . Frankly, your brother needs to decide on the type of riding that he'll be doing (road, mountain, commute, dirt paths, etc.). That will dictate the style of bike that he'll use. Heavy duty wheels are strongly recommended (36 spoke is ideal). Often, we recommend a used touring bike or MTB for people starting off because it is ready to go (strong frame and wheels, decent components vs Walmart fare, etc.).
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I too was thinking of buying a Mountain bike using my Amex points. (I am a roadie..) ..so I figure - go for the one with the most pts....and let him get fitted. Who cares if it is not perfect- just try it...it's points after all...
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I guess you're not going to give us your credit card log in so we can view the option details . Frankly, your brother needs to decide on the type of riding that he'll be doing (road, mountain, commute, dirt paths, etc.). That will dictate the style of bike that he'll use. Heavy duty wheels are strongly recommended (36 spoke is ideal). Often, we recommend a used touring bike or MTB for people starting off because it is ready to go (strong frame and wheels, decent components vs Walmart fare, etc.).
Oops. Just click where it says "Browse Catalog" and then search for "bike". Please do view the option details. For whatever reason I can't link directly.
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Link to the catalog: http://www.scorecardrewards.com/cata...archExecuted=1

Well, out of all them I would choose the FX 7.3. The other choices (asides from the navigator) are..for lack of a better term garbage. As an experienced cyclist you should be well aware.
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Well, out of all them I would choose the FX 7.3. The other choices (asides from the navigator) are..for lack of a better term garbage. As an experienced cyclist you should be well aware.
Well I'm a bit ignorant here because all my bikes are folding or recumbent road bikes and frankly I would never straddle a bike without fenders.

I was afraid of the FX 7.3 because I know hybrids get a bad rap, but if that's the clear choice then so be it.
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