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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 09-26-09, 02:06 PM   #1
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Need a bike

I want to start riding bicycles again. Dr wants me to.
I have lost 32 pounds and I am at 322pounds right now and about 5'5". I used to ride bikes as a kid and young adult, but over time I have stopped. I need to know if anyone knows of any bikes that can hold my weight. Trying to get back in shape and shed loads of pounds.

If anyone can give me information on this I would be greatful!
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Old 09-26-09, 02:51 PM   #2
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There are a lot of bikes that can handle the weight. Go to an LBS and talk to them about getting a bike for you. Find the best LBS that actually talks to you and do not worry about the brand of bike before going in. Tell them what you are wanting to do and then make sure that they get you something that has rims with at least 32 spokes.

I ride Jamis, because the Trek and other dealers treated me like crap. I also bought a "hard rock" off of craigslist because I knew what I was looking for after owning a road bike.

Good luck finding a good LBS.
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Old 09-26-09, 05:14 PM   #3
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You are in the right sport brother, some tips I can give you is this, you will lose alot of weight and fast but the thing is you have to be committed, you have to try to ride every day.

When you first start, ride around your housing complex, try to ride 1/2 a mile to a mile. DO this for a week, or two weeks, once you master this and you start losing some weight. Go longer, and longer and longer just repeat routes for a week or two. When you feel confident in your pace and your heart holds up. GO LONGER. Another thing that you might find more respect for is h2O, WATER!! your going to drink alot of water. Hopefully you start drinking alot more water with your food. You would be surprised how much calories you will cut if you just drink water or sugarless drinks. Plus water helps your metabolism. And there will be days when you wont feel like going out, maybe your body feels tired. This is ok, take a day of take two, but dont give up, the pain will remain no matter how long you rest but the more you ride the more the pain subsides, the longer you will be able to go.

Trust me ride your a bike a good year and your going to be in the 250-200lb range.
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Old 09-26-09, 05:45 PM   #4
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Start slow, ride easy, build steadily, and take good care of yourself.
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Start slow, ride easy, build steadily, and take good care of yourself.
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Let the LBS hook you up with the appropriate bike. I usually tell people, when they feel they can handle it, to look at a map of their town, draw a circle with a 5 mile radius around their house. Anytime you go somewhere within that circle, ride your bike if you don't absolutely need the car. You will be amazed how soon you get hooked. You'll get a lot more riding in, and lose a lot more weight if you use the bike for real transportation. Welcome and good luck!
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There are a lot of bikes that can handle the weight. Go to an LBS and talk to them about getting a bike for you. Find the best LBS that actually talks to you and do not worry about the brand of bike before going in. Tell them what you are wanting to do and then make sure that they get you something that has rims with at least 32 spokes.

I ride Jamis, because the Trek and other dealers treated me like crap. I also bought a "hard rock" off of craigslist because I knew what I was looking for after owning a road bike.

Good luck finding a good LBS.
Strong advice, very strong.

If you have a Jamis store, you ought to visit it. Check the site anyway. Look at the Coda especially, look at all the models, use this site as a learning tool.
As the man says, being ABLE to visit a store and having them help you is key.
I was your weight, rest assured there are more than a few bikes to suit you, not just clunky ones either. Bikes that'll still be racy enough if you drop some pounds so don't fret over that. Also like the man said, finding a used works better once one knows just what to focus on, it can be tricky and frustrating IMO
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Strong advice, very strong.

If you have a Jamis store, you ought to visit it. Check the site anyway. Look at the Coda especially, look at all the models, use this site as a learning tool.
As the man says, being ABLE to visit a store and having them help you is key.
I was your weight, rest assured there are more than a few bikes to suit you, not just clunky ones either. Bikes that'll still be racy enough if you drop some pounds so don't fret over that. Also like the man said, finding a used works better once one knows just what to focus on, it can be tricky and frustrating IMO
+1 on the Jamis. I have a Commuter 3 which I use more than my road bike. It's built to carry a load, the internal gears are easy to use and will give you one less thing to think about while you adjust.
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Old 09-27-09, 10:17 AM   #8
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Hello! Boy have you come to the right place! You are starting a conversation here same as I did not so Long ago! Feel free to read the following thread if you are bored, and want to read my thoughts, and the groups replies to my questions:

Am I dreaming, or, Is this possible?
Any thoughts on the Electra "Townie"? Should I buy one?
Pedal-Forward Buying Choices, the Decision!

A possible few differences between you and I? I currently weight 378lbs. I have not ridden in 30yrs. I have had seven knee surguries to date. I have heart issues. I smoke.

My heart DR wants me to have my knee replaced ASAP. My original question was could someone my size even get on a bicycle without destroying it?

The short answer is a complete yes!

Recent research done by myself just this week here in Ohio states that you can buy a NEW bicycle from a low of $299 to a comfortable high of $600.00 that will easily handle your (and my) weight. Craigslist (for used) can get way less spendy if you like as well.

This is a very recent topic, that is very fresh in the minds of many. I also worked this topic over on Amazon, and on some of the OA forums as well - getting the same type of replies.
I hope this helps! I both type and talk a LOT! Feel free to PM me if you like, or email me if you wish - myself or others are more than willing to share info with you!
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