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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 10-23-09, 11:59 AM   #1
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Hey guys. new guy here.

Well here i am and just hit 30. my weight has sky rocketed to about 340 and i know now that i need to do something. i cant continue this trend or i wont make it to 40. i have always been a big guy but not like this. all the years of working and eating fast food and sitting around saying i will start tomorrow has caught up to me. so tomorrow is here and i am looking around on craigslist to pick up a bike to get started on. i have found a few so let me know what you guys think of them
Trek 930 Single Track
Cannondale M900
Cannondale M300 Cadi2
GT Palomar
Gary Fisher Big Sur

are a few that on on there. anything you guys think i should stay away from? to start i am going to be riding it to the gym and back(about 5 miles round trip). thanks for any help you can give me. i can tell i have some reading to do.
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Old 10-23-09, 12:06 PM   #2
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Welcome Travis, all your listed bike brands seem good. It's not easy to find a bad name brand bike these days. The M900s were (are) nice, not as familiar with the others
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Old 10-23-09, 12:09 PM   #3
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Are these all your size? Do you know your size? Fit is the most important thing, followed closely by mechanical condition. There probably isn't a huge difference in the components of these machines. Do test rides if possible and pick the one that feels the best.
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Old 10-23-09, 01:23 PM   #4
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Welcome! I'm not familar with those bikes personally (I'm pretty new here myself), but I'm sure through searching here (and some other places) you'll end up learning so much about what works best for you. Good luck!
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Old 10-23-09, 01:32 PM   #5
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I'm not sure what those bikes are.

But at 340 lbs, I highly recommend you stick to Mountain Bikes or better yet a stationary bike first to get your weight down to under 300 lbs. I do not believe any aluminum bike can withstand anything over 300 lbs. for long.
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Old 10-23-09, 01:38 PM   #6
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I'm not sure what those bikes are.

But at 340 lbs, I highly recommend you stick to Mountain Bikes or better yet a stationary bike first to get your weight down to under 300 lbs. I do not believe any aluminum bike can withstand anything over 300 lbs. for long.
Umm, not so much. I know it may sound a bit counter intuitive, but just about any aluminum frame would work so long as the wheels were set up properly. We have members here who started riding well North of 400 lbs.

That being said, a hard tail (non suspension) moutain bike is a tried and true starter bike. As mentioned before, fit is the most important thing since you don't want to damage your knees or learn to hate the bike due to being uncomfortable.

Welcome to the herd Truss!
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Old 10-24-09, 09:48 AM   #7
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thanks guys. well i did it. been checking craigslist and found my new bike. picked up a old trek this morning and took it out for about 2.5 miles right off the back of the car before i even got it inside. just wanted to thank you guys for the inspiration. here is what i picked up.

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Old 10-24-09, 12:21 PM   #8
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I like that bike. Looks like a late '80s.. early '90s straight-up Heavy Duty no BS rig.
Appears to be butted chrmly. Anyway, good job. Nice Bike !!
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Old 10-24-09, 12:29 PM   #9
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Here truss... www.mombat.org You'll like this site. A real lot to see, it'll take hours.
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