Originally Posted by boredboard
Hey all. First time poster here.
I recently started dieting and after some success I wanted to really get the ball rolling.
I've considered buying a bike for some time, but even after a bit of success, I am still 380lbs, and the idea of completely wrecking an expensive frame or something has always held me back.
Maybe you good people here might have some suggestions. I don't have a very big budget unfortunately, and the bike has to consistently lug around 380 lbs without wanting to collapse. Does such a bike even exist?
Thanks very much!
Nope, if you are, than I too am dead meat! My Saga
my perk your interest a bit, as in the beginning I was asking the same sort of questions you are.
Everyone has an opinion, and many people will name different bikes, brands, etc... One that was never really mentioned to me (which I ended up getting) was/is a type of "Comfort
" bike. A more upright riding posture, 2" tires - not the fastest bike, and by the time you are knocking out 50 mile rides on a regular basis you will most likely have out-grown it. I *hope* to outgrow my first Bike and get a LHT - as that is both my dream and my goal.
But to be honest, I actually did ride a Surly "Long Haul Trucker" and found it very uncomfortable to my 370ish 6' body (30" inseam, 60" waist at the time, now a 56" waist).
I landed on a "pedal-forward" comfort Bike. All I strongly suggest is this; think about RIGHT NOW
, not down the road, but what looks good to you, makes you want to get on it and ride, and FEELS
good to you! That's the ticket!
Whether it is a used hard-tail, a new road bike, a Hybrid, comfort, whatever - you are the guy that needs to be able to ride it, be comfortable on it, and like it!
My LBS (Local Bike Shop) is working with me and is very understanding of my concerns with my weight. Wheels *are* an issue. As was pointed out to me, 29 wheels with 32 spokes are stronger than 700 wheels with 36 spokes. Without planning it, the Bike I bought has 21 gears and is about as low geared you can get without going to an off-road bike (better for me on hills).
The short answer is, yes you can if you want to and are willing to do it! I also had my left knee replaced bout 16 weeks ago, and the Bicycle (and the answers I got here) is what made me finally pull the trigger on the replacement! because I WANT to ride again!! I am losing weight and replacing the knee to ride, rather than riding to lose weight - my focus is a desire to ride, and i will ride better with the:
By quitting smoking
By killing the Pepsi habit (not done yet)
Where is home for you? Close or in Ohio by chance? While many here once were at or close or above your weight, I am currently right there with you. Because of my new knee 'Frank', I only have like 12 miles on my Bike to date - but am riding a stationary at least 30 minutes M-F (lunchtime at work).
Anyhow, I can go on and on - sorry, I also talk a lot too... Welcome to the board, and I hope you make this your new home! People are kind here, veery knowledgable, and provide great support!