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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 03-28-10, 04:56 PM   #1
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Getting back into riding

Hi all. First post in the Clydes forum, and first post on here in general in a long time.

I'm wanting to get back into riding and get rid of the weight I've put on in recent years. Unfortunately, I've gotten up to about 305lbs, and am about 6'4" tall. I have two bikes, a Trek 5000 carbon roadie (that I bought about 80 lbs ago) and a Trek 4500 MTB.

I'd love t be able to ride the roadie again. It's a lot more comfortable for me, but the wheelset that's on there currently definitely won't hold me up. It's got a 24-spoke rear wheel, and a 20-spoke front. It does fine on the trainer, as there's minimal weight on the rear wheel, but it's hard to find the motivation to sit in the living room riding & going nowhere.

Should I bother looking into a new wheelset for the roadie, or should I just get some road slicks for the MTB? Any other tips are welcome as well.
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Old 03-28-10, 05:12 PM   #2
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Cheaper to go with road slicks for the mtb, but I got a set of Mavic Open Pro's...Here they are at Pricepoint, but they're often on sale at Performance or Nashbar.
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Old 03-28-10, 06:21 PM   #3
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Take the 5000 out and see how it does. Ride the bike, but take it easy at first if you are that afraid. If you need new wheels then atleast you know. Slick tires are also a good idea for the 4500 if all you do is commute or ride on paved roads.
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Ride the roadie until you have problems with the wheels. No telling how long it lasts. Maybe you get lucky and it lasts for a while.
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Old 03-28-10, 07:36 PM   #5
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Last I rode the roadie, it was already breaking spokes occasionally. I'm not sure I really want to risk it at the weight I'm at now!
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