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    http://www.bikesale.com/giant-2010-rapid-3.aspx

    This is my bike that I got 2nd week of February. I think this bike is great for the following reasons

    1. Flat Bar makes you feel confident if you haven't ridden a bike in a long time or have never ridden a bike with drop bars before.

    2. It looks sharp. "comfort bikes" and "hybrids" are just too nerdy for my taste. And while it's nice to say we don't care about what people say, the truth is deep down inside we do and most people that are in the 300lb + weight class typically are going to have some sort of fear about being seen on a bike (even though it shows that you are working on getting in shape!) This bike makes you look like you ride seriously even if you are just starting out, sometimes you gotta fake it til you make it!

    3. It's FAST. The first thing I said when I got on the bike was "Holy ****, this thing moves"

    4. Cost. This is a LOT of bike for the money. Even if you only keep this bike for 1 year, at $549, that is merely $10 a week.

    5. Versatility. The bike comes with 700x28c wheels stock. You can definately go larger for more comfort and durability or you can go smaller for performance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morphy View Post
    Just phoned a few bike shops and told them my weight and they said:

    1. Hmm, well, I “think” you should be fine on this one but its mainly trial and error!!! ???
    2. 300 Lbs you say? Well I “think” you “should” be ok on a Touring bike - Id go for something in the region of $2,000 to be sure your getting the best…
    3. Yes we have Touring bikes, I cant remember how many spokes they have, and I think they are made of aluminium but not really sure.
    4. A top of the range MB is what you need……


    In all honesty I have come across this before because the ratio between those that are reasonably fit and those that are overweight is huge, so many shops don’t come into contact with many Clyde’s so cant answer anything specific to what we need.
    That said, I reckon the best bet is to tell “them” what I want from the outset so any suggestions above what has been said?

    Any off the shelf specific models? To be honest, I don’t really care if it’s a Touring or MB or anything.

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    Oh sweet jebus did that guy on the phone ever feed you a line of bull. Did you catch his name? If you did, don't totally give up on the shop. It's very possible that he is a new employee and honestly doesn't know any better. Go to the shop and actually look around. Find someone else to talk to and go from there.

    This salesman made some very rookie mistakes:

    First, the vast majority of touring bikes are steel, not aluminum. Something in the region of 2000 will probably have a fair amount of carbon fiber. Carbon fiber is plastic. Think about that one. Carbon fiber is an ok frame material but at your weight it is probably going to feel flexy. Go for something with an aluminum frame and a carbon fork if you end up with a road or hybrid bike. A top of the line mountain bike is...overkill. Whatever you do, don’t buy a full suspension rig.

    Before you actually buy a bike I recommend you go to all your local shops and just hang out awhile. Test ride a few bikes, ask some questions, then go to the next shop. Take notes on what brands the shops carry and rate your impression of the shop. Once you've done this, post back here with what shop treated you the best and what brands they carry. We can go from there.

    Feel free to send me a private message, just click my avatar and choose to PM me. We can discuss in further detail if you'd like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CPFITNESS View Post
    This is my bike that I got 2nd week of February. I think this bike is great for the following reasons

    2. It looks sharp. "comfort bikes" and "hybrids" are just too nerdy for my taste.
    Psst...your bike is a hybrid. I won't tell if you wont.

    Good advice for the OP though

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    Quote Originally Posted by bautieri View Post
    Psst...your bike is a hybrid. I won't tell if you wont.

    Good advice for the OP though
    I realize that it is considered a hybrid but so many hybrids have the dorky looking stem and suspension seat. this looks like a road bike with a flat bar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CPFITNESS View Post
    I realize that it is considered a hybrid but so many hybrids have the dorky looking stem and suspension seat. this looks like a road bike with a flat bar.
    I think you're thinking of comfort bikes like the Trek Navigator; that's not what most people mean when they say "hybrid".
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    Sorry I should have said at the outset that I’m from the UK. The dollar sign was put there to show you guys the amount without giving you the bother to convert it from UK pounds.

    Those lines was actually from 4 different shops and although it bothers me a bit, I’m actually not surprised because unless I’m lucky enough to find a shop who has a member of staff that knows about weight and bike loads, then they cant advice me.

    The problem as I see it is, I myself do not see anyone that is big riding bikes, anywhere. They do of course but I have never come across it. So I doubt that many shops here would have an understanding of it to start with.
    When I phoned they automatically mentioned Touring bikes purely because in their heads, Touring bikes = heavy weight to carry = strongly built. I can see the logic.

    I’m not put off by shops though, but I believe that forums where people have been through the same will have infinitely more knowledge overall than any shop. I wouldn’t mind betting that long term cyclists on here know more than any sales assistant on many fronts.
    That’s why I would like to go to a shop armed with a it of knowledge up front so as I don’t come away with something I regret. Already in 2 days I know much more than I did to start with and things are taking shape.

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    Hi folks,

    We in the UK have a chain of stores called “Hailfords”.
    These stores were originally everything under the sun for car accessories including tools.
    They expanded into new very much larger stores when anyone builds a mall or converts wasteland into one of those places which are like a small village with stores, restaurants, you name it.
    They now sell bikes as well, and while their low end bikes have had a particularly bad reputation, their “Carrera” range (which is still inexpensive) have had a lot of favourable reviews.

    Here is a link to one of them.

    http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/catego...tuoso-09-34691

    I have seen the bike and it looks pretty tough to me, but of course I’m no real judge.
    If I was to get one of these is there anything I need to upgrade to right away, or is this something I should avoid?.

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    When I think UK, I think Raleigh. I have an old Raleigh Royale touring bike that
    I love. I have not seen their new bikes in a while so I do not know what their
    quality level is now but they used to be good, solid bikes. For a basic, solid clyde
    bike, how about something like this?

    http://www.raleigh.co.uk/b_details.a...8&id=20&pt=197

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    I am 6' 230ish...10-15 lbs of winter weight and I ride a touring bike. My Surly handles the road, double track off road, grocery runs, commuting, etc. I ride a 56 cm 26 in wheeled version that I builkt up so it's a little different than stock, I did a google search and came up with this bike http://www.freemanscycles.co.uk/prod...70&pname=Royal

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    If you decide to go with a touring bike, you really can't go wrong with the Surly LHT. It's steel, its geared right and it can handle larger sized tires. Mine is the most comfortable DF bike I've ever ridden.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rydabyk View Post
    If you decide to go with a touring bike, you really can't go wrong with the Surly LHT. It's steel, its geared right and it can handle larger sized tires. Mine is the most comfortable DF bike I've ever ridden.
    +1 on the LHT, It's on my short list for N+1.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rydabyk View Post
    If you decide to go with a touring bike, you really can't go wrong with the Surly LHT. It's steel, its geared right and it can handle larger sized tires. Mine is the most comfortable DF bike I've ever ridden.
    This.

    It's not as fast as a "full on road bike" but will handle whatever you throw at it, and is at least a drop bar bike, which reading between the lines is what you have in your mind. It's designed for touring, so will be designed for having a hundred pounds or so of stuff hanging on it ( if that's you, what's the difference? "

    The trouble with a Halfords bike, is that I wouldn't trust their mechanics to have assembled it properly, unless they've changed a lot since i lived in the UK.

    MOST IMPORTANT. Get it from someone that knows how to fit the bike to you. this should be something that any good bike shop can do, but if necessary, go with one of those places that charges a fee for the fitting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coldfeet View Post
    This.

    The trouble with a Halfords bike, is that I wouldn't trust their mechanics to have assembled it properly, unless they've changed a lot since i lived in the UK.
    I agree 100%. In the early 80's I WAS a Halfords "bike mechanic"in Manchester. I was 16 and clueless - we just threw the bikes together the best we could and hoped nobody returned them - we were all on minimum wage. We had a "delivery service" where the customer paid 5 quid to have the bike "delivered". The manager would pocket the fiver (I assume) and send one of us kids out on the brand new bike to deliver it by pedaling it to the customer - sometimes 10+ miles away. What a cowboy outfit it was. Imagine waiting for your new bike and a teenage kid turns up at your door in the pouring rain with your now "used" bike....Id stay away from halfords unless something has changed dramatically in the last 20 yrs or so...

    I would NOT buy a bike from a 16-year old me
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laserman View Post
    ...What exactly is a DF bike?...
    diamond frame...
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    Morphy,

    For what it's worth...I'm new to this as well...6'4", 230 lbs and living in the hell hole of Orlando, FL. Flat, flat, flat. Palm tree, scrub pine, srub pine, palm tree. "Moon-scaped neighborhood, strip mall, moon-scaped neighborhood...sigh...I too am having trouble deciding what type of bike I want/need though, I'm pretty sure I'll not get a MB...

    A good friend let me borrow a Cannondale CAAD8 and I took it out today for the "commute" ride. Before I went, I visited a good local bike shop where I purchased:

    - A pair of baggy bike shorts with padded insert shorts (Canari, @ $74)
    - A pair of bike shoes with inset clip capabilites (@ $76)
    - A set of of the clips for the shoes (@ $5)
    - A set of pedals for use w/the shoes (@ $68
    - A roadside emergency bag (@ $25)

    Still married though my wife hasn't seen the bill yet...

    Today's ride was @ 28 miles round trip. Glad I purchased the items above...though I'm still sore...perhaps I got the wrong kind of padding?!?!?

    Though I'm a complete rookie, I'd echo the sentiment expressed by a few about going new. The bike was 1000 times better than anything I've ever ridden, but...I think I will be looking around a bit still.

    In fact, I'm considering the bikes below because they seem to be built for a bit of pounding, allow me to ride a bit more upright (felt it in my hands today a tiny bit though I had "lifting" gloves on), and will allow for a solid rack, (the Fuji already has the rack) and panniers.

    - 09 Specialized Sequoia $849.990
    - Fuji Touring, 1,089 (MSRP--local guy says he can get Fujis from 55 to 15% less & Bikesdirect.com has it fo $695

    Would be interested in the group's take on the above...good luck to you!--JakeB

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