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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 04-02-10, 07:54 PM   #1
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Help a fat bike newb pic out a bike

Hey guys, I just joined here and was hoping for some advice.

I am 6' 3" and weigh 450. I have been hitting the gym like crazy for the past few weeks and the pounds are flying off. I am on track to get down to a normal weight and I'm thinking about getting a bicycle. I haven't ridden since I was a kid but I would love something to commute to college in. My school is 7 miles away from my house and the terrain is fairly flat. I know I will look incredibly stupid being a fat guy on a bike but I think the health benefits and lower transportation costs will be worth it.

Are there any models that you guys would recommend?

The two that I have been looking at are the electra townie and the trek pure.

I am probably going to hit up the local bike stores tomorrow and check some out. Any advice would be really appreciated, especially if any of you think that this is a bad idea and that I should lose some more weight before I try this. Thanks!
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Old 04-02-10, 08:19 PM   #2
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Those are both good bikes, the Trek has 36 spoke wheels instead of the 32 spokes on the townie. Wheels are going to be the weak spot on an uber-clyde bike.
Trek dealers sometimes offer long term free service with a purchase, that would be great for you to be able to take it in every 200 to 300 miles and have them check and retension the spokes.
You may also want to consider the heavy duty bikes from http://worksmancycles.com
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Old 04-02-10, 08:35 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info. The thing is I would really like a chain guard. Are those things that you can buy aftermarket or do they only come from the manufacturer?
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There are aftermarket chainguards available but finding one that will fit a particular bike may be a problem, best to ask at the dealer when you are looking at bikes.
Most all bikes with derailer gearing have a ring on the sprocket that functions to keep pant legs from getting entangled in the chain.
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Old 04-02-10, 09:13 PM   #5
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The Pure has a chainguard on the the sprocket from the factory. Go to the LBS and they may have a aftermarket guard, or could order one in for you.
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Specialized also has the Globe model bikes. Here's one example of those. It gives a pretty good picture of the ring on the outside of the chain rings to help protect your pants leg. (The default picture is of the blue model but the better picture is of the black one.)

You do realize that you are now obligated to come back, post pictures of your bike and keep us all up to date on your riding!
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I just bought a Trek Pure instead of a Townie because of the 36 spokes and because it has a rigid fork. If you get the Townie 21, the suspension forks may not be ideal. I'm about 324 right now, but I'm only 5'4... so I'll be asking a lot of the bike. Trek also has a plan that will cover 3 years of anything not rubber for about $60. You might find that it's worth it.
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I just bought a Trek Pure instead of a Townie because of the 36 spokes and because it has a rigid fork. If you get the Townie 21, the suspension forks may not be ideal. I'm about 324 right now, but I'm only 5'4... so I'll be asking a lot of the bike. Trek also has a plan that will cover 3 years of anything not rubber for about $60. You might find that it's worth it.
does that include wheels? Totally worth it.
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Thanks for the info guys. That globe model looks kick ass. I will be sure to post my purchase.
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good luck and stay motivated. Any of those bikes will do.
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I'd stick with any number of Trek models - Pure, Navigator, etc, or the Specialized. I'd avoid bikes with a suspension fork, or rear suspension.

Oh, and welcome to the Clyde Forum!
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I'd stay away from the Workman bikes. The one's I've seen are built with mild steel and are very, very, heavy. Sorta like a bike built out of gas pipe....might be fine on a level factory floor without a headwind.

A good suspension free, hybrid/cross/mtb with mtb/hybrid wheels would be good and pretty bomb proof. Get some Schwalbe 26x2.35 or 700x60 Big Apples and you will be loving life.

Their are 2 problems you might face with the Globe Carmel, the seat post and the forks. I was 290 and was not able to get any suspension seatposts that would work with my weight, and you are a bit more. I also found that the front suspensions would bottom on mild bumps and I could not preload it high enough to avoid this. You might want to look at the Globe Vienna, I have ridden one and it was pretty bombproof and snappy handling, has good sized tires and clearance for fenders if you plan to commute. FYI I ended up on a Specialized Sirrus.

Regardless of whichever bike you get, the most important thing is FIT. A good priced bike that doesn't fit is like a pair of good priced shoes that don't fit, a bargain for someone but not you. If it fits right, it will be comfortable. If it is comfortable you will use it. FYI most seats that come with bikes are not that good. Find a shop that will let you try a seat out and return it if it doesn't work. I am partial to Specialized saddles because they work for me and they have a "30 day try it/return it" policy. You should know after 2 weeks of daily riding if the saddle works for you.

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