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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 05-09-10, 10:46 AM   #26
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Here are my thoughts. Seeing as how you have a Trek FX you can keep it and set it up with fenders, and what not. What you need now is a roadbike. At your size you can pretty much get whatever you want. I'm not a typical clyde as in I like the fance roadbikes and I don't want wider tires and fenders and lights and whatever else you can possiably stick on a bike. Nothing beats a true roadbike for riding on the road! I would suggest any of the great aluminum or cabon bikes out there, find one in your price range and enjoy. I too like Trek but have and will own different makes in the future.
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Old 05-09-10, 11:02 AM   #27
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Try a Touring Bike ! Jamis and Raleigh put out great tourers that are very strong, but quick enough to keep up with road bikes. Tourers are built to hold up to 360 lbs !
They cling to the road and feel confident on decents, have good gearing for hills, and fly on the flats ! Most are chromoly and have a nice shock and bump dampening feel. You could drop the tires down to 28cc for a more nimble feel. For big riders that's the smallest you should go. Anything smaller than 28cc and you'll be trueing rims twice a week ! I know the hot rod racers look so good but lets face it, if you are 250 +, your gonna go thru rims like crazy if you don't put a decent sized tire on it. Also, checkout bikes direct. They have some nice tourers and even hybrids that might interest you ! I know what your going through im 275 lbs and have been through many tires to find that perfect medium. My fixie has Kenda Quick Rollers in 32cc on it, they seem to work for me good on that bike. Where as my Fuji Sunfire 1.0 gets Vredstein Touring/ Trekking tires at 37cc's. My late 80's road bikes all get Continental Gatorskins or Kenda Quick Trax in 28cc's. Checkout that jamis tourer though. If you don't like the cantilever brakes, you could always swap them out for long reach calipers so to fit the slightly larger tires up to 32cc. Good Luck !

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Old 05-09-10, 11:12 AM   #28
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my brother is a shade over 300 lbs and recently bought a Giant Defy 3 and it's treated him well thus far. that is the most entry level giant bike and it's between 550 and 700 depending onwhere you look. The Defy 1 is the top of the defy series and can be had for 1250 which puts you 250 under your budget to put towards other accessories. you should do some test riding
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Old 05-09-10, 01:25 PM   #29
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I second Fixie flyer's suggestion; can't agree more and that's what I would have personally done.
Get a touring bike!

A light weight steel alloy frame, 700x28 tires, a drop bar, and something like Shimano Tiagra or Shimano 105
That's all!
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I keep seeing recommendations for touring bikes. I like touring bikes (I have one) but the OP said he wanted a bike with carbon forks (that's not a touring bike.) He rode a 40 mile event on a hybrid - great accomplishment but I think he wants to go faster. A touring bike can be faster, but that's not what it's designed for. A touring bike is designed to carry a load over a long distance... it's not designed for speed.

If you don't want an aggressive road bike, but you would like a bike built for speed... then stay in the "performance road" category. You're on the right track with the Cannondale Synapse and Felt Z series. I've ridden a touring bike in a 200 mile event (Seattle-to-Portland) and a performance road bike in the same event. I'll take the performance road bike (cannondale synapse) every time from now on.
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Man, I really appreciate all your suggestions...I have read and read again to take in all comments...One thing that hit me is the recommendations not to go below size 28 tires? Looking at all the Cannondale Synapse, Felt Z series, Specialized, Trek, they have 23 and 25 tires...So, remembering I am in the mid 250 range...What are you suggestions...I dont want to worry about wheel trouble every time I ride my bike... Or can I take those stock rims and change out to the 28 tires????
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Old 05-11-10, 05:50 AM   #32
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We have spme 300 pounders riding on 23's. One of my Mod staff is a CLyde that rides on 23 mm tires on a road bike, and has no problems with wheels or tires. He did go with a 36 spoke Velocity Deep V, though, and checks his air pressure daily before each ride. He's heavier than you, and has no issues. 250ish isn't that heavy, except in relation to a skinny roadie.

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Man, I really appreciate all your suggestions...I have read and read again to take in all comments...One thing that hit me is the recommendations not to go below size 28 tires? Looking at all the Cannondale Synapse, Felt Z series, Specialized, Trek, they have 23 and 25 tires...So, remembering I am in the mid 250 range...What are you suggestions...I dont want to worry about wheel trouble every time I ride my bike... Or can I take those stock rims and change out to the 28 tires????
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Man, I really appreciate all your suggestions...I have read and read again to take in all comments...One thing that hit me is the recommendations not to go below size 28 tires? Looking at all the Cannondale Synapse, Felt Z series, Specialized, Trek, they have 23 and 25 tires...So, remembering I am in the mid 250 range...What are you suggestions...I dont want to worry about wheel trouble every time I ride my bike... Or can I take those stock rims and change out to the 28 tires????
2 things, 1. Stay on top of your tire pressure. I was 250 when I got my bike, down to about 235 now and i had issues with flats. Gotta go to the max psi rating and even 5-10 over it and check it virtually everytime out.
2. You should be able to put 28 tires on those rims without issue.
3. If for some reason you can't, most decent bike shops should work with you to give you a comparably priced wheel/tire setup appropriate for you.

Lastly, Someone earlier mentioned bikes direct. I haven't bought from them yet but I'm in the same boat as you. I have a giant Rapid 3 which is an entry level flatbar road bike/hybrid and while it moves nicely, I can't help but want a true road bike when I see everone blowing by me. There are some great full ultegra equipped bikes from Bikes Direct for $1000. Your budget is $1500. You can spend the extra money to have a LBS complete the assembly, tune it and fit you to it and have a LOT more bike for a lot less $$$

I set the goal for myself to get down to 230lbs before buying a roadbike, partly to make sure weight on the bike is less of an issue. I'm almost there!
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Man, I really appreciate all your suggestions...I have read and read again to take in all comments...One thing that hit me is the recommendations not to go below size 28 tires? Looking at all the Cannondale Synapse, Felt Z series, Specialized, Trek, they have 23 and 25 tires...So, remembering I am in the mid 250 range...What are you suggestions...I dont want to worry about wheel trouble every time I ride my bike... Or can I take those stock rims and change out to the 28 tires????
Nothing to worry about except for the comfort of the ride
The heavier you are the higher the pressure that you require and thus the stiffer the tire... i.e. less comfort

I would run 25 or 28, usually you can go up or down one size on the same rims without any problem. You have to check the bike frame and fork if they allow the increase in thickness.

the important thing to look at when you are at these weights is the number of spoke per wheel, try to go up to 32 or 36 spoke per wheel to avoid truing your wheels every week or so
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I check my tire pressure before every ride. When I first rode my FX I kept about 110 psi. and after dropping 15lbs I run 95-100 psi. Glad to hear their are other riding with the smaller tires. I just dont want the smaller tires to hamper any good deals I can make on a good used bike if I find one, especially a Roubaix! For some reason, I really am drawn to that bike...Has anyone read reviews on the Fuji bikes? They have a cross model with Shimano 105 series and 700x30 tires...
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If you are really concerned about tire width (I don't think you need to be concerned) then you really need to check the frames and forks on performance road bikes. While I believe that these bikes best fit your needs as you described in the OP, I'm not sure that the forks have clearance for a 28mm tire. I checked once with cannondale on the synapse, they told me that it could take up to a 28mm tire, however, when I look at the clearance... it would be very tight if it actually fits. That being said, I'm 225 and have not had any issues riding 23mm tires.
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The increase in power need to maintain a given speed from going from 23 mm to 28 or 32 mm is pretty small. It matters if you spend your time at 30+ mph. At 20, it's noise. The increase in comfort, if you ride on anything less than glass-smooth pavement, is substantial.
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my brother is a shade over 300 lbs and recently bought a Giant Defy 3 and it's treated him well thus far. that is the most entry level giant bike and it's between 550 and 700 depending onwhere you look. The Defy 1 is the top of the defy series and can be had for 1250 which puts you 250 under your budget to put towards other accessories. you should do some test riding
Agree. I'm about 250 and I ride the all carbon Defy with 25mm tires.
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