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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 05-04-10, 01:27 PM   #1
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Uber clyde needs help with optons

Ok, so i am an uber clyde, i used to bike, but stopped and gained a lot of weight, i am currently 360# and need a bike that will hold this weight. My old rig is a 2007 hard rock, with disc, obviously the wheels need to be replaced, but my budget is 200 to modify this bike for my weight, or 500 to purchase a new bike. Tis bike is going to primarily be used for a 12 mile roundtrip to town from the camp i am working at, and will probably be used 3-4 times a week. Please help me out, i really want to get back to riding
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Old 05-04-10, 01:35 PM   #2
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a set of stout 36h rims....that's about it

http://cgi.ebay.com/Alex-Adventure-2...item4cef2200de

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Old 05-04-10, 01:45 PM   #3
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Yer fine - don't worry about the bike - just hop on and ride.
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Old 05-04-10, 01:50 PM   #4
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How well will 36h wheels hold my weight?
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Old 05-05-10, 07:18 AM   #5
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Alright so two more questions, sorry to bump this thread up, but I am looking at bikes, and wondering how well a trek 7000 or 7100 will hold up, this bike is mainly going to be used on a paved road, and occasionally on a packed down gravel path (though the road hasn been redone in awhile)...my dad rides, and he swears by trek, if you know of an thing else below 450 that will work for me, let me know. my mom took my hard rock to the bike shop (im stuck at school) and as it hasnt been ridden in two years it needs about 200 dollars in work before i can buy components for it, so i figure i might as well look into a new bike (below are links to the bikes)

http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...h/hybrid/7000/

http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...h/hybrid/7100/
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It's kind of a Ford VS Chevy argument...

I personally love my 2010 Giant Suede DX - 26 inch wheels are stronger (generally) than 700cc wheels - Giant has no weight limit - "pedal forward" design mades riding more comfortable...

Having a LBS that you both can like and trust is KEY! As an example, the DX version is selling in OH for $459.00 - 21SP, etc
http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-US/...dx/3910/36607/
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Old 05-05-10, 03:18 PM   #7
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New under $500 options that I know of (as an uber-clyde these are what I'm considering or have considered):
Kona Smoke (my current #1)
29er with reinforced single-wall rims
36H
It's more of a touring bike so it's tougher than a road bike but not as aggressive as a mountain bike.
Kona has a lifetime warranty on their frames

KHS Urban-X
Also a touring bike
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Double walled rim (not to be confused with reinforced single-wall...)

For a mountain bike the Giant Boulder is a favorite.

All of these are under $400 stock. You'll probably make modifications to suit your tastes. I've only ridden the Smoke and I LOVED it.

Edit: As an aside, I'm about the same size as you and my stock rims are doing fine. Whatever came on the late 90's Hardrock. I think single-wall, 32h. I'll be riding them until they die then I'll upgrade. I'll suggest you don't "obviously" need to upgrade them until they show that they won't handle you.

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Redeemed07, Thanks much, im gonna see if I can find a LBS by me that sells kona, and try the smoke
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I bought a Trek 7000 about six weeks ago. I was about 310# at the time and have put 230+ miles on it, mostly on paved paths and on the road. It's been 100% rock solid, no issues whatsoever. I'd buy it again in a heartbeat. I went in to look at the 7100 but the LBS owner talked me out of that and into the less expensive one. He said (and he was right) that the extra $$$ for the suspension fork would be wasted on me.
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Give us some more info on what is wrong with the Hard Rock. That is a good bike, and a common recommendation for clydes.
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Give us some more info on what is wrong with the Hard Rock. That is a good bike, and a common recommendation for clydes.
Yeah, $200 seems like a lot of work for a 3-year old bike that's been sitting for 2 years. You might want to get a second opinion.
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The hard rock needs a new rear derailer, new chain, new tires (the tread on the tires is almost entirley gone) new wheels (the current ones are bent from a bad wipe out, and my riding style which used to be hard), and the brake pads need to be replaced
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The hard rock needs a new rear derailer, new chain, new tires (the tread on the tires is almost entirley gone) new wheels (the current ones are bent from a bad wipe out, and my riding style which used to be hard), and the brake pads need to be replaced
Even if $200 is accurate, it's certainly less than a new bike. That Hard Rock is only 3 years old! Unless there is a reason you want a different bike (my problem is hands going numb so I need a more upright geometry) you might want to reconsider a new bike and repair this one. Since you used to ride hard and need to rebuild anyway, go for the insanely strong build and enjoy the bike!

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I cant help with the bike choices you have listed, but at 350# (again) I started riding my Specialized Comfort Globe bike, I had the bike shop build a stronger rear rim cause I broke a spoke on the stock rim. I am at 320 now and am riding my Specialized Allez, it has mavic ksyrium rims and is holding up great.
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So, just an update, i talked to my LBS and this is what is happening: They are tuning up the bike, then they are using the current rims and hubs, and replacing the spokes with DT alpine 14 gauge spokes, triple crossed. So basically they are taking my old wheels, and rebuilding them to be stronger
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