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    looking for a good quality road bike capable of triathlons for 300 lb plus rider

    I've been looking for a good road bike, probably in the $1500 price range. At 39 years old I found myself in horrendous shape, pre-diabetic, high blood pressure, etc... I've been working on losing weight since March of 2010, having lost a little over 70 lbs so far, though I've been at a plateau for about 6 weeks. This is through a combination of eating right and light exercise - currently walking 3-5 miles 4 days a week and lifting weights 2 days a week. I'm looking to start riding and my goal is to complete a half-triathlon late next summer. I used to ride a lot when I was younger, including a couple of century rides and a sprint triathlon.

    For the most part I think the frames shouldn't be a problem - I'll probably go with aluminum, but maybe carbon fiber, which I'm told is stronger and more compliant than aluminum. I'm sure I'll have to have wheels made and my local bike shop quoted me at $400 for a set... I can probably offset that somewhat by selling the stock wheels. In that price range, the stock wheels should be pretty decent and maybe a significant upgrade for somebody on a cheaper bike.

    What bikes should I be considering? So far, the Felt bikes seem to be a very good value, but I'm not very familiar with them. My local shop has quite a few leftover '10 Cannondale, Specialized and Trek bikes in that range.

    I'm 6'5", but only wear a 32" inseam, so I have a VERY long torso which will impact comfort.
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    I started riding (and still do) a 2010 Roubaix Comp (full-carbon) in March at 316lb. Cant say enough positive things about this bike. Very comfortable and when you want to try a little harder the bike is more than ready to get up and go - light, strong and fast - what more do you need?

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    Quote Originally Posted by magohn View Post
    I started riding (and still do) a 2010 Roubaix Comp (full-carbon) in March at 316lb. Cant say enough positive things about this bike. Very comfortable and when you want to try a little harder the bike is more than ready to get up and go - light, strong and fast - what more do you need?
    Thanks! That was one that I looked at. That and the comparable Cannondale in both aluminum and carbon fiber. I think I'm going to go to my local Felt/Kona dealer and check them out too.

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    Welcome bassjones Congats on your progress to date. Checkout http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...fter-Pics-here! you'll find yourself in good company here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jethro56 View Post
    Welcome bassjones Congats on your progress to date. Checkout http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...fter-Pics-here! you'll find yourself in good company here.
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    I'm not as tall as you, but I have a similar long torso and short legs. Getting adequate standover might be a problem for you, as it was for me. You'll probably end up with a sloping top tube; many road bikes in the "plush" category have them. I use a steel SOMA Smoothie myself, but there are others. If you like the Felt dealer, look at the Z85, with an aluminum frame and a quality build for the price, with reasonably hefty wheels. If the dealer has a good wheelbuilder that will re-tension the wheels for you, you might not need a custom set, but if you do you'll have room left in your budget for them.
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    I bought a used specialized roubaix when i was about 300 pounds. I had to replace the rear wheel for a couple hundred bucks to avoid breaking spokes, b ut other than that it has been wonderful
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    I don't know if it will make any difference but my inseam has went up from 30" when I weighed over 300 lbs to 32" now. I'm 6'2".

    When I weighed 400 lbs I was full blown type 2 diabetetic. Even though my last A1Hc test was below 5 (normal) the doc has kept me on Metformin. He said it's really safe and helps me stick with the diet. My diabetes has to do with cellular insensitivity to insulin. I make plenty of insulin but my cells are lazy in using it. If I understand it correctly the Metformin slows the conversion of food to blood sugar. My belief is that when my blood sugar peaks after a meal and is coming down it triggers the feeling of hunger. By slowing down the conversion I don't peak as high and I don't get strong hunger signals as it comes down.Not all people react to the medication like I do. Some have actually gained weight after beginning treatment.

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    Good job bassjones. I started out at 282lb about March 2010 and just got below 260 I'm impressed. Long top tube and a long stem

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    Quote Originally Posted by bassjones View Post
    I've been looking for a good road bike, probably in the $1500 price range. At 39 years old I found myself in horrendous shape, pre-diabetic, high blood pressure, etc... I've been working on losing weight since March of 2010, having lost a little over 70 lbs so far, though I've been at a plateau for about 6 weeks. This is through a combination of eating right and light exercise - currently walking 3-5 miles 4 days a week and lifting weights 2 days a week. I'm looking to start riding and my goal is to complete a half-triathlon late next summer. I used to ride a lot when I was younger, including a couple of century rides and a sprint triathlon.

    For the most part I think the frames shouldn't be a problem - I'll probably go with aluminum, but maybe carbon fiber, which I'm told is stronger and more compliant than aluminum. I'm sure I'll have to have wheels made and my local bike shop quoted me at $400 for a set... I can probably offset that somewhat by selling the stock wheels. In that price range, the stock wheels should be pretty decent and maybe a significant upgrade for somebody on a cheaper bike.

    What bikes should I be considering? So far, the Felt bikes seem to be a very good value, but I'm not very familiar with them. My local shop has quite a few leftover '10 Cannondale, Specialized and Trek bikes in that range.

    I'm 6'5", but only wear a 32" inseam, so I have a VERY long torso which will impact comfort.

    I'm a "big boy" too so I know your concerns well. IMO steel frames are a requirement as well as extra strong wheels. If you find a bike with those features but it doesn't quit fit you consider a solid bar "layback" seatpost to help fit the bike to you.
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    Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
    Aluminum: barely a hundred, which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?

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    Oh man... Found a 2 year old Cannondale Synapse with 105 group components for $600... Considering it. Bike is in practically new shape. Guy who bought it has 3 other bikes and didn't ride it much. Right size for me too - 60CM.

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    No ones made a *big* point of it so I will. Wheels are going to be the primary concern at your weight and not necessarily frame material. Make sure you get some strong wheels

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    Quote Originally Posted by rfmarotti View Post
    No ones made a *big* point of it so I will. Wheels are going to be the primary concern at your weight and not necessarily frame material. Make sure you get some strong wheels
    Yup, already planning on it. It's got 32 spoke wheels on it now. Is that enough or should I upgrade to 36?

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    Well, you could start with 32 and see how it goes. If you start breaking a lot of spokes, then upgrade to the 36. My husband is 275 lbs with 32-spoke wheels and he got some spoke rub at the beginning but they adjusted the spokes for him and he hasn't had problems since then. I don't see the point in upgrading proactively, when you don't know if the 32-spoke ones will be a problem or not.

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    bassjones, As long as the bike fits, it's perfect (I'm Cannondale prejudice.) I wouldn't worry about a new wheelset just yet. Take the wheelset to the LBS and have them retension, stress and retrue. Now-a-days most wheelsets are machine made and most are not evenly or properly tensioned.

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    It's actually at a dealer. The guy traded it in on a CF Tri-bike.

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    ordered my shoes (Pearl Izumi) and pedals (Shimano SPD-A520) today... Found good deals on both. Working OT for the next couple of weeks so hopefully I can get the bike pretty soon... If it's gone, I'll probably just hold out until Spring and get the Z-85.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bassjones View Post
    ordered my shoes (Pearl Izumi) and pedals (Shimano SPD-A520) today... Found good deals on both. Working OT for the next couple of weeks so hopefully I can get the bike pretty soon... If it's gone, I'll probably just hold out until Spring and get the Z-85.
    You should be able to put a deposit down on it, ask the shop.

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    ^+1

    bassjones, If the bike fit it's worth a lay-a-way.

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    No layaway on used items.... I figure if I walk in with 50% they might hold it though.

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    If price is a big deal look at some of the older large aluminum tubed Cannondale frames.. Those frames were super stiff and could be bought for a great price..

    Look at the Caad 5 to Caad 9 models..

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    Just got turned on to Scott bicycles. I met a couple of local clydes who are riding them. I'm going to go test ride an S-series and possibly pre-order a 2011 S-20 if I like the ride. I'm going to be riding the Cannondale Caad 8/10 and Synapse, the Scott S-series, Felt Z and F series and Specialized Roubaix and then choose the one I like best. If it ends up being the Synapse, I may still try to get the used one, but for my 32" inseam the 60 seems a bit tight on the standover height.

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    Local Cannondale LBS has a 9-4 leftover... Maybe putting it on layaway in the next week or two. SRAM rival instead of Shimano... Comes with some cheap wheels, so I'll need to get stronger wheels as well.

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