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    Recommend road bike for large man. HELP

    Hi guys,

    I want to buy a road bike but I weigh 330 pounds. Is there any bike that can support that kind of weight? I'll move to a mountain bike if I have to but would much rather buy a road bike if I can.

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    at #280 i've been on the specialized allez. stock alex held up for 2 yrs with a few truing jobs. have since upgraded to velocity deep v's and at #260 everything is fine. brother bought a trek 1.5 and had to build a rear wheel after first couple of rides. rear bontrager would not hold up to his weight. think he's around #300 and since new wheel no problems.

    also i've been mostly on 23 tires conti 4000s. used armadillos as well. no problems with tires holding up as well. some will say get the wider 25 or 28. that up to you

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    The bicycle frame itself shouldn't be an issue, but pay attention to manufacturers listed specs. I'm 350, which is down from 425 in March. I just bought a Cannondale CAAD9 which was recommended to me by several people as an exceptionally sturdy aluminum frame. You will need to replace your wheels though, probably immediately. Your LBS wheelbuilder can make more specific recommendations but I'm going with Velocity Dyad wheels in 36 spoke configuration. You'll want at least 32 spoke wheels and probably 36.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bassjones View Post
    The bicycle frame itself shouldn't be an issue, but pay attention to manufacturers listed specs. I'm 350, which is down from 425 in March. I just bought a Cannondale CAAD9 which was recommended to me by several people as an exceptionally sturdy aluminum frame. You will need to replace your wheels though, probably immediately. Your LBS wheelbuilder can make more specific recommendations but I'm going with Velocity Dyad wheels in 36 spoke configuration. You'll want at least 32 spoke wheels and probably 36.

    Thanks alot for the info everyone. I was most worried about the tires since road bikes have such thin ones but now I see guys my size ride these bikes with no issues. The CAAD9 looks like a real nice bike but I don't have that kind of coin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Boy View Post
    Thanks alot for the info everyone. I was most worried about the tires since road bikes have such thin ones but now I see guys my size ride these bikes with no issues. The CAAD9 looks like a real nice bike but I don't have that kind of coin.

    The only thing I can ad here as far as tires go is a suggestion to run them up to the max PSI to help avoid any pinch flats if you hit a pothole or railroad tracks to hard. Good luck and congrats on your life change!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bassjones View Post
    The bicycle frame itself shouldn't be an issue, but pay attention to manufacturers listed specs. I'm 350, which is down from 425 in March. I just bought a Cannondale CAAD9 which was recommended to me by several people as an exceptionally sturdy aluminum frame. You will need to replace your wheels though, probably immediately. Your LBS wheelbuilder can make more specific recommendations but I'm going with Velocity Dyad wheels in 36 spoke configuration. You'll want at least 32 spoke wheels and probably 36.
    350 on a CAAD9? I'm 180 and started out around 210 and still feel pretty heavy for the bike. I'm still on the crappy Shimano RS10 stock wheels, however. I notice little frame flex and I push it pretty hard but an extra 70-80 pounds wouldn't seem to work so well to me.

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    I may also recommend looking around for and trying a Specialized Sequoia Elite. They stopped making them last year but there a few left overs still out there. They featured a very upright riding position frame with a very long head tube, stiff aluminum construction and a wheel set with triple wall rims.....

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    How much do you have to spend?

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    If you decide to go mtn bike or hybrid, you can swap the knobbies for slicks and it will ride nicely on the road.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Accordion View Post
    350 on a CAAD9? I'm 180 and started out around 210 and still feel pretty heavy for the bike. I'm still on the crappy Shimano RS10 stock wheels, however. I notice little frame flex and I push it pretty hard but an extra 70-80 pounds wouldn't seem to work so well to me.
    I rode it and liked it. I also rode the 105 grouped synapse 5 and went with the CAAD9 4. There are quite a few Clydes riding CAAD frames. Those stock wheels are terrible anyway, let alone 24 spokes...

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    How tall are you and how do you intend to use the bike - what type or rides, how long, on what type of roads....?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Boy View Post
    Thanks alot for the info everyone. I was most worried about the tires since road bikes have such thin ones but now I see guys my size ride these bikes with no issues. The CAAD9 looks like a real nice bike but I don't have that kind of coin.
    I've been as high as 285 (temporarily stalled at 240 now; doggone Christmas cookies anyway), and the only thing I've had trouble with is wheels. Thirty-six spokes is pretty much minimum for me, but I've had good luck with ordinary off-the-shelf wheels, so you may not have to have them custom built (runs into $).
    Tires are easy--try to find a bike with room between the fork blades and under the brakes for 35mm or larger, instead of the usual 700x23 or so (those are really too small for anybody over about 175). A hybrid or touring bike may suit you better than a racing-oriented frame. My Atlantis was sold as an "all around" bike, but it's equivalent to a hybrid in many ways, and I haven't found anything it won't do. It was expensive as hell ($3000 or so now; I bought mine for my midlife crisis six years ago), but many medium-priced hybrids or cyclocross bikes share features with it. You might look at a Surly Crosscheck or Long Haul Trucker, www.surlybikes.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Kirk View Post
    How tall are you and how do you intend to use the bike - what type or rides, how long, on what type of roads....?

    Dave
    I am 5,11 and intend on just street/road riding 5 mile radious of the house. Eventually working up to longer trips. My goal is to be able to do a 60 mile (one way) ride.

    I also have another question, do you guys have issues with cars cutting you off and running you off the road? I am a little worried about street riding with all the idiots, hotheads, and half blind gerry attrics on the roads.
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    Among the Road Cycling Forum and other forums within Bikeforums, the participants have ridden thousands and thousands of miles out on the roads with the cars, trucks, buses etc. You will encounter some problems with motor vehicles. I believe we all do at one time or another. More often than not, you will get along fine (and safely) with motorists. Get with an experienced roadie in your area, and ride with him/her. You may want to ask if your LBS has beginner group rides wherein you can learn the ropes. I started riding the roads on my mountain bike (with slicks), switched to a road bike, and never looked back. Go for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Boy View Post
    I am 5,11 and intend on just street/road riding 5 mile radious of the house. Eventually working up to longer trips. My goal is to be able to do a 60 mile (one way) ride.

    I also have another question, do you guys have issues with cars cutting you off and running you off the road
    ? I am a little worried about street riding with all the idiots, hotheads, and half blind gerry attrics on the roads.
    where do you live? are you riding on rural roads with no shoulder, or city streets with a bike lane? A lot of times it comes down to common sense and finding out the hard way which roads to use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Boy View Post
    I am 5,11 and intend on just street/road riding 5 mile radious of the house. Eventually working up to longer trips. My goal is to be able to do a 60 mile (one way) ride.

    I also have another question, do you guys have issues with cars cutting you off and running you off the road? I am a little worried about street riding with all the idiots, hotheads, and half blind gerry attrics on the roads.
    I hate to go all A&S on you, but there are some things that are not intuitively obvious regarding how to avoid being run off the road. In a nutshell, if the lane is wide enough that you think a motor vehicle can safely pass you while staying in the lane, then ride towards the right edge of the lane. If you don't think the lane is wide enough for you to be safely passed in it, then take a lane position just slightly to the left of the middle of the lane. When "taking the lane" do try to find safe places for cars to pass you and help them do it. If there is a shoulder that can be safely ridden, go ahead and use it. Whenever you are not taking the lane, be aware that you are invisible to cross-traffic and oncoming cars that are going to turn left across you; prepare accordingly. One last thing: stay out of the door zone of parked cars.

    All that I just wrote, and more, will become obvious after you hook up with some experienced local cyclists. Good luck. Have fun.

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    for the record, I really like "gerry" as an adjective modifying "attrics"
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    Quote Originally Posted by kudude View Post
    where do you live? are you riding on rural roads with no shoulder, or city streets with a bike lane? A lot of times it comes down to common sense and finding out the hard way which roads to use.
    I live in a semi rural area no bike lanes here. I never see cyclists around here. I should be the only one, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Boy View Post
    Hi guys,

    I want to buy a road bike but I weigh 330 pounds. Is there any bike that can support that kind of weight? I'll move to a mountain bike if I have to but would much rather buy a road bike if I can.
    IIRC the Specialized Carmel used to be able to carry something like 137kg which isn't going to be far off your weight. If you start cycling you'll lose a few pounds fairly quickly I'd imagine.

    It's a hybrid bike rather than a road bike (it has straight handlebars rather than drop handlebars) and from what I recall will take a bit of off-road use as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Boy View Post
    I live in a semi rural area no bike lanes here. I never see cyclists around here. I should be the only one, lol.
    I ride a mountain bike around suburban London (England, not Canada), sometimes on the roads and sometimes off the roads. I mention that only to put what I'm saying into context so you can figure if it's relevant to you or not.

    Chances are you will come across some motorists who aren't really looking out for bikes, who aren't paying much attention to driving, or who are momentarily distracted by anything from their cellphone ringing to fiddling with the stereo to telling the kids in the back to shut up. That will be the same anywhere.

    When I first got the bike I hadn't cycled in 20-odd years so was inevitably a bit wobbly on it, didn't have much fitness so couldn't reach a very good speed and if I did reach a speed I couldn't sustain it. So I stuck to quieter roads and trails while I got to grips with the bike. Now I'm stronger and fitter, and I've got a much better feel for what the bike can do and what I can do with it as a rider, I'm more confident sharing busier roads with traffic.

    I still prefer smaller roads where possible (in the city I have the luxury of having lots of roads to choose from). What I've found is that if I'm on a piece of road where a car couldn't pass me safely I cycle in the middle of the lane to make it clear that I'm not going to let the car just edge past me. Then when it's clear for them to pass I pull over a bit so they can pass more easily. On a narrow bendy road where they can't necessarily see far enough ahead I'll give them a sign to either hold back or come pass, as appropriate.

    Be aware that people pulling out of side roads may genuinely not have seen you. I've been carved up a couple of times by people pulling out having either not seen me at all or not realised how fast I was going. With the best will in the world, the person pulling out may be a car or a fellow cyclist.

    A few times I come across the impatient drivers who don't want to wait but for the most part I've found drivers seem to appreciate that when it's safe for them to pass I get out of the way. A lot of the time it just boils down to road users considering other road users, and for the most part I don't have troubles with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garysol1 View Post
    I may also recommend looking around for and trying a Specialized Sequoia Elite. They stopped making them last year but there a few left overs still out there. They featured a very upright riding position frame with a very long head tube, stiff aluminum construction and a wheel set with triple wall rims.....
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    I saw the suggestion above for wheels with Velocity Dyad rims. Another option is DT Swiss TK540 rims (previously called TK7.1). Here are some pictures of a 36 spoke wheelset with those rims:
    http://s975.photobucket.com/albums/a...0TK7_1%207900/

    You probably also want to consider tires at least 700x28.

    My suggestion is to not worry about the weight of the bike. Get something that can support you properly. A few pounds of bike weight is a small percentage of total riding weight and will not be noticable.

    Maybe a steel frame like a Surly Pacer is something to consider.

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    First off welcome to the Clyde/Athena forum Big Boy.

    The main issue I see is more the wheels than the actual bike. Higher spoke count (32 or 36) wheels are more clyde friendly. Road bikes come in many variations as well including touring, cross, comfort, sport, racing, etc.. All of them have their pluses and minuses.

    Do you have a price range Big Boy? All of the bikes when fit correctly will handle the distances you mentioned. Do you plan on commuting, racing, going off road, go on a bike tour, or have a leisure afternoon with the family?
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