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    Super Clydes Over 300 lbs What do you ride?

    For Clydes over 300 lbs, or those who were what do you ride and what mods did you do.
    Pics would be great too.

    There are a lot of potential riders out there in this range that with out the right information will never ride due to lack of knowledge. Heck, I even read a comment somewhere that said if you were over 300 lbs you have no business on a bike, how many people would not be riding today if they had followed that advice.

    I know I had a hard time searching and finding a lot of information when trying to feel safe riding when over 300 lbs. Reading through the other Clyde what do you ride post after 2 pages no one was over 300 lbs. Heck when I get to 250 lbs I will be doing back flips I will be so happy.

    So if you will, post some information for people like me and hopefully get more clydes on 2 wheels.
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    I can not comment on how good it rides I pick it up from the shop today with the mods done.
    2007 Trek 8000, swapped stock tires out for less aggressive tires and added bar ends.

    I really want a road bike, that is my goal I want to put miles under me and live in a great area for that. I spend hours looking online at the Trek Madone and Specialized Roubaix, that is one of my motivators. My goal is to be able to ride one before fall.
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    I didn't ride until I got down to 275. Why? Never occured to me. I've poured over the posts here since I've joined and It appears to me that right off the bat you've choosen very, very well. So... What do people ride that are just beginning the journey? They ride 2007 Trek 8000's with road tires and bar ends.

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    Cannondale Caad9-4 with 36 spoke Velocity Dyad wheels... at least that's what I'll be riding once I get the bike off layaway.

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    I'm 325 now and once I'm fit and trim I doubt I'll be below 280.

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    Got my CAAD8 at 315lbs and didn't change anything on the bike. Used the wheels it came with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dkyser View Post
    For Clydes over 300 lbs, or those who were what do you ride and what mods did you do.
    Pics would be great too.

    There are a lot of potential riders out there in this range that with out the right information will never ride due to lack of knowledge. Heck, I even read a comment somewhere that said if you were over 300 lbs you have no business on a bike, how many people would not be riding today if they had followed that advice.

    I know I had a hard time searching and finding a lot of information when trying to feel safe riding when over 300 lbs. Reading through the other Clyde what do you ride post after 2 pages no one was over 300 lbs. Heck when I get to 250 lbs I will be doing back flips I will be so happy.

    So if you will, post some information for people like me and hopefully get more clydes on 2 wheels.
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    I have ridden the same Jack Taylor Marathon for the last 37 years. It has been painted once and components have been replaced and upgraded on a near continuous basis, but it is the same bike. Meanwhile, my weight has gone from 210 to 345 and is now back to 255. During that time I have changed wheels as my weight went up finally going with 48 spoke Phil Wood hubs and Mavic 519 and Sun Rhyno Lite rims. Lately with my weight back down I am using deeper section rims (Velocity Dyad and Deep V) with lower spoke count (40) with good results.

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    I am down another 5 lbs this week, getting closer each week to that road bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dkyser View Post
    I am down another 5 lbs this week, getting closer each week to that road bike.
    You could ride a road bike now. Just find a strong frame, I prefer steel, but it isn't the only choice, and strong wheels. The deep section rims now make high spoke count unnecessary. Slightly fatter tires will provide a better ride and prevent pinch flats.

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    At over 430 lbs, I didn't think there was anything I could ride. I started riding a heavy duty trike when I was about 400 lbs. I soon worked my way down to 360-370 and bought a Trek 7200. Those have been my two chariots ever since.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ClemY View Post
    You could ride a road bike now. Just find a strong frame, I prefer steel, but it isn't the only choice, and strong wheels. The deep section rims now make high spoke count unnecessary. Slightly fatter tires will provide a better ride and prevent pinch flats.
    you may be right but I have to get rid of some belly first so I can lean over easier. I also have a 3 year old bike with about 10 miles on it, I need to make myself work up to the road bike.
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    I am 330 lbs and have been riding a 2008 Specialized Sequoia Elite that i bought new. The only mods are a Brooks Team Pro Saddle, Thomson set back post, 105 pedals and replaced the 30 tooth front gear with a 26 tooth.(just did this last week so I havnt rode it yet) we did have to warranty the factory rear wheel after the first year due to cracks around the spokes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dkyser View Post
    you may be right but I have to get rid of some belly first so I can lean over easier. I also have a 3 year old bike with about 10 miles on it, I need to make myself work up to the road bike.
    Leaning over for a road or even most mountain bikes is a definite issue for me as well. Not sure if it affects you the same way, but in my case the pressure on my gut makes breathing more difficult than it should be. On my comfort bike, I can climb hills, and will get winded, but can continue. Leaning over, I can barely breathe at the top of the same hills. Eventually, I may join those riding road bikes, but for now upright riding position is key.

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    bbeck, The Trek website is down right now but I believe that is one of the few bikes they offer than has 36 h wheels. It took me forever to find some trek bikes with 36 spoke wheels.
    I realize you can have wheels built, but for those who are like me, in rural areas its harder than you think. You go in these small town LBS and talk about wanting a wheel built they look at you like your nuts. Sure you can order online, but still not the same as picking up a bike ready to go and ride.
    Once you find a knowledgeable LBS it would be much easier I am sure. My LBS's have nice people in them, but when asked about wheels, they claim they are all good and can hold up and I just have a hard time believing there is not a difference from model to model.

    Thanks everyone for posting, I really feel this thread will prove useful to a lot of lurkers who do not post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aahzz View Post
    Leaning over for a road or even most mountain bikes is a definite issue for me as well. Not sure if it affects you the same way, but in my case the pressure on my gut makes breathing more difficult than it should be. On my comfort bike, I can climb hills, and will get winded, but can continue. Leaning over, I can barely breathe at the top of the same hills. Eventually, I may join those riding road bikes, but for now upright riding position is key.
    Amen to that.
    I know there is no bike that I will look good on for some time, and it should not matter to me but...... I can just hear the comments form people driving by seeing me on a thin wheel road bike. I am sure it would look like some shoved a unicycle up my backside.
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    Hello

    I have bounced up and down with my weight for a while now. in 2005 I started with a Raleigh mtb that was given to me, weighed 360 at the time, and I had it modified into a up right bike. In order to do that I had the stem changed to a short steep one, and handlebars. This change moved the handlebars up by 7", and it rides like a champ. Even with the hated front fork, rock shock, I had completed my first metric in 2008 on my comfort bike.

    In 2009 I was given a trek 1.2 for my birthday. The first mod to that was peddles, and seat. After 250ish miles I replaced the back wheel with a Deep V using a 105 hub. I did ride this bike at the 295-305 yo yo in 2009 for STP, and two other centuries as well as lesser mileage rides.

    I can understand what you mean about looking huge. I am a short fat fellow with a 27.5" inseam, so have a 52cm frame. On the other hand on today's ride, first ride with 46cm handlebars, I did not feel so big, so I do regret waiting to change out the bars till now. I still wiegh 285 or so today. But I don't really care what people think about me on the bike. Since I realize that people will laugh at a fat person on or off the bike. At least I know that I am doing something I enjoy, provides health benefits, and lightens my mood.

    So go get a bike that fits you, that is comfortable, and that you will ride. Also don't worry about what others think, that is just a barrier you create for your self.
    Also remember, not all skinny people are healthy, or in good shape I just choose not to mock them for their poor life choices.

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    I went on Craigs and found a really nice 1986 Schwinn Prelude...Everything was in great shape but....I had Velocity Chukker Rims with Phil Wood Hubs...oh and 48 spokes. I wanted something that was going to be bombproof. The wheelbuilder suggested Panaracer Pasela (sp?) Tour Gurad tires, so I took his suggestion.

    I rode a Kona Dew FS from Apr 2009 to October 2010. Last year...in 800 miles I broke about 5 spokes all in the rear wheel..once a month. I'm not 100% sure why, but I don't plan on breaking any more now!

    The Kona is a pretty nice bike. I bought it not knowing what I was going to do with it in terms of how I would be riding. Not knowing very much about bikes, I found that the aluminum frame was really noisy...lots of creeks and squeeks that made me feel like I was going to end up on my face! (don't know if I actually would or not).

    So far with 35 miles on the Prelude and the new wheels, no problems...The bike rides like a dream!
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    My LBS recommended that I go with a Trek 7200 in the 25" frame size due to not only my weight but also my height. Since I am 6'6" and can weigh (recently) close to 350 the bike has had to deal with a lot of abuse with not many miles. "Trigger" has been carrying me without many complaints for as far as I'm willing to pedal with only one repair that wasn't handled for free by my LBS (The benefit of buying local, the service after the sale). Like Team Ogre I'm approaching no longer being in the realm of the Spartan Clyde (300+) with the most recent weigh in reading 317.

    Part of my personality includes wanting to try new things and so I have had a lusting in my heart for the bike recommended by a blogger who posts as "Chubby Super Biker". His mount is a Surly Long Haul Trucker with some mods. I'm thinking that his recipe might be cooking up my next bike. At twice the price of a 7200 the LHT isn't something I can spring for easily, but may have to make sacrafices to own. May set it up as my "250" reward. Still heavy enough that the steel frame will be welcome but in better shape to need the geometry of a road bike for longer rides.
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    I caught a deal on a last season '09 Trek 4500 MTB in May 2010. I adjusted the seat and everything and am comfortably in between the Cruiser upright and the laid out Road Bike rides. The only mod on my bike is my LBS replaced my stock chain to a heavy duty chain as I had snapped the chain in about 20-30 miles of having ridden it. I live in a hilly area and the added power in my legs snapped the chain, broke the dropout and ruined the rear derailer, per the inspection results of my LBS manager. I am sitting all all stock except the chain and have not had any issues since getting everything adjusted where it needed to be. Oh yeah, I am 6' 4" and approx. 400 lbs.

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    I am 300 lbs and ride a Trek madone 6.2 and have never had one bit of trouble. I chose the bike because trek doesn't have weight limits and its really cool.

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    I am about 330 right now and ride a 2009 K2 Zed, it is as it came from the store besides a new front derailleur and a set of Odyssey trail mix pedals, it has 32 spoke double wall wheels and they are still true. I bought it because it looked sturdy and so far has held up since June 2009 pretty good to me and about a 20 mile stretch of rail trail that I regularly ride.

    Would I have bought it If I was as informed as I am today about bikes? I don't know but that would only be because of other people and what they have to say "on the net" but the way I see it is if it has held up to me riding it for the last 2 and a half years at 330+ pounds it has to be an ok bike

    I am planning on upgrading the crankset this year at some point but that's for another thread

    and since you said a pic would be great too, here is a shot I took from my last ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkyser View Post
    bbeck, The Trek website is down right now but I believe that is one of the few bikes they offer than has 36 h wheels. It took me forever to find some trek bikes with 36 spoke wheels.
    I realize you can have wheels built, but for those who are like me, in rural areas its harder than you think. You go in these small town LBS and talk about wanting a wheel built they look at you like your nuts. Sure you can order online, but still not the same as picking up a bike ready to go and ride.
    Once you find a knowledgeable LBS it would be much easier I am sure. My LBS's have nice people in them, but when asked about wheels, they claim they are all good and can hold up and I just have a hard time believing there is not a difference from model to model.

    Thanks everyone for posting, I really feel this thread will prove useful to a lot of lurkers who do not post.

    here is a pic of mine. it came with Alex AS1, 24-hole/28-hole set up. after the warranty they installed Mavic CXP22, 32-hole on the rear. i have not had any issues with the Mavic wheel. the Alex never bent a spoke but did have small cracks around the eyelets hence the warranty. at this time I can not buy custom wheels and couldn't when I purchased the bike. so I am riding what it came with until I have to do better!

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    I ride this http://www.trekbikes.com/int/en/bikes/2004/archive/t300 but now it looks like this

    I added butterfly bars, Brooks Flyer and come dual-sided pedals to it and the bike serves me well. while it fits me well, I'm not thrilled with the aluminum frame. I currently weigh 305lbs and I've not had any problems with it. I hope to be riding a steel framed touring bike sometime this year, but I'm in no rush. On my trainer I ride an old Raleigh Super Grand Prix. I also have a '95 Specialized Hard Rock that has real beauty issues, and a '85 Raleigh Kodiak touring bike that I want to convert over to 700cc wheels, but I need to learn about wrenching and such first. FWIW, I started my journey riding a Pacific MTB and had no problems with that except that it was too small for me. Being 6'4" AND finding bikes in my size can be cost prohibited.
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