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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 07-18-11, 03:51 PM   #1
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Looking for some help on bike selection. Here's the sitch...

Hey there, name is Kevin. Live in Huntley, IL.

The main reason i joined on is i am looking to purchase a bike and would like some expert help in finding one at a good price.

Here is my dilemma....

I am a 7/0 guy an easy 350, and im looking to get back into riding to help out with my weight and as exercise.

Goal, find a bike that i can get for under $400 shipped (less is always better) that will support me and not make me look like a clown on a children's tricycle. Also, im only 24 so style is still an aspect for me, prefer mountain bike type look. Thanks in advance!

Ok ready? GO!!!!
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Old 07-18-11, 05:03 PM   #2
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Okay here's an easy way to size a bike frame, head down to your LBS and take a look at some bikes there(even if you don't want to buy there). Even if they went let you test fit the frames by hopping on, you should be able to get a general idea from standover, you want the top tube at about 2 inches below your inseam or rather, this is what I have been told and found works for me. As for weight considerations, I'm a very light person myself you'll probably get a much faster/accurate response from the clydesdale/athena forum on that part.
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Old 07-18-11, 08:29 PM   #3
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so wait, do i need to post this again somewhere else? .... ive been looking at specialized and giant what do you guys think of those?
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Old 07-18-11, 09:42 PM   #4
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Mate...if you're 7 foot good luck!

I'm 6/5 with a long inseam and had a heck of a time finding a hybrid big enough. Even now with the XXL that has a 873mm standover and a 620mm top tube I still needed a 400mm seatpost extended to the limit to allow my legs to (almost) straighten out on the pedal stroke. I'm afraid you may need to compromise on riding position or go for a custom.
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so wait, do i need to post this again somewhere else? .... ive been looking at specialized and giant what do you guys think of those?
No need to repost, I've moved your thread to the Clydesdale/Athena forum.
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In your situation, you really only have a few options....

Look for a very large used bike (70 cm or larger), or go custom.

http://chicago.craigslist.org/nwi/bik/2489947281.html

This bike is over in Valparaiso, Indiana. It's the largest frame bike I can find in your area, at about a 68 cm frame.

The custom option would be something like a Zinn or CoMotion custom. We have a member here,. Mazama, who has a CoMotopn Mazama Custom, who's ypur height and weight.

Zinn will start you out about $5K and up

Co-Motion:

http://co-motion.com/index.php/singles/general/custom and you'll be looking at several thousand dollars there as well.

Look for a used 70 cm or larger road bike on craig's list or on ebay is my best advice.
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Ok, thanks for the replies! I went to the local bike place and came out with deciding on getting a Specialized Hardrock Disc 29 XXL (Shown Here: http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...2+Early+Launch) and im going to go with the White/Black combo (http://s7d5.scene7.com/is/image/Specialized/9126?$Display$).

Now im wondering if you guys know anywhere that may have this for a discounted rate over the $580. Call me a cheap ass or whatever, but if i can save a few bucks ill do it. Im guessing this probably isnt possible though as its a 2012 model.

Thanks!
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Hey there, name is Kevin. Live in Huntley, IL.

The main reason i joined on is i am looking to purchase a bike and would like some expert help in finding one at a good price.

Here is my dilemma....

I am a 7/0 guy an easy 350, and im looking to get back into riding to help out with my weight and as exercise.

Goal, find a bike that i can get for under $400 shipped (less is always better) that will support me and not make me look like a clown on a children's tricycle. Also, im only 24 so style is still an aspect for me, prefer mountain bike type look. Thanks in advance!

Ok ready? GO!!!!
THE perfect bike for your weight is a basic Worksman. No fenders, no gearing, no nothing to get a bike that can easily handle your weight.

They will build one for you and deliver it to your door 99% ready to ride.

www.Worksman.com
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THE perfect bike for your weight is a basic Worksman. No fenders, no gearing, no nothing to get a bike that can easily handle your weight.

They will build one for you and deliver it to your door 99% ready to ride.

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Glad to see you got your post moved to the right forum (Thanks CBad). Sorry I couldn't be more help too, but it looks like things are well in hand here.
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