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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 07-23-11, 11:12 AM   #1
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Former bicycle guy, now overwieght and ready to make a change. Need bike advice!

Hello, My name is Tim and I am a fat guy.

I was into bicycling in the mid to late 80's, rode some centuries, had a couple nice bikes etc. etc.

Well here I am now at 44 overwieght and ready for a change. I have lost wieght before and gained it back, so I know I can lose it, but I want to add exercise to my wieght loss, I have tried walking, but it is so darn boring, I want to get back in to cycling.

I have been away for a long time and need a little advice on a bike....I am about to drop the hammer on this:

http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...e#ReviewHeader

My intention is to start out riding around the neighborhood for a while and as soon as I can start using the bike for commuting, running to the store, anywhere I can go on a bike basically.

My questions are these 1. Will this bike work for a 360 pounder? 2. I am 5 foot 8" tall I am leaning toward the 19" frame, would this be the right size for me?

Thanks for any advice, and I must say that seeing what others here have accomplished is inspiring, I plan on spending plenty of time on these forums to gain knowledge and advice from you all.
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Old 07-23-11, 11:21 AM   #2
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A 19" frame may be on the large side for you but there isn't really commonality between different companies. Can you ride it before you buy?
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Old 07-23-11, 11:38 AM   #3
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I am ordering this on-line. I live in a small town in Iowa with no bike shops nearby. Plus I can use my bill-me-later account to purchase from that site.

Here is another I am looking at.

http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...0_20000_400316
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Hawk, I was down in small town Iowa after I bought a bike in Minneapolis. If you are in eastern Iowa I can recommend a couple of places that are worthy of a drive, one in Burlington and the other in Iowa City. I got a bike fit in Burlington and the guy did a bang up job and gave me much better advice and help than I got in Minneapolis.
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Old 07-23-11, 12:05 PM   #5
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Bickels? I used to buy my bikes from their back when I used to cycle 25 years a ago. They are an excellent shop.
But my "cash on hand" is a little short at the moment.
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You sound like me, I used to ride all the time up until the late '90's, and gained about 50lbs after stopping. I am 5'9" and have a 30" inseam, and my road bike is a 19", it fits fine, however, my hybrid & MT bikes are 17".

Performance's people are trained to size bikes for customers, let them measure you all over and give you ideas.
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Old 07-23-11, 12:30 PM   #7
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I am at about a 30" inseam also. Do you prefer the 17" frame size?
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I bought a Diamondback insight last year, and only had it a few months. At the time, all the reviews indicated that the wheels were a weak link on it, with frequent spoke failure. This may be fixed, but at your size, you might want to do some research before plunging.

Not a bad bike. Gave it to my Dad to help him recover from hip replacement surgery.
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one a side note...... dont compare what you USED to be able to do to what you are currently able to do. They dont play well in the sand together. Focus on what you can do. just my .02$
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one a side note...... dont compare what you USED to be able to do to what you are currently able to do. They dont play well in the sand together. Focus on what you can do. just my .02$
Not sure what you mean by that, but I realize that my 44 year old overwieght out of shape body is not capable of what my
in shape 20 year old body did...

Like I said I am going to start slow see how it goes and try to ride more and more each day until I can venture out in to town.
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I am at about a 30" inseam also. Do you prefer the 17" frame size?
It depends on the bike. 19 inch road bikes feel fine to me, but not on mountain bikes. Bike frame design has changed quite a bit since the '90's, so you still should try out different size bikes.
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hawk: I recently just started biking again and when I was younger, I could ride a century and did some double centurys and when I started riding two weeks ago, I could only do 10-13 miles and it killed me. Kinda disapointed me for a day or two because I would compare me now versus me back then so I just wanted pass that down to you.
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Hello, My name is Tim and I am a fat guy.

I was into bicycling in the mid to late 80's, rode some centuries, had a couple nice bikes etc. etc.

Well here I am now at 44 overwieght and ready for a change. I have lost wieght before and gained it back, so I know I can lose it, but I want to add exercise to my wieght loss, I have tried walking, but it is so darn boring, I want to get back in to cycling.

I have been away for a long time and need a little advice on a bike....I am about to drop the hammer on this:

http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...e#ReviewHeader

My intention is to start out riding around the neighborhood for a while and as soon as I can start using the bike for commuting, running to the store, anywhere I can go on a bike basically.

My questions are these 1. Will this bike work for a 360 pounder? 2. I am 5 foot 8" tall I am leaning toward the 19" frame, would this be the right size for me?

Thanks for any advice, and I must say that seeing what others here have accomplished is inspiring, I plan on spending plenty of time on these forums to gain knowledge and advice from you all.
Remembering that cycling for you will be a very different experience than you remember from the 80's IMO the best safest bike ,at your 360 lbs. weight, will be either a Worksman Cruiser or a steel framed rigid MTB with 36 spoke wheels.

As you loose weight your choice in bikes to try will open up pound by pound lost. Now that's a great goal to shoot for!!
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Well, I ordered it. No turning back now!
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