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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 02-06-12, 10:15 PM   #1
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Starting out riding again... Seat for an old Giant MTB?

A few weeks ago I started riding again after many years, haven't ridden over 20 miles in probably 15 years. My bikes are classics now. I still have my first MTB a Giant Butte and a slightly younger Giant Sedona with high bars. They are both around 20 years old now I guess.

My seats have died of old age, one is still decent but, the cover is really loose. I don't have a bike shop near by. The local one closed recently. Can you guys give me a simple seat suggestion? I guess a 155 cm Specialized seat would be my first try. I don't need anything expensive, I liked my stock Giant saddle till the foam came apart. I haven't shopped for bike stuff in so long I don't know where to look. I've been surfing Amazon and my local Academy sports.

I'm, 6'-4" and around 290 pounds, probably less since I've been riding. I'm getting back to riding for weight loss, my goal is 250 pounds. I'm a heavy frame sucker, big bones, big feet etc. When I was in good shape I weighed 245 to 250 pounds with a 36" waist, thats skinny for me.

Well, anyway... I've been reading the threads on here and I'm taking notes on the brands of stuff for big guys.

My old Butte needs work, I used it as a beach bike and the cables are rusted bad. I'm trying to decide if I should even mess with it. The whole bike is rough from Florida riding, it has many thousands of miles on it. It held up great considering a 250 pound kid rode it every day for years.

My Sedona is like new, so I put some tires and tubes on it, all I really need is a new seat thats wide enough for my big bones to get going good. I did a 22 mile ride last night for the first time since I was a teen. Felt good, my but is breaking in faster than expected, the Sedona seat is aftermarket. Some gel saddle, looks like a 155. Its too soft, but pretty good or the age, I thinks its 18 or so.

I live near a bike trail now, so I have a place to ride thats easy and paved. I'm looking forward to seeing some dirt by spring... hopefully. My legs are bulking up already, its time to get off my motorcycles and get the blood pumping.
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Old 02-06-12, 10:35 PM   #2
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The cables on the Butte could be replaced relatively cheaply. What is the frame made of?
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Old 02-06-12, 11:04 PM   #3
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I'm heavier than you (and shorter...think beach ball with eyes), and I have Brooks saddles on all of my bikes. The one I like riding lately has a B66. It's a springer and is really comfortable. The other saddles are B17s. They're expensive, but I feel they are worth it.
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Old 02-06-12, 11:08 PM   #4
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Its the steel frame, cro-moly. The sucker is tuff, I still have the original wheels on it. But, most of the miles on the Butte were in Florida, it did not see many rocks.

I need to look around and get some cables. I took the Butte for a 12 mile ride and the gear changes were hit and miss after adjusting. I'll need to replace the shifting cables soon. I have nice weather right now so, I'll be riding the Sedona since its shifting good. I don't really see anything different in the frames, the Sedona has better derailers, the Butte has the straight bars and better pedals. Both bikes feel about the same to me. I remember the Butte was the cheaper bike, but it was my favorite. I might swap the bars on the Sedona and ride it more since it has less miles on it.

I see there are these bars with arm rest or some thing, looks interesting. I guess you lay down on them....

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Old 02-06-12, 11:16 PM   #5
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Yeah, I have the B17 on Amazon bookmarked. Is it all leather? No padding at all?

I'll google the B66. I don't know if a spring seat would work for me, never tried one. I figure the B17 would fit me better.

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Yep, all leather, no padding at all. But, don't let that fool you. I found mine comfortable right from the start. I would go with a B67 instead of a B66 if I had not got this one for a song (did a trade with a friend). The B67 is a single rail seat that will work with modern seat posts. The B17 is hard to fault, though. I've got three of them.
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Yeah, I have the B17 on Amazon bookmarked. Is it all leather? No padding at all?

I'll google the B66. I don't know if a spring seat would work for me, never tried one. I figure the B17 would fit me better.
If you are interested in a B17 with springs, the Brooks Champion Flyer is the ticket.
http://www.wallbike.com/champion-flyer
"We give a SIX-MONTH UNCONDITIONAL GUARANTEE on new Brooks and Berthoud leather saddles."
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I've been looking at the Flyer myself. I may have to try one sometime.
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I've been looking at the Flyer myself. I may have to try one sometime.
I have one on my Rocky Mountain hybrid and it has been fabulous. Can't imagine ever parting with it.
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I'm about the same size as you, 6'4", 295lbs and have used more saddles than I care to mention. My favorites have been, in this order: Brooks Champion Flyer, Brooks B-67, Brooks B-17 and Terry Fly (its a tie for the B-17 and Terry though).
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The Champion Flyer appeals to me, I figure the B67 would not work with me leaned over on flat bars.

The springs on a B17 sounds good for a rigid MTB. I got my old Butte working right this morning, oiled the cables again and strecthed them out. Hopefully they will stay put till I feel like replacing them.

It looks like crap but, it rides ok. I'm trying to get my Father to go with me on the old Sedona with the high bars. He tried this morning, rode about a mile.

I raised my stem up, I think thats whats its called.... it feels better to my only 34 year old young back. My old wheels look good, they are 36 spoke. I'm headed out again for another 20 miles or so. I think I'll go ahead and try the Champion Flyer saddle based on the good feed back. As long as the springs will hold my 290 up.
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Just keep in mind it takes some miles for your butt to get used to riding again. When I first got the road bike my butt was killing me after 30 or 40 miles I kept trying new saddles suggested by my friends (I think I still have 4) and one of my friends whose been riding more than 30 years kept asking me how many miles I had ridden and when I told him 200, then 300, etc he said it ain't the saddle it's your a--, keep pedaling and sure enough somewhere around 1500 miles my butt quit hurting and it hasn't been an issue for the last 15,000 miles
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Yep, I know about but break in. I'm looking for a new saddle because my 20 year old one is done. I might as well get a better one. I'm just not sure about the leather on a mountain bike. I will be riding mild dirt often and I've always used the ones that have material that grips.

I'm going to hit the "LBS" about 23 miles away soon. I haven't looked at bikes in a long time, I want to see whats new. Might get a new bike once I get into better shape. I don't think there is a Specialized dealer within 100 miles of me though. I would like to check out the Milano saddle.
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