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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 04-04-12, 07:47 PM   #1
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Newbie! No bike yet... Overwhelmed!

Hey guys and girls!


I started to change my life in the spring of last year... Originally weighing in at over 330lbs (at 6'4), I currently tip the scales at 252lbs as of this morning... I've become, primarily, a runner (5k's, almost a 10k).... Riding a bike again has sparked my interest, especially since my little man is now 8 and is riding himself...

There's an absolute TON of info on this site, from what I'm seeing... Now just to sort throw it all and FIND ME A BIKE!

Thanks

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Old 04-04-12, 07:57 PM   #2
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Find it on Craigs List, ride the heck out of it, if you like it, go to a bike shop in 6 months for a better mount. Oh yes, if it is sold in Wal-Mart, it's a boat anchor, and best used as such.
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Old 04-04-12, 07:58 PM   #3
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Congrats on the lifestyle change! When it comes to picking a bike, I always suggest that you think about what kind of riding you want to do. You're not trying to compete in a triathlon, right? You mention riding with your little one, right? Consider a nice hybrid or comfort bike. Once you've decided on the type of bike, go ride a few at the local bike shop. Do what feels good, so you're more likely to keep doing it.
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Old 04-04-12, 08:13 PM   #4
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Also pick a price range. Bicycles within any price range are generally equipped with similar quality components. So get the one that fits best and you want to ride. Manufacturers may have different frame geometries and one may feel better than another.
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Pick your favorite Bike shop, 1st, then the people there will help you select a bike.
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Congratulations! You are on the verge of learning something that is available to the whole world, yet is known by only a select few:

Riding a bicycle is the very easiest, most enjoyable way to lose weight and regain health. And, as a bonus, it measurably slows down the aging process.

Don't dawdle and don't spend a lot of money yet. Just get something and ride it. When the time comes to replace it, you'll have a much better idea of just what you want.

Prepare yourself for bad weather and don't let it stop you. You must ride on more days than you don't in order to reap the benefits. But there's another open secret; it's far more enjoyable than non-riders realize. Not a hardship at all, really.

You'll never regret it.

Best of luck....
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Old 04-04-12, 08:45 PM   #7
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Six months ago I also decided to change things in my life, started riding a chinamart bike and realized it had to go back after 120 miles. Started with 5 miles, 4 days in a row, rest a day, and repeat. Then went to a local bike shop and got a nice hybrid, it's a lot more fun to ride, now riding 30 miles a day. Don't know if I've lost much weight yet, but I feel much better, and my clothes are getting loose. I have seen many things I'd never see from the car, or the couch, and have made a few new friends as well. I can't figure out why I didn't do this sooner.

As said, just get a bike and ride it. After some time you'll have an idea of what to get next.
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Old 04-04-12, 09:02 PM   #8
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Oh yes, if it is sold in Wal-Mart, it's a boat anchor, and best used as such.
disagree with you my commuter is a walmart beach cruiser, yes heavier than a tank, but its a great bike.
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Pick your favorite Bike shop, 1st, then the people there will help you select a bike.
100% the best advice, pick your fav bike shop then pick the prettiest bike they steer you towards.
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*lol* Thanks for the advise there

/stares for the prettiest bike
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disagree with you my commuter is a walmart beach cruiser, yes heavier than a tank, but its a great bike.
Technically it would still work as a anchor : )
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welcome to the cult.... i mean sect i mean ahh what ever works

just remember your first bike won't be your last. So it does not have to do it all, Work out what you need it for and set a budget . In 12 months time you will be looking for a new bike because you can't help it.
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Old 04-04-12, 10:19 PM   #13
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I'm new to cycling and couldn't decide on a bike either. After visiting both of my LBS i decided to purchase from the LBS that treated me like a customer. Sure it is 25mins away compared to the 7 of the other, but i felt more comfortable at the Specialized store. They have spent HOURS with me on my four visits.
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Old 04-05-12, 03:55 AM   #14
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I'm new to cycling and couldn't decide on a bike either. After visiting both of my LBS i decided to purchase from the LBS that treated me like a customer. Sure it is 25mins away compared to the 7 of the other, but i felt more comfortable at the Specialized store. They have spent HOURS with me on my four visits.
That's what I'm talking about, excellent service = customer loyality! I have yet to work up the nerve to venture into a LBS, super intimidating. I bought my bike off craigslist, just so happen the guy who sold it is a bike mechanic who used to work for an LBS, lol go figure. I love my bike she is super cute with girlie colors and performs well. I think loving your bike is key. If you don't love it or even like it it will just sit in the corner collecting dust. I can't tell you how many times I wake up and go to the garage just to look at my baby, lol. This site and it's folks have a vast wealth of knowledge and they'll help you out. Good Luck. Oh congrats on the weight loss, sounds like you've been kicking butt and taking names for awhile now.
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Old 04-05-12, 04:29 AM   #15
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Great job on the weightloss! So what kind of riding do you want to do? Road,Trail, Mountain?
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Three things to remember:
1) NEVERbuy a bike from a big box or department store.
2) Buy from a bike shop which has people who listen to you and make you comfortable
3) NEVER EVERbuy a bike from a big box or department store.

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As a fellow new guy, I can't emphasize enough the value of the LBS. I didn't know what I didn't know and the shop really focused on educating me before selling me (ultimately the same thing in this case). The one thing I walked away understanding is bike fit is more important than almost anything else for us newbies to feel comfortable as we get into riding.
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*lol* Thanks for the advise there

/stares for the prettiest bike
it may sound like a joke but its not, a good LBS will get you on the best bike for you and will get in the best and comfortable position for your body/strengths/flexibility, and handle all your service and questions after the purchase.

so really all you need to do is pick the bike that looks the best that just looking at screams to you "ride me"

I recently bought a used bike and having a tough time finding a comfortable fit. its ok for me cause i enjoy figuring out and testing the new tweaks. not everyone will want to do that they want to be comfortable right off the bat.

if your not comfortable you will dread riding. You will get muscle discomfort AFTER riding, which is progress. You don't want discomfort WHILE riding.
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Technically it would still work as a anchor : )

LOL, it probably could have saved the Titanic [from being re-release in 3d also]
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Definitely find a LBS that you like. I'm pretty fortunate that I have two (one right next to my apartment, the other is a chain here in the DC area) that don't dismiss me because I'm pushing 400lbs. Last week I bought a new bike from one of them and they went out of their way to make sure it was set-up and ready for the daily punishment someone my size is going to put it through.

Like everyone else said - welcome to the club! You're going to love riding, I know I do.
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....super cute with girlie colors and performs well. I think loving your bike is key. If you don't love it or even like it it will just sit in the corner collecting dust. I can't tell you how many times I wake up and go to the garage just to look at my baby, lol.....

I know just what you mean. I spend a good deal of time just looking at my bike. I suppose I should say 'bikes' since I have two that I alternate on. They're ugly ducklings, really. No one else is going to get starry-eyed just looking at them.

But I admire them anyway.
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Old 04-09-12, 08:40 AM   #22
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Thanks for the responses guys!

I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that LBS stands for "local bike store"?

If that's the case, then yes I'm going to go down to one on my days off this week and see what they have to offer

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Welcome!

and I second the Advice about find a nice used craigslist bike and ride it into the ground. If cycling is going to be for you it should not be a problem.

Awesome Blog by the way
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I spent 20 years looking at my long lost love in the corner of the basement now shes in for a facelift and I miss her.
Dude you been kicking butt in the weight loss. Find a good store that will take the time to measure you and think about where you are going to ride.A cheap bike is not a good date and one size dose not fit all.
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I too would say to get friendly with you LBS. My main ride is a 1988 Trek 900 hybrid that I rescued from flooded basement. But I good LBS helped me restore it to working order. I also buy accessories there and bought a helmet mirror there just this afternoon. The guy even put it on my helmet for me and showed me how to adjust it. Try getting that from Crapmart.
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