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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 04-06-12, 07:09 PM   #1
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Clyde looking for first bike

Hi guys/gals, I need a little insight into purchasing my first bike. I haven't rode much since I was a kid, but now I want to get into it, for fitness and fun.

A little history about me.
I am 6'7 and weigh 263. Last March I weighed in at a 377lbs. Since then I have turned my life around and quit being a lazy couch potato to a active person. I now frequent the gym for strength training and cardio.

Now for why I'm here:
With spring here I am wanting to continue my fitness but want to get outside more(I am a avid outdoorsman.) I really want to take up biking but I am a complete noob when it comes to bicycles. My riding will be about 60% paved roads, trails, and 40% offroad, dirt trails. I need help choosing the type of bike that will fit my needs the best. I know I do not want a road bike, something more recreational/hybrid. Also my height is a big concern because I want something that will fit me and be comfortable to ride. The most I'd like to spend is $1000, bike only, not including helmet, lock, etc.
I plan to visit a few LBS to get more opinions but I figured I'd get the best advice here that way I somewhat know what to look for before I go shopping.

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Bigmike
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Old 04-06-12, 07:38 PM   #2
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This is a little over your budget at ~$1400 but fits your described needs. 60cm is the largest
Bar-ends: http://salsacycles.com/bikes/vaya_3/
Brifters: http://salsacycles.com/bikes/vaya/

The 2012 Raleigh Roper looks nice too but it is about $1500. 59cm is the largest
http://www.raleighusa.com/bikes/steel-road/roper-12/

The Soma Double Cross is a nice looking frame that comes in a 62cm
http://store.somafab.com/sodocrcyfr.html

If you are brave enough to do some assembly and can wait until the bike is back in stock
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...fantom_cxx.htm

Best wishes... it has taken me buying three bikes before knowing exactly what I want. I still have two of those three and will keep my comfort/hybrid bike for casual riding, I will keep my Schwinn LeTour as my speed demon (Randonneuring, Group Rides, Supported Centuries), and I will buy a Raleigh Sojourn for my main Commuter and Touring bike.
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Old 04-07-12, 06:48 AM   #3
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I would suggest an MTB or Cyclocross bike with 29" wheels. I like the Salsa Vaya suggestion above.
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