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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 04-08-12, 10:03 PM   #1
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Newbie big guy!

More of an introduction I just recently decided to start biking again. Im a big guy and was recommended a trek navigator 1.0 by my local bike shop. Im a bit fearful of riding it as I currently weigh in around 350lb

The guy at the LBS did reassure me many times it shouldnt be an issue, even called in a second opinion from another one of the builders.

I will pretty much use this to get to and form work and maybe puttin about town and thats it. I have no plans on getting into a mountain bike until im about 75-100lbs lighter, maybe a christmas present to myself this year =D.

Just wanted to say hi!
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Old 04-08-12, 10:10 PM   #2
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Hi and welcome to Bike Forums! The Trek Navigator should not be a worry for you, it's an easy bike to ride and perfect to start out with. It's considered a "comfort bike" and as time goes on, you will find out what your needs will be in a second bike. But for now, it should serve you well.

Check out the Clydes and Athenas section, there are a lot of really nice folks in there who can relate to any concerns you might have about starting anew and if you have any concerns about fears of riding at your weight.

You'll be okay, you really will.
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Old 04-08-12, 10:15 PM   #3
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Welcome aboard, OverandUnder!

It sounds like you are on the right track, although I'm a reborn noob, myself.

Before you buy the 1.0, check out the Kona Splice. I was at ~230lbs when I bought one 4-5 months ago, and it has proven to be a reliable workhorse for my weight. The components seem a tad bit better vs. the Trek, with a slight price penalty.

Anyhow, all the best at ya!

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Navigators have always been a good bike for just what you need . Good healthy transportation . If you listen carefully when you go into a Wal-Mart, you can hear each of those bikes wishing they were a Trek Navigator . I think you are on the right track . I started out at 400 pounds on a higher end Huffy (if there is such a thing) and I'm at about 300 now. I ride a Cannondale H-300 , an old bike but it works for me. If there have been any problems due to weight, it's been about tires, not the bike itself. The weight will soon be less of a problem .
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Thanks for the welcomes! First trip to work went well and I realize now how out of shape I am. Growing up, I lived in a small town so I rode my bike for 6-10 hours a day, sometimes over 6 hours straight. Home to office is roughly 3.5 miles with a 400 foot elevation climb so not bad. But, with my weight helping gravity do its thing, it was a bit more than I anticipated.

The bike held up peachy keen. The LBS where I bought it from upgraded the tubes and also added a kevlar liner as I live in the country and a weed/thorn prone area. They also throw in 6 months free service and help with any warranty issues that may arise. Couple weeks of this and I will take the bike in for a checkup to see if I've broken anything.

Anyways, thanks again for the welcome!
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I think more than anything that check up after a couple of weeks is more for adjusting things. Cables tend to stretch during first few weeks of use, you may find you need some adjustment to shifter position or seat position in terms of comfort level. It's all about you and the bike getting used to each other! That bike is tough (I have the old Navigator 300) - it was my first bike after just getting restarted too. It's still going strong, and never had any problems.

Keep on going at a comfortable pace and before you know it, you'll be wanting to go further.
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I think more than anything that check up after a couple of weeks is more for adjusting things. Cables tend to stretch during first few weeks of use, you may find you need some adjustment to shifter position or seat position in terms of comfort level. It's all about you and the bike getting used to each other! That bike is tough (I have the old Navigator 300) - it was my first bike after just getting restarted too. It's still going strong, and never had any problems.

Keep on going at a comfortable pace and before you know it, you'll be wanting to go further.
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