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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 04-20-12, 12:01 PM   #1
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Heavy potential cyclist looking for help.

Good afternoon everyone.

First off id like to give you what im hoping will be a brief background on myself. Im 33 years old and have not ridden a bike since i was about 16. reason being is i was just too heavy to do it anymore. my highest weight was 585 lbs, january 2010 i underwent gastric bypass surgery and am now sitting at 331 lbs. Im in the gym a lot but am looking to take my cardio outside during the spring/summer months. Id like to get back into cycling because i loved doing it as a young boy and to also prove to myself im no longer "too fat for that"

SO what im getting at i guess is where do i start? i want a durable bike that will not fall apart on me. my most common problem back when i was riding was the pedals. the "guts" inside where the pedals connected to the arms snapped like twigs. not to mention the spot that housed the bearing assembly where the arms drive the chain. (hope you know where im talking about)

Im also not a very rich man. i simply cannot afford to dish out 600+ dollars on a bike. but i dont want to waste my money on a "canadian tire special"

any tips or advise would be greatly appreciated.

thank you.
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Old 04-20-12, 12:07 PM   #2
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Hey, I was just in missassauga the other day. had to buy a winter coat just for the occasion.

There are about 42 threads just like this one with people in your exact shoes. I'd suggest browsing around because there is a lot of excellent information in those threads already that will probably benefit you.

Good luck and I hope you succeed i your quest!
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Old 04-20-12, 12:11 PM   #3
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Hey, I was just in missassauga the other day. had to buy a winter coat just for the occasion.
We actually had a very warm winter this year. I would HATE to see how you would cope with a Timmins winter. they average -35 during jan/feb

Thanks i really should have looked around first. you'd think being on so many forums id actually know to do this...
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Old 04-20-12, 12:35 PM   #4
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Someone should make a list. Or at least a list of threads.

I must say, congratulations on the weight loss. You have come a long way!

My husband bought an inexpensive bike last year as he wasn't sure he wanted to ride. He bought a Trek Navigator. He weighed just a bit less than you at the time. The bike has been sturdy enough for him, though he did need to change the seatpost clamp. He got a prior years model and ended up paying a little more than half of the list price. THe bike is a tank. Now that he is riding more he is thinking about upgrading to a lighter bike, though still a hybrid design.

What the guys here say is that the major limiting factor for heavier riders is not the frame of the bike but the wheels. Weight may cause them to go out of true and to break spokes. You may end up having to upgrade wheels at some point to one with a higher spoke count. My husband's Trek Navigator has 26 inch wheels with pretty large tires, though not with a lot of tread. They have held up well.

You can also try Craigslist in your area and run some possibilities past the guys here.
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Old 04-20-12, 12:53 PM   #5
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You can always buy sturdy metal pedals.

I started riding last year. I bought a bike at Academy because that's what I could afford and my husband didn't want to pay for a better quality used bike. So I bought a cheap bike and rode the heck out of it all summer long. It broke in November. I had been fixing lots of little things on it (replaced three sets of pedals, the brake cables, had to fix the hubs) but it finally got to the point where I needed tools I didn't have and parts that were going to cost more than the bike was probably worth. I couldn't afford to replace it with a good bike until February, and by then I had gotten soft(er) and lazy I've been trying to get back to riding as much as I did last summer, but it's taking a while.

So what's the point of my ramble? Buy a good used bike, like a Trek or a Giant, and make sure you keep the tires inflated to the right pressure (to help the rims hold your weight). Or buy a cheaper new bike, but bike shop quality. This one is not too expensive, I was thinking about it before I bought my current bike. http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/...st/9019/48871/ I don't like the suspension seat post (it just seems to keep the saddle jammed into your butt no matter how you adjust your posture) but those can be changed out for a plain one.
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No one makes a bicycle that are as strong as "Worksman" . They make bikes mainly for industry but have a "civilian" line that is a great place to start for the uber heavy person.

That means their bikes are heavy but that also means that they will get the uber heavy person slimmer so they can then buy a lighter weight bike later. I've ridden Worksman's for 40 years and just like the easy laid back nature of a cadillac cruiser.

www.worksman.com

Oh yes worksman are american made bicycles and always have been american made.
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What the guys here say is that the major limiting factor for heavier riders is not the frame of the bike but the wheels. Weight may cause them to go out of true and to break spokes. You may end up having to upgrade wheels at some point to one with a higher spoke count. My husband's Trek Navigator has 26 inch wheels with pretty large tires, though not with a lot of tread. They have held up well.
This is very true. A well made wheel with a higher spoke count makes life easier for bigger riders.
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There are bikes built to carry a heavy rider but they might be out of your price point. I would suggest looking around for a mountain bike from the 80’s without suspension. They were really built strong and have 36 spoke wheels and lower gearing. Many of us have modified such bikes to make them more road friendly. Slick tires with a higher pressure come in the 26” wheel size that are wider. You might want to change the straight bars as well to something with a little rise. Perhaps a different seat as well. Ride the heck out of it and take that time to think about what bike will be next for you.
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Old 04-20-12, 01:34 PM   #9
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Find a Giant dealer and check out the Sedona, when I started a few weeks back I was 425 and I have ridden the crap out of mine with no issues. I ride trails and street and I find it works like a champ and it was under my $ 500 price point too with enough left over for some padded bike shorts I wear under my regular shorts.
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Old 04-21-12, 08:07 AM   #10
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Welcome to the herd~! You have gotten a number of great ideas so far. I started out at 378lbs on my Giant Suede DX, and I got around 300-400 miles before I started having spoke-issues on the rear rim, long enough to decide if biking is still for you, and a price around $400 bucks US.

If you want to read a journey like you are starting, you may wish to read about my Saga that started in 2009. http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...gery-and-More!

I wish you luck, and great job on the weight lost to date~!!!!
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Old 04-23-12, 10:33 AM   #11
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Thank you everyone for the advice.

i will take it and do some research. ill get back to you in a new thread when i narrow down my choices.
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