New Member, intro + is this a good bike
I recently decided it was time to try something different to get rid of my new found weight. I was once in excellent shape, but today, well I am mess. But the weather is beautiful, I am alive, and I want more reason to get outside.
I am a 31yr old Male, 6'3" and a svelt 370lbs ;)
My max weight was 290lbs previously (I was 212 at 21 after some solid weight loss), but at that time I was actually very muscley, if that is a word. Life gets in the way, and some how I gain almost 100lbs in just under 2 years.
I have always been athletic, and up until just about 7 months ago, I was still playing hockey in a competitive league in my 17th year of play. My increase in weight forced me to leave.
I am back working on my diet getting it in order, but I really need to exercise. I am not ready to get back into the gym and lift like I normally would, so I just started walking. I did 3 days at an average of 2 miles a day. I could do more, but that is where I get bored. I had thought about a getting a bike months ago, but was afraid as usual, I would buy it, and put it in my storage with all of my other long and short term hobbies.
While walking today, I was passed by a biker, and I said... That looks like fun. So off to the LBS I went.
The owner pointed me to a few bikes. One I really liked was the RALEIGH TALUS 29 and TALUS 29 SPORT. I rode one and liked it, but felt I could go for the bigger frame as I really am between the The 2 frame sizes. They did not have the bigger one assembled, so they building one for me to ride tomorrow.
I have read no less than 100 posts on here on bike selection for the 350lb+ guys. This bike seems to have everything I would need or want, based on those posts.
I did a search here for it and did not see if anyone here recommended it or against it for the clydes.
Is anyone using this bike? It is not cheap, but I really did like the overall look and feel. It seems to have good parts for my fat self and I could use when I am lighter too. I'd hate to buy a "fat bike" and then have to replace it later... Like what I had to do with my clothes.
I really want a durable bike... The LBS guy showed me bikes in the $400-$800 range, I chose this one.
I guess my question is... What do you all think of this bike? Do you feel I could do better for the same price range ($600-$700, or less)? Would you recommend against this bike? If so, why? He recomended a new seat and pedals, if You would recommend this bike, what other modifications would you recommend?
I really do appreciate the help. Below are links to raleigh's site for the bikes:
Talus 29: http://www.raleighusa.com/bikes/mountain/talus-29-12/
Talus 29 Sport: http://www.raleighusa.com/bikes/moun...s-29-sport-12/