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    about 400lb and wanting a bike but need sum help plz

    hi i am about 400lb and need to loose weight and want a bike to help do. so can any1 help me coz a dunno where to get 1 from in the uk ?
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    Figure out what you can spend first and then do this - get the strongest wheel possible (48 spoke count) and the most comfortable bik you can find. A guy had a super strong wheel built on the cheap in this thread - http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ld-on-a-Budget - so check it out and figure out what you can spend.

    Im around your weight and cycling has literally changed my life. I have along way to go but this is the best exercise for me to take the weight off. Keep your head up and the rubber side down.
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    hi i am about 400lb and need to loose weight and want a bike to help do.
    Hi big_guy, how are you doing?
    Best to read up about, and then get a cheap Heart Rate Monitor (HRM) to make sure you keep your efforts within the best zone for losing weight. Believe it or not, you don't lose more weight if you go faster and faster - slow and steady does the job!

    so can any1 help me coz a dunno where to get 1 from
    Loads of threads on this Clyde section to help you choose which one/s would be good for you - take time and have a good read through the various posts. If you're on a budget, www.gumtree.com would be a good site to check out for your town for a good price. Also you might strike lucky on your local Freegle - search for that on YahooGroups.com - for something free! Ask some of your local charity shops to let you know when they have bikes available.

    in the uk ?

    Where abouts are you based? If you're Edinburgh, you can come out with me Sat/Sun mornings or weekday mid-afternoons if you like. Google for "organised bike rides + your town" to find local bike forums, bike clubs, etc to see what's happening close to you. This is a great resource too . . . www.ctc.org.uk

    Get stuck in!!

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    4st7lb hi so your round 400lb, did you just buy a cheap frame and change the wheels? just i have read somewhere that a cheap frame will bend or crack!
    i was looking around the net and this is what a found http://www.supersizedcycles.com/ there is a bike fo like $2000 + and it holds about 550lb i am just scared if i buy a cheap 1 it will break when riding. i have no real budget yet just looking for a price to see if i can afford it with a little help off the parents (they dont no this yet but they try to support me in any way they can to help me loose weight)

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    AmFaeEmbra hi thanx for the info and i am based in newcastle so a bit ov a cycle to edinburgh haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4st7lbs View Post
    Figure out what you can spend first and then do this - get the strongest wheel possible (48 spoke count) and the most comfortable bik you can find. A guy had a super strong wheel built on the cheap in this thread - http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ld-on-a-Budget - so check it out and figure out what you can spend.

    Im around your weight and cycling has literally changed my life. I have along way to go but this is the best exercise for me to take the weight off. Keep your head up and the rubber side down.

    I'm 400 pounds and I've found that a well-built 36-spoke wheel works fine for my weight. Still perfectly true after 2000 miles of riding. So 48 may be a bit overkill.

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    is that with a cheap frame though?

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    I'd recommend simply getting an older, decent mountain bike (just stay away from the ones that originated from Wal-Mart, Target, etc) for around $100-$200 on Craigslist, and get a nice, strong rear wheel. No need to spend a ton of money up front.
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    In all honesty, any metal frame is going to be more than strong enough to hold our weight. Frames are incredibly strong, especially metal ones, and could probably stand weights 3x more than 400 pounds. The wheels are the key.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisM2097 View Post
    I'd recommend simply getting an older, decent mountain bike (just stay away from the ones that originated from Wal-Mart, Target, etc) for around $100-$200 on Craigslist, and get a nice, strong rear wheel. No need to spend a ton of money up front.
    where do i look?

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    Quote Originally Posted by big_guy View Post
    where do i look?
    Where are you located?
    How tall are you?
    How much do you want to spend?

    I'll do a few searches to help you out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisM2097 View Post
    Where are you located?
    How tall are you?
    How much do you want to spend?

    I'll do a few searches to help you out.
    I saw above, you mentioned Newcastle and Edinburgh. It doesn't look like Craigslist is very popular over there.

    http://newcastle.craigslist.co.uk/

    Around here (San Francisco Bay Area), there are a plethora of bikes available second (or third) hand, for very little money:
    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/search/b...100&maxAsk=250

    Sorry, I don't know anything about the used bike market in the UK.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisM2097 View Post
    Where are you located?
    How tall are you?
    How much do you want to spend?

    I'll do a few searches to help you out.
    newcastle upon tyne england
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    as much as it takes so i n o the bike and me are safe

    cheers

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    are ok cheers anyway

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    Quote Originally Posted by big_guy View Post
    newcastle upon tyne england
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    as much as it takes so i n o the bike and me are safe

    cheers
    For a decent fit, you're probably going to want to look for a mountain bike that's got about a 19"-21" (48-53cm) frame. Road or hybrid bike - about 56-58cm frame.
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    One of my good friends is 400 lbs and rides Marin Kentfield and Cannondale Quick 4 hybrids. He has had the Marin since last year. He just bought the Cannondale a few days ago and so far no issues with either bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by big_guy View Post
    ... i am based in newcastle so a bit ov a cycle to edinburgh haha
    Go to the Edinburgh Bike Co-op at the top of Shields Road in Byker. They'll help you out and make sure you don't buy anything unsuitable.
    There have been many days when I haven't felt like riding, but there has never been a day when I was sorry I rode.

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    I've been thinking of getting this bike to ride while I'm losing weight. It's an Electra Townie 21D. I'm 345LB. I have a Giant FCR 3 I bought in 2008 while recovering from surgery. I was injured in 2007 and I weighed 230LB. 15 surgeries and 6 years later I was 379LBs (estimated weight. Scale in Dr. office only went to 380LB with adaptor). I figure I'd get the Townie to lose weight. Doc wants me to have gastric by pass surgery. I need to lose at least 100LBs. After hearing this from doc I went to garage pulled out my old Giant AT 720 and started rideing 3 miles per day. I figured if I'm going to die it will be on a bike not on operating table or in my sleep. Oh I forgot I also have a VPAP machine I sleep with. After 3 weeks I lost 30-35LBs. I'm, breathing much better and I can walk up the stairs better. Biking is a great way to get in shape.
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    Quote Originally Posted by big_guy View Post
    hi i am about 400lb and need to loose weight and want a bike to help do. so can any1 help me coz a dunno where to get 1 from in the uk ?
    When I started cycling I wasn't much under 300. I started out with a 2009 Specialized Rockhopper. The rated maximum rider weight was a little under my weight at the time but the rated "rider + bags" was above my weight, even if not by much. Then I also figured that if they rated it at 120kg (I forget the exact figure) it wouldn't break if you loaded it with 122kg, chances are it wouldn't break until the weight load went well over the rated maximum).

    I remember seeing then that a few hybrid type bikes were rated up to something like 160kg (350lb) so they would probably work for you.

    Key things are to make sure the bike is comfortable for you. You probably won't get on too well with suspension bikes until you lose some weight (mine has a suspension fork and it's hard enough hauling a heavy body up a hill without the fork bouncing and soaking up some of your pedalling effort).

    If you have a local bike shop (often called LBS) go talk to them. Listen to what they have to say, and then have a sniff around the internet to verify what they are telling you. Sometimes you'll find your LBS is a gold mine of helpful staff, good prices and good services. Some LBS have indifferent staff, high prices and an attitude that you should be supporting them just because they are local - the kind of place that doesn't carry what you urgently need but can order it in for you within a week or so and at full RRP, and then acts like you're out of line when you order it online for half the price with free next day delivery.

    You could also see if you've got a local branch of a chain like Evans. Evans will typically let you take a bike out for a test ride so you can check whether it's reasonably comfortable. I've heard very mixed reviews of Evans, based on what I hear and my own (limited) experience of dealing with them it seems they have some staff who live and breathe bikes and other staff who just want a job and don't care about bikes. I hear that sometimes post-sales service can leave a bit to be desired.

    Buying a used bike can be a good way to get yourself a bargain but if you know nothing about bikes I'd suggest sticking to an established retailer so you've got some redress if it all goes wrong. People selling used bikes are sometimes looking to part-fund their upgrade and selling good stuff at a good price, sometimes they are looking to find a mug to dump some piece of junk that they've crashed and bodged. If you wouldn't know how to give a bike even a cursory once-over to check it's sound you run the risk of buying something that's bent, twisted, cracked etc. You really don't want to put a 400lb frame onto a bike that's cracked.
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    This is what I'm riding now. I just changed the fork and installed new tires. Also installed SLIME tubes. She's not fast but does the job. I'm 345LBs
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    http://s1108.photobucket.com/albums/...bike1006-1.jpg

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