2 Fat 2 Furious
Join Date: Nov 2010
Bikes: 2009 Specialized Rockhopper Comp Disc, 2009 Specialized Tricross Sport
Originally Posted by big_guy
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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