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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 08-18-12, 07:52 AM   #1
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I know the workman bikes are heavy duty, but I really don't like that bent top rail. I like the look of the Giant-Simple's and the Electra Cruisers. It looks like the Electra would be more sturdy. Anyone around 320 riding these?
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I know the workman bikes are heavy duty, but I really don't like that bent top rail. I like the look of the Giant-Simple's and the Electra Cruisers. It looks like the Electra would be more sturdy. Anyone around 320 riding these?
At a hearty 355 lbs I ride a Worksman bike with 7 speed gears as well as a Worksman PAV 3 speed trike. Both are heavy duty bikes designed, and built, to take the day to day punishment of industrial factory use.

I ride them 'cause I rode them for 40 years in a factory where I retired from. When I retired I wanted to keep riding a Worksman so I bought my own and dressed them out to suit me.

If you are thinking about buying Worksman know that the seat on the bicycle will need to be replaced soon after purchase since they are a price plastic based cheap seat. Buy your choice of seat that has a metal seat pan and you'll be good to go.
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Old 08-20-12, 12:15 AM   #3
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I have had great luck with my Torker Big T. I take it on MTB trails a few times a week and it handles it like a champ. I weigh in at 280 or so. But the jumps and rocks still are handled by this bike.
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Like the worksman bikes but dislike the bent TT? Look at the worksman m2600 with the 20" seat-tube and straight toptube:

I ride a Worksman INB; got it set up as a faux-klunker, ride trails with it (not much is stock, save the frame, BB, and i think the seatpost) and i weigh about 235-240lbs. I'm riding real singletrack on it. Frame seems really strong.

+1 to what Nightshade said about the stock seat, but know that you'll also likely need to pick up a new saddle clamp, as the stock worksman saddle has square rails, and the seatclamp won't accept a saddle with normal, tubular rails. (Clamp oughta cost you <$5.) Also, the stock pedals are absolute garbage; pick up some all-metal 1/2" VP pedals for $10-$15
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I like that Flashlight mount! That Torker is interesting. I'm slowly drifting back to a more conventional bike with more gears, sigh. I'm looking at the Giant Suede DX currently.
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