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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 11-30-12, 09:10 PM   #1
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Looking for an bike for an big guy.

Hello, I looking for a bike to ride to get some exercise. I'm 6'1" and weight 337 lbs and 52 yrs old. What type and brand should I be looking for? Have some back problems so was thinking of something with up right bars. Used to ride a Schwinn Varisty in the 70's and early 80's.
Thanks for any help Jim
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Old 11-30-12, 09:30 PM   #2
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I'd recommend you head down to your local bike shop (or two) and ride a few different bikes - hybrids, road, whatever, it doesn't matter. Once you've ridden a few you'll get an idea of what you like and what fits. Then you can start shopping, used or new.
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Old 12-01-12, 08:30 AM   #3
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I'd recommend you head down to your local bike shop (or two) and ride a few different bikes - hybrids, road, whatever, it doesn't matter. Once you've ridden a few you'll get an idea of what you like and what fits. Then you can start shopping, used or new.
+1 The LBS will be able to look at you, talk with you for an extended period, try out some different models, things that can't be done online.

Keep in mind, they're going to want to know what kind/type of riding you want to do, and how soon you want to do it. Off-road, competitive, laid back cruising, on-road, will you be needing another bike in a month or will this one serve your purpose for years, things like that. Your back info: definitely good to tell them.

Also, today's bikes will probably be plenty strong for you. It will be the wheels that may give you problems. I'd aim for a 36-spoke wheel with box rims, hand finished & tightened by the resident master wheel builder. Insist on this or you may be coming back in to the shop every week to get the wheels trued up.
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Just wanted to add that back problems do not neccessarily mean upright is best. Upright means all the road vibrations and shock get sent straight up through the spine. Leaning forward to put some weight on your arms may be better. I have a friend with a bulged disk, who preferes to be as stretched out as possible.
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+1 for investing in handmade wheels - I'm 250 lbs and had my stock wheels in the shop to be rebuilt 4 or 5 times before I wised up. Handmade wheels with good rims have been bulletproof for years.

+1 for drop bars, I had surgury for a ruptured disk about 10 years ago. I ride 75-100 miles a week on drops and I'm amazed at how comfortable that position is. Before I started, I couldn't imagine it.

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A big guy can't go wrong with a Surly Long Haul Trucker. It is a touring style bike so the geometry and riding position is a bit more relaxed that a road bike. It has a bullet-proof chrome-moly steel frame and stock wheels that are about as durable as they come. My only complaint (which is minor and a matter of personal preference) is that they come with bar end shifters with no option for brifters. A close second would be the Surly CrossCheck which is a bit more aggressive but also very sturdy and can be converted for anything from cyclocross to touring. I'm not sure if the stock wheelset is 32-spoke or 36. If it is 32-spoke, you might want to see if you can special order one with the wheelset off a LHT. I've heard that Surly can be pretty accomodating. Call their customer service line and you'll soon see there are no stuffed shirts there.

Another good option would be a Trek 520, also a touring bike, similar to the LHT. Again, I'm not sure about the stock wheelset but a set of custom 36 or 40-spoke touring wheels is a good investment for us larger than average riders.
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Hey thanks for the input. I ende up going to Bikeworld inPaduach ky and got a Trek Shift 4. Been riding another neighborhood gettng use to it, just taking shorts rides in between the rain showers..
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Fat bikes are becoming popular with some Clydes, and Surly just came out with a 29er fat bike, the Krampus.
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