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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 02-06-13, 06:30 AM   #1
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Some advice for an Super-clyde

Hi all,

I am also new to the forums and tip the scales at a little over 375 pounds. I have been researching as much as I can and have been told that the wheel set is the most important component to consider with someone of my weight - everyone has said to go for 36 spoke wheels or higher. I have spoken to several bike stores in my local area and they have all given different advice. So far, these are some the bikes that have been recommended for me:

http://www.rivalbikes.com.au/schwinn-411-ig5-bike.html

http://www.rivalbikes.com.au/schwinn...peed-bike.html

http://www.rivalbikes.com.au/schwinn...peed-bike.html

http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bik...rtdisc29#specs

http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-au/...0/12043/57454/

Would any of these be suitable - I am confused as they are all so different?? I do prefer the hybrid/comfort style more the the MTB style though - however if these are strong enough I am happy to go with a MTB. If these do look like a good option, could someone recommend a bike that would suit my situation.

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Old 02-06-13, 07:39 AM   #2
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Go back to the bike stores and ride some of the different models they've suggested. I can tell you what I like, but it won't necessarily the be same as what you like. You want something comfortable and fun.
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Old 02-06-13, 05:13 PM   #3
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I would go for the Giant. Those Alfine rear hubs are popular for building internal gear mountain wheels. The downside is That it will limit your options for wheel upgrades in the future. That may be something to keep in mind. If you get a bike with good old fashioned deraileurs your wheel options are much more economical. The old specialized Hardrocks used to be considered the house bike in the clyde section, but the suspension fork is unnessesary.
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+1 on skipping the suspension fork. The first thing I would suggest is deciding what kind of riding you want to do. You have bikes listed ranging from cafe cruisers to hardtail MTBs. If you are leaning toward road riding, you might want to look at touring bikes which are similar to road bikes but have a more relaxed geometry and are designed for carrying higher loads.

Take a good look at the line from Surly, they are a Godsend to Clydes with solidly built steel frames and a focus on durability rather than light weight and speed. The Long Haul Trucker is the new goto bike for heavy riders but the also have the CrossCheck which can be set up in either drop or flat bar versions, and a couple models of steel MTBs that are built tough. I don't own a Surly and have no stake in them, just passing on my observations having once been in the 300+ range myself and knowing what I wish I had back then.

If you are looking for used, I'm still a big fan of the Trek 700 series or 520s for a Clyde ride, but there are plenty of other solidly built steel framesets out there.

When you talk wheels, spoke count is only part of the picture. You can get some cheap 36-spoke machine built wheels that won't hold up as well as a quality hand built set of 32 or fewer spoke wheels. Look for good hubs designed for MTB/Cyclocross or loaded touring. My personal favorites for durability, performance, and reasonable cost are the Deore line. I currently have Deore LX on my touring bike. 36 double butted spokes hand laced in a 4X pattern will give you a good mix of comfort and strength. For rims, look for double-walled, preferably eyeletted, and wider (like a touring or cyclocross rim rather than a narrow road rim). Look for a frameset that will let you mount 32mm or wider tires and you will be set. Wider tires are beneficial for heavy riders both for comfort and for protecting the rims against the inevitable pot holes.

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Old 02-07-13, 09:25 AM   #5
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I like that Giant Seek you posted. If I were looking, that would be my choice, no suspension, internally geared hub, 700c wheels, and looks to have a durable frame.

Suspensions just aren't a great idea for big people like us.
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Ben,

I am pretty new here too, and I guess I am a Percheron (6'4", 430 (as of today, down from 454 14 days ago dieting) but not quite a Belgian or Shire rider ;-)). I'm buying a used Giant XL Yukon off of Craigslist. I'm going to ride the piss out of it as it is and then decide if I want to tinker on it. I've gotten tons of advice on wheels, et al, and the best seems to be just get out there and do it, and you'll figure out what ya need as ya go. I looked at the cruisers and hybrids too, but the Giant fell in my lap.
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Hi all,

I went back to my LBS and rode a few different bikes. I ended up going with an Electra Townie 21D. This type of bike had not ever cross my mind. I've got to say I just love the riding position and I found it a lot more confortable than the bikes I was originally looking at buying. I've gone with the stock Townie and it seems to hold my weight really well - i definitely feel confident on the townie more so than some of the others I tried.

Thanks to all who provided great advice. Looking forward to getting out as much as I can now.
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I gather those are 32 spoke wheels?
At the least, I'd have the LBS RE-TENSION the wheels ASAP. That could prolong their life considerably.
It allows the spokes to share the load more equally.
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