Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

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.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 04-24-13, 02:50 AM   #1
Bazinga808
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Makakilo, Hawaii
Bikes: Shwinn Predator, Harro Backtrail X1
Posts: 3
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Big guy looking to get back on a bike but haven't ridden since my license

Like the title says Im a big guy 5'5 and 250 have not been on a bike since i got my driver's license a while back (7 years ago). I wanna get back into it its seem like a fun way to get a little exercise and there is a nice paved 15 mile bike path that I can take back and fourth to work 3 times a week. the problem is that i dont know jack about bikes any more. I have a couple bmx bikes in the carport that im using to re-familiarize my self but I don't think those are gonna cut it.

So what im asking is what bike should I be looking for I was looking into the trek 4500 disk is that a good bike for big guys???
Bazinga808 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-13, 03:14 AM   #2
chasm54
Banned.
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Uncertain
Bikes:
Posts: 8,657
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
250lbs isn't that heavy, you can pretty much buy what you like. Get some advice about wheels (superlight racing wheels with low spoke counts aren't going to cut it) but as far as frames are concerned, decide what sort of bike will suit you and go from there.

The Trek 4500 looks fine to me, though I'm no mountain biker. Do you want a mountain bike? If the path you are riding most regularly is paved, you won't need the suspension fork, so unless you plan on doing real off-road stuff you might be better off with something more like a cyclocross bike or a touring bike. These will handle trails as well as pavement and will be more fun to ride on the road than a MTB.

Whatever you choose, you're making a good decision. Commuting by bike is a terrific way to get fit without taking too much time out of your day.
chasm54 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-13, 04:42 AM   #3
Tel0004
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Cincinnati Ohio
Bikes:
Posts: 148
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Do you plan on taking the bike off road?

I think a lot of big guys want a mountain bike because it looks a lot stronger, but with the 4500, the tires are knobby which will slow you down on the road (although that is an easy fix), and the suspension will rob you of a lot of power. They are also heavier than road bikes and hybrids.

I would look into a hybrid, something like the Trek 7.2 FX (also available in disc versions. The bike will be lighter, and the tires will roll easier. I believe Trek rates their hybrids for 300 lbs, and road bikes for 275 lbs, so you will be fine with either one. I'm also suggesting you try out a few different brands, but you mentioned Trek first, and its what I own and know, but I'm sure any hybrid (short of a few expensive ones with low spoke count wheels), will hold you just fine.
Tel0004 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-13, 05:21 AM   #4
Cfiber
Banned
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Bikes:
Posts: 425
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Give the Surly Troll a test ride.
http://surlybikes.com/bikes/troll

OTOH, with 15 miles of paved road, a road bike might be nice too.
I like the GT Corsa 1.0. www.gtbicycles.com/2013/bikes/road/performance/corsa-1-0

Last edited by Cfiber; 04-24-13 at 01:51 PM.
Cfiber is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-13, 08:32 AM   #5
jim p
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 1,024
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Get a road bike and never look back. It will make the commute a piece of cake and you will be trying to find other routes and planning long weekend trips.
jim p is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-13, 09:33 AM   #6
jethro56 
Watching and waiting.
 
jethro56's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Mattoon,Ill
Bikes: Trek 7300 Giant Sedona E-Bike Trek Madone 4.5 Surly Cross Check
Posts: 1,998
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Since you're thinking about commuting, I think eventually you'll want a rear rack and fenders. Taking that a step further, If you want to be able to do light shopping on the way home then you'd add panniers to the rack. Something like the Trek FX series would be able to do all this. The down side is that it has an upright seating position. The upright seating position means that as you start going faster it takes a lot more power to overcome wind resistance.
Some people put a rack on road bikes but unless you're < 180# I don't think it's a good idea. The reason is that they tend to have short chainstays. A short chainstay means the rear wheel is more forward. Putting more weight back there makes the steering twichy. If you want to carry anything then you're looking at a backpack or messenger bag. I don't want my back any more sweaty than it already gets. Haven't tried a messenger bag.

Cyclocross bikes are kinda in-between and with touring type tires make a good commuter.
jethro56 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-13, 10:14 AM   #7
WonderMonkey
Senior Member
 
WonderMonkey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Vandalia OH
Bikes: 2011 Cannondale Quick 5, 2014 Raleigh Revenio 2.0
Posts: 2,923
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I suggest to NOT get a road bike. The main reason is that if you get to the point where you can do your 15 mile commute using a road bike will almost make it too easy. You want to burn the calories and you minimize that riding on a greasy fast road bike. I ride a hybrid, a Cannondale Quick 5, with better than stock tires and I love it. I can do an easy commute to work or I can turn it into a lung-burning power workout. Certainly you can do that with a road bike but the ride would be over too quick.
WonderMonkey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-13, 12:24 PM   #8
chasm54
Banned.
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Uncertain
Bikes:
Posts: 8,657
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by WonderMonkey View Post
I suggest to NOT get a road bike. The main reason is that if you get to the point where you can do your 15 mile commute using a road bike will almost make it too easy. You want to burn the calories and you minimize that riding on a greasy fast road bike. I ride a hybrid, a Cannondale Quick 5, with better than stock tires and I love it. I can do an easy commute to work or I can turn it into a lung-burning power workout. Certainly you can do that with a road bike but the ride would be over too quick.
No, it wouldn't. In the first place, the guy is just returning to cycling and it is going to be quite a while before he is anything close to fast. In the second place, a fifteen-mile ride to work is a decent commute even on a road bike. In the third place, the difference in speed between the hybrid and the road bike really isn't that huge until one is moving at higher speeds, when the more aero position on the latter comes into its own.
chasm54 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-13, 02:08 PM   #9
cartman380
Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Columbus, OH
Bikes: 2013 Fuji 1.5c Roubaix, Cannondale M300 MTB
Posts: 41
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by WonderMonkey View Post
I suggest to NOT get a road bike. The main reason is that if you get to the point where you can do your 15 mile commute using a road bike will almost make it too easy. You want to burn the calories and you minimize that riding on a greasy fast road bike. I ride a hybrid, a Cannondale Quick 5, with better than stock tires and I love it. I can do an easy commute to work or I can turn it into a lung-burning power workout. Certainly you can do that with a road bike but the ride would be over too quick.
I agree that a road bike cannot go off road at all. Currently I have WonderMonkey's old mtb with no shocks on it it's a Cannondale from 1996 I believe, but I think that it's great because I can go off road (maybe not as well as a mtb with shocks) if I switch out the tires to knobby ones, but I feel like road bikes are just so fast that I don't get as good of a workout when I ride them. However, I am planning on getting my first road bike to take on really long excursions like when I did a commute to work (previous workplace) because the breaks went out on my ex wife's car and it was about 32 miles each way and I was pooped afterward, and would have welcomed a road bike for those kind of trips, but anything under 20 I think you can get a great workout with a hybrid or mtb with no shocks, but still be comfortable. Finally, since I have a 6 mile commute to work anymore I think a road bike would make it too easy, but I cannot judge on what a 15 mile commute would be on a road bike vs hybrid/mtb until I can take a road bike vs mtb test ride and see how I feel after each ride.
cartman380 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-13, 02:18 PM   #10
cplager
The Recumbent Quant
 
cplager's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Norwalk, CT
Bikes: 2012 Cruzbike Sofrider, 2013 Cruzigami Mantis
Posts: 3,017
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by chasm54 View Post
No, it wouldn't. In the first place, the guy is just returning to cycling and it is going to be quite a while before he is anything close to fast. In the second place, a fifteen-mile ride to work is a decent commute even on a road bike. In the third place, the difference in speed between the hybrid and the road bike really isn't that huge until one is moving at higher speeds, when the more aero position on the latter comes into its own.
I agree with this.

To the OP, get whatever bike you like riding. 250 lbs may be bigger than you want to be, but isn't big enough to really limit your choice in bikes (I wouldn't go with a low spoke count wheel, but that's easily avoidable).
cplager is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-13, 02:22 PM   #11
iforgotmename
Senior Member
 
iforgotmename's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: NE Ohio
Bikes:
Posts: 1,545
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
What shop are you thinking of going to? My son lives in Kailua and he is pretty happy with his shop, they will be of great help also.
iforgotmename is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-13, 02:25 PM   #12
vesteroid
Climbers Apprentice
 
vesteroid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Bikes:
Posts: 1,608
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
and not to mention one day you may want to ride longer than 15 miles, I would not buy a bike just so I could work harder on my ride.
vesteroid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-13, 03:57 PM   #13
Bazinga808
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Makakilo, Hawaii
Bikes: Shwinn Predator, Harro Backtrail X1
Posts: 3
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks for all the input guys now a good list of question to ask that bike shop people while getting fitted and shopping around!!!


Quote:
Originally Posted by iforgotmename View Post
What shop are you thinking of going to? My son lives in Kailua and he is pretty happy with his shop, they will be of great help also.
I was looking to go to the shops that i hat i had seen around before like The Bike Shop, Bike factory, and Bikewerx. What shop does your son go too???
Bazinga808 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-13, 04:51 PM   #14
iforgotmename
Senior Member
 
iforgotmename's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: NE Ohio
Bikes:
Posts: 1,545
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I shot him a message asking...he is pretty busy working long hours in AZ right now. I will let you know as soon as i find out.
iforgotmename is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:47 AM.