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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 04-24-13, 08:12 PM   #1
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Questions from an Newbie Uber Clyde

Hello everybody,
Just found this forum and have been reading all evening. I will fully admit that I am an Uber Clyde. I started a new job 6 months ago where lots of my coworkers ride to work, or go on rides after work. I am going to talk to some of them about this, but thought I would post here as well. I'm interested in starting to ride again, it's been 10-15 years not to mention 150+ lbs since I last rode . I live roughly 5 miles from my place of work, I would like to be able to ride to and from every day, minus those days that are -20 and blowing snow/ice. I want to do this for my own health, to start taking some of this excess weight off. I'm going to list of what I'm trying to figure out, if anybody has any input I welcome it.
  • Ability to ride gravel roads (5 miles from work, 3-4 of those miles are gravel)
  • I want something that's going to be rugged, weight of the bike is not an issue. I'd rather it be heavy and strong.
  • I want something that is going to be quality and not fall apart on me 3 months down the road
  • What components do you consider an absolutely must have?
  • What do I need to be aware of as a heavy rider? Spokes breaking, flat tires, broken pedals, etc? (I've been reading about lots of potential issues for Uber Clydes)
  • How much is realistic for me to spend on a decent setup?
  • What other questions should I be asking my local bike shop?
  • I'm going to check with my local bike shop this weekend, see if they have thoughts/recommendations and I want to go in educated at least a little bit.
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Old 04-24-13, 09:17 PM   #2
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I think you're looking for either a mountain bike or a cyclocross bike. IMO, the Surly Ogre, Salsa Vaya, or Salso Fargo, suit you best. All commute-cyclists need to know how to repair a flat in the dark, before they venture out.

Here's a few good links:

http://surlybikes.com/bikes
www.salsacycles.com
www.bikesdirect.com

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Old 04-24-13, 09:25 PM   #3
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Not to put you off but there are a bunch of identical threads all over this forum. I'll tell you to search for them, not as a put off, but because there is a lot of information available in them and you would benefit from it.

Item the second - I'd suggest a used mountain bike with NO suspension. Specialized hard rocks or whatever they were from the 90s fit the bill pretty well and they're pretty reasonably priced too.

Item the third - you're in great shape with so many co workers riding! I know you'll probably feel self conscious but make sure you take advantage of their info and good will - Many, many cyclists are happy to see new people pick up the sport and are only too happy to ride with somebody "slower" so don't be shy.

Numero quatro - your weight will not be "fixed" by cycling alone. You need to take a hard look at your eating habits.

Good luck with it all! I'm sure people will chime in with current advice for you too.
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Thank you all for the input provided so far. Really helpful to me. I'm going to chat with some coworkers and see if they have any recommendations as well. My LBS sells Surly bikes, so I may check out the Ogre.
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Thank you all for the input provided so far. Really helpful to me. I'm going to chat with some coworkers and see if they have any recommendations as well. My LBS sells Surly bikes, so I may check out the Ogre.
Great!

Make sure that the component level is good. Shimano mtb groupset should be of Deore quality or better.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groupset
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