very inspirational thanks :)
very inspirational thanks :)
Note, in that first pic, I am using oxygen, ecause I didn't have the lung capacity to support my body weight, then and exercise. I weighed 500 pounds in that pic and now weigh 190 to 195, unless I'm having a congestive heart failure episode triggered by atrial fibrillation and holding fluids.
I never got that heavy, but at one point I was almost at 110kg (192cm tall). Walking up the stairs to my house I was getting tired and that was the tipping point. I got back on my bike and rode it every day. The frame bent and the bb gave way. I got a stronger one, rode that until the frame almost bent. But by this time I was down 25kg and since then all my bikes are fine and I ride 20,000km a year. Never use the car.
Its hard at the start when a mere 10km seems like torture. But get a good strong (and cheap!) bike and ride it till it dies. Then get another and eventually you'll be doing sub 6 hour centuries and wondering why you ever put it off.
I wouldn't recommend The Beast as it is a single speed and has only a rear coaster brake. Not what I'd want for a primary commuter or fitness bike, but to each his/her own.
+1 on rigid chrome-moly MTBs from the 1980-90s. I've owned several and have never had a frame issue and even the stock single-walled, Exage hubbed, 36-spoke wheels hold up pretty well. I started at 300+ pounds and never broke a spoke once I learned to true and tension wheels. I still have a 1990s Trek 700 that I really like and my wife rides a hybridized Trek 830 and my daughter a Giant Boulder from the same era. As mentioned, you can pick them up used on Craigs list or even from LBSs for $100 - $200 in decent shape and they are probably the most bike you will get for the buck. Highly recommended for general fitness and commuting. If there is a bike co-op in your area, check them out as these older bikes are very common.
So did you find a bike?
Inquiring minds want to know!
Started 01/01/2103 at 445. I have lost just over 100 at this point. Bought a GIANT Sedona LX of CL for $200 and put Maxxis Holy Rollers on it. Love the bike. It is an XL frame as I an 6'4 and have a 33 inseam. YOU CAN DO THIS!!!
Take it from me, 380 lbs. Most all bikes can handle the weight. I prefer steel frame for the comfortable ride mostly but as an added benefit the strength. The most important component is the wheels, find a bike that fits you well and has double wall rims, 36 count spokes. There will be many to chose from. I personally do not like the feel of a road bike with the drop bars, it is a little uncomfortable in the gut area, and also the posture makes you feel like you are going to fly over the bars. A more upright posture feels better for me. Half the fun is researching and visiting LBS to try out bikes. About the only bikes I rule out are carbon, not so much that it would not hold me, but I like the look o steel or aluminum frames better. Some folks get all wigged out over the weight of their bike, 35 lb. steel bike vs. 12 lb. carbon. When your 380 lbs. like me bike weight is a non issue.