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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 09-02-13, 10:08 PM   #1
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Morbidly obese newbie seeking advice.

Hello, I am new to BikeForums. Hopefully I can get some good advice.

I made a new years resolution this past new years to attempt to lose weight and get into shape. At that time I weighed over 400 lbs. I have been exercising on a stationary exercise bike since then. I put it in my television room and moved the couch out. Now when I watch TV I also am on the bike. I also began eating healthier and limiting my food intake. Now, eight months later, I have lost just over 50 lbs and weigh 350 even.

I would like to start bicycling "for real". When I was a kid I biked everywhere and remember really enjoying it. After eight months, I think I'm ready to give it a go. Currently, I don't even own a bike.

I'm looking for any advice I can get. What kind of bike to get? Do I need anything special due to my weight? After reading about heavy riders having problems with broken spokes, I am particularly concerned about wheels. I crushed the first exercise bike I bought and I'm afraid if I buy just any bike the same thing might happen to it. I am fully committed to this and am willing to make a sizable investment, but I don't have unlimited funds. While looking up bikes online I noticed that some can cost thousands of dollars and I simply can't afford that much. $500 is doable though.
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I pat you on the back for making the decision to take back your life, you've mad an excellent choice and am very happy for you As far as bikes go, I suggest getting something like a mountain bike with larger tires, somewhere around 26x2.5". Looking on craigslist will be your best chance for finding a decent bike at a good deal, many bikes on there are well below your budget. If you find a bike you like, remember you can always change out the tires and upgrade to larger ones that will support you. Make sure the frame will be able to fit the larger tire as well. Good luck on your search, let us know if you need anymore advice! Keep shedding those lbs friend, you can do it! Oh, and what is your goal weight?
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I bought my bike for about 650ish on closeout, and started at about 440. I did end up replacing the back wheel recently which set me back about 100 bucks with labor. However, I would ride the stock wheels till they give out on you.

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Look for an older Specialized Hardrock - no suspension, cro-mo frame and fork, ISO 559 wheels (aka 26") or similar.

Something like this: http://images1.americanlisted.com/nl...h_29438051.jpg

They can be had for $100 to $200; which leaves plenty for a really strong rear wheel, if you need it.

I build my own wheels, because quality wheels like Peter White's are expensive.

Also plan on tires, tubes, and liners.
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I pat you on the back for making the decision to take back your life, you've mad an excellent choice and am very happy for you As far as bikes go, I suggest getting something like a mountain bike with larger tires, somewhere around 26x2.5". Looking on craigslist will be your best chance for finding a decent bike at a good deal, many bikes on there are well below your budget. If you find a bike you like, remember you can always change out the tires and upgrade to larger ones that will support you. Make sure the frame will be able to fit the larger tire as well. Good luck on your search, let us know if you need anymore advice! Keep shedding those lbs friend, you can do it! Oh, and what is your goal weight?
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I don't really have a particular number in mind for a goal weight. I'm happy with every pound that comes off. I would love, love, love to lose another 100 pounds at least.

I'm sorry, but my knowledge of bicycles is limited to the Schwinn Stingray I rode when I was a youngster. When you say 26x2.5", what is that a measurement of?

Thanks for the suggestions, I'll keep an eye on craigslist.
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http://ikman.lk/en/trek-mountain-bike-for-sale-colombo This bike has tires in that size. Basically they are fat tires, like balloon tires.

My cruiser (got it off freecycle) has tires that are 27x2.5. They are quite large compared to road bike tires.

And for what it is worth, I weight in around 250 and I've yet to break the wheels. Congrats on the weight loss. It's hard, I know. I'd love to loose more myself.
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The 26" is the diameter of the tire and the 2.5" is the width of the tire. If you have a friend with a bike, pump up the tires close to max psi (which is stamped on the side of tire) and sit on the bike to give you an idea.
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Hello, I am new to BikeForums. Hopefully I can get some good advice.

I made a new years resolution this past new years to attempt to lose weight and get into shape. At that time I weighed over 400 lbs. I have been exercising on a stationary exercise bike since then. I put it in my television room and moved the couch out. Now when I watch TV I also am on the bike. I also began eating healthier and limiting my food intake. Now, eight months later, I have lost just over 50 lbs and weigh 350 even.

I would like to start bicycling "for real". When I was a kid I biked everywhere and remember really enjoying it. After eight months, I think I'm ready to give it a go. Currently, I don't even own a bike.

I'm looking for any advice I can get. What kind of bike to get? Do I need anything special due to my weight? After reading about heavy riders having problems with broken spokes, I am particularly concerned about wheels. I crushed the first exercise bike I bought and I'm afraid if I buy just any bike the same thing might happen to it. I am fully committed to this and am willing to make a sizable investment, but I don't have unlimited funds. While looking up bikes online I noticed that some can cost thousands of dollars and I simply can't afford that much. $500 is doable though.
Congratulations on your progress so far. Rock on!

I'm still pretty much a newbie myself, so I don't have much advice to offer. There is a lot of great info here, and some very knowledgable folks who are willing to point you in the right direction.

I will add this, which I am learning as I go: listen to your body, and *ride*. Don't try to go too far / too fast too soon. Just ride and enjoy - make it fun, so you'll want to go ride. I was having a hard time getting to sleep last night thinking about riding this morning in the cool air just after dawn. And the ride was worth the anticipation, even if it was too short. Darn work.....
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Congrats on the weight loss and stick with the program. About a bike... do some window-shopping and advice-gathering at LBS's in your area. School sessions are starting back up right now, so the peak busy season for LBS's will be starting to taper off right about now and that makes it a good time for window-shopping and advice-gathering.
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Congratulations on your weight loss so far!

Your LBS (local bike store) would be the place to start. Keep in mind that service after the sale is a big plus. The 2014 bikes are just coming out and you may find the 2013 bikes at a deep discounts.
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Realize that getting your nutrition right is 80% of the battle on weight loss. Make sure you continue to more towards getting that right.

With your size (I'm formally big-boned) I'd suggest getting a bike that you can sit more upright than bent over on a road bike as you many find that position uncomfortable. Try it see thought but that's my out of the gate thought.
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...I have lost just over 50 lbs and weigh 350 even.

I would like to start bicycling "for real"...
Congratulations. 50 pounds is a ton. It sounds like you are on your way. Just wanted to say 'hats off to you.'
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You are off to a great start. I am of the opinion that diet takes the pounds off but biking will help you keep them off. I started about 390 plus on a seven speed cruiser. I had to work up to the three mile ride to my work. Now, three years later, I'm at 260 and ride 26 plus miles twice a week (new job). I was at 240 but we all have weak moments. I put the cruiser in storage and now ride a hybrid with 37 mm. tires. At 350, you should not have to worry about wheels if they are adjusted to began with. That is my opinion but I could be wrong.
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Find a good LBS (local bike shop) Do not worry about being looked down on because of your size. Very few do that, since they want your buisness. You will pay a little more than the internet, but if you know little about bikes as I did when I started, the extra is worth it. If there are hills where you live gears are a must for a large person. When I was at 300, and even down to 250, I avoided hills when I could, but couldn't always. If it is flat where you live-and I'm talking East Texas flat- then a single speed would be OK.
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Find a good LBS (local bike shop) Do not worry about being looked down on because of your size. Very few do that, since they want your buisness. You will pay a little more than the internet, but if you know little about bikes as I did when I started, the extra is worth it. If there are hills where you live gears are a must for a large person. When I was at 300, and even down to 250, I avoided hills when I could, but couldn't always. If it is flat where you live-and I'm talking East Texas flat- then a single speed would be OK.
Second this - a good bike shop will get you on the right bike now, and keep you going.
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Hello, I am new to BikeForums. Hopefully I can get some good advice.

I made a new years resolution this past new years to attempt to lose weight and get into shape. At that time I weighed over 400 lbs. I have been exercising on a stationary exercise bike since then. I put it in my television room and moved the couch out. Now when I watch TV I also am on the bike. I also began eating healthier and limiting my food intake. Now, eight months later, I have lost just over 50 lbs and weigh 350 even.

I would like to start bicycling "for real". When I was a kid I biked everywhere and remember really enjoying it. After eight months, I think I'm ready to give it a go. Currently, I don't even own a bike.

I'm looking for any advice I can get. What kind of bike to get? Do I need anything special due to my weight? After reading about heavy riders having problems with broken spokes, I am particularly concerned about wheels. I crushed the first exercise bike I bought and I'm afraid if I buy just any bike the same thing might happen to it. I am fully committed to this and am willing to make a sizable investment, but I don't have unlimited funds. While looking up bikes online I noticed that some can cost thousands of dollars and I simply can't afford that much. $500 is doable though.
when i started my weightloss quest a few years ago, i started at 389lbs. and yes, i wanted a bike then. but than i really thought about it and the bike i wanted wasnt a super duper industrial strength fat guy bike. so what i did was find a bike i really wanted and made that a reward for myself for when i lost a certain amount of weight. the bike was one of my goals.

i dont know anything about you other than youve created this identity for yourself by saying youre morbidly obese, your user name is big j, ect.. thats not who you are.

find a diet that works for you and start walking is my advise. i chose the primal blue print (lower carb, nothing processed). works for me because i like big meals and the food im eating. walking is the very best thing for you to do to give your mind time to correct itself, and your body will follow. while walking and on a low carb diet, your body is moving at a slower pace than jogging or biking. i find that biking makes me want to eat more higher carb foods for some reason. when moving at a slower pace, your body, by design will use slower burning fuel. aka fat. and thats the quickest and healthiest way to lose the weight. and make no mistake, it will be fast.

im down to 220lbs and life is so much better now.

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