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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 06-09-14, 08:05 PM   #26
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How come they don't make big mixte/step-through bikes? Screw stand-over and top tubes close to my crotch and the swing mount onto the saddle. I want to just step through, rise up off my heels and slide onto the saddle.

I'd totally ride a 'girl' bike. But I'm 6'3" and they don't come that big.
hard to make a step through frame both strong and light? Just a thought.
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Old 06-10-14, 07:50 AM   #27
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Alright there, NurseWizzle!

Tell your wife to loosen up those purse strings and load one of these into your vehicle:

AT 1 MTB @ $250 - 30% = $175

AT 1 29er MTB @ $280 - 30% = $196

The mountain bikes above can both be found at Nashbar @ www.nashbar.com
Today only take 30% off!
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Old 06-10-14, 10:06 AM   #28
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Budget wise it sounds like you will be looking for used bikes. I am not sure of your price range but looking at the Cedar Rapids Craigslist this caught my eye: Panasonic Pro touring 1985 bio pace 18 speed. If it fits and within your price range I think it would be a nice balance between speed, comfort, and durability.

The other options looked to be Hardtail mountain bikes that would offer some similar qualities as the bike mentioned above (with some modifications). I am not sure about your area but there may be some bike shops that sell used or perhaps some co-ops.
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Old 06-10-14, 02:08 PM   #29
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OK, I don't know anything about Panasonic bikes, I only have heard of the electronics. Would a bike like that hold 330 lbs, assuming its not damaged in any way? Is $175 a good price?
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Old 06-10-14, 02:33 PM   #30
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my vote is for the panasonic.... they did not list a size, but eyeballing the picture it looks like it would fit a 5' 8' person


Panasonics were really nice bikes, very well made. This was considered a high end touring model

This is touring so you will get a little stronger frame (so really no worries about 330 on the frame), stronger wheels and cantilever brakes. it has fenders and a rack...so it would also be a good commutter

Bike value is totally by market but $175 does not look bad, it will probably need new tires and tubes, possibly break pads

this bike would have been from around 1982 to 1989 roughly (because it has bio pace)

The shifters are down tube....no big deal in my mind and may or may not be indexed, again not a huge problem

you could get this bike and then in the future decide what if you want to upgrade or get a newer bike.

it would be good to learn how to work on bikes.....much cheaper... a few bucks on basic tools and you are set

look at Park Tool Co. ParkTool Blog for really good basic info



...my guess is the fame is a 19 or 21"


frame sizing is odd

Road bikes were measured from center of the bottom bracket to top of seat tube.... high end and euoropean bikes measured in CM

Many of the bike boom japanese bikes were measured in inches ie 19, 21, 23, 25, 27 23" is close ti 58 cm

then mountain bikes came around and brought out new measurements so a 17 or 19 in a mtn bike is not the same as a 17 or 19 in a road bike

and now many road bikes have a sloping top tube and longer seat post which complicates the 'classic' measurement.

and further complication is some bikes are now small, medium, large etc. with minimal consistency between brands
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I'm not even going to read the thread. I'm just gonna say yes.

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Old 06-10-14, 04:35 PM   #32
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Well, my wife said no on a bike right now. But she didn't tell me I couldn't get new tires. So I just went to the bike shop and had some road tires put on. I could tell just pushing the bike out of the shop that it was easier to push. And I could definitely tell a difference riding. I got up to 24.2 mph in the one little section, which I could NEVER do before!
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Well, my wife said no on a bike right now. But she didn't tell me I couldn't get new tires. So I just went to the bike shop and had some road tires put on. I could tell just pushing the bike out of the shop that it was easier to push. And I could definitely tell a difference riding. I got up to 24.2 mph in the one little section, which I could NEVER do before!
Yeeaaaay for NurseWizzle!

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Hopefully the change in tires will help. Tires, pedals, grips, and a saddle are the changes most of us make to improve riding experience. You can usually switch those components to different bikes if you do decide to change in the future.
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Old 06-10-14, 11:29 PM   #35
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Hopefully the change in tires will help. Tires, pedals, grips, and a saddle are the changes most of us make to improve riding experience. You can usually switch those components to different bikes if you do decide to change in the future.
Tell me more about pedals and grips for my Townie... I thought a pedal was a pedal...
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For my main commuting bike I have a pair of MKS Lambda pedals which are both wider and longer than the previous wellgo pedals I had. Since I ride in sneakers they are more comfortable due to the larger surface area.

For my Hardtail mountain bike I have the Ergon GS2 grips. They help keep my wrist in a more comfortable position when riding.
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