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    New rider, unsure where to go

    So ill get right in to it. im about 400+ pounds and im tired of being tired all the time. i want to see my 5 year old son grow up. Long story short, i want to live my life like i did when i was 200 pounds in highschool.
    i decided to start riding a bike around the neighborhood, trails, wherever, to get me back on track.

    ive done some research and ive heard alot about the HardRock 26 or some variation of that name. my question is, how much weight will it hold? is this a bike i should seriously look in to buying? im about 6'2..what would be the reccomended height?

    P.S. Please dont judge me. im putting my best foot forward to get healthy again and would love not to be harassed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emartinez11 View Post
    So ill get right in to it. im about 400+ pounds and im tired of being tired all the time. i want to see my 5 year old son grow up. Long story short, i want to live my life like i did when i was 200 pounds in highschool.
    i decided to start riding a bike around the neighborhood, trails, wherever, to get me back on track.

    ive done some research and ive heard alot about the HardRock 26 or some variation of that name. my question is, how much weight will it hold? is this a bike i should seriously look in to buying? im about 6'2..what would be the reccomended height?

    P.S. Please dont judge me. im putting my best foot forward to get healthy again and would love not to be harassed.
    Welcome to the forum . Don't worry about being judged, everyone* in this forum is respectful and curtious, and willing to help out; we've all been there. Is this the bike you're talking about? Specialized Bicycle Components . If so, the manual says that 300 lbs is the max weight. I'm not sure how conservatively they estimate that number, perhaps more people will chime in.

    Do you have a specific budget in mind, or type of bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KBentley57 View Post
    Welcome to the forum . Don't worry about being judged, everyone* in this forum is respectful and curtious, and willing to help out; we've all been there. Is this the bike you're talking about? Specialized Bicycle Components . If so, the manual says that 300 lbs is the max weight. I'm not sure how conservatively they estimate that number, perhaps more people will chime in.

    Do you have a specific budget in mind, or type of bike?
    id say no more than 500. im sure there is a bike out there for me.

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    if you want to find more info on the forums, I'd suggest using a google search of the site, instead of the search up in the top right - it's basically useless. In the google search bar, put "site:bikeforums.net search term here" and you'll get many more accurate hits. Here are a few to get started.

    I'm 400 lbs...is there a bike for me?
    400lb guy looking to turn life around
    Suggestion's for 400lb friends
    400lb x 7ft rider needs wheels for large road bike

    ect.. Some of them are a bit dated, but useful.

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    looked at them all, i saw a guy reccomend a trek 7.3..Specialized HardRock..im confused by all of this. this guy is saying he is 6'4 and 410 pounds in one of the post's and said he would have bought the hardrock.

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    Truth be told, it'll probably work just fine. If you can try one out in a shop, it would save a thousand guesses. Live close to any that sell specialized bikes?

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    yeah theres a few places. i also found a guy saying he was 450 when he started riding on a Sedona DX. another guy chimed in saying its not the frame i should be worried about, its the tires/rim. ill need some sort of 36 spoke rim for the bike. which im happy to buy if it means ill be able to ride.

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    Can anyone tell me about the Sedona DX or Hardrock sport? im looking at one the posts put up by Bentley and it says these two should be fine. i cant find weight limits on them at all. Any help?

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    Just wanted to say good luck and happy riding.

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    First of all, welcome, congratulations on your decision to get control of your life, I recently made the same decision. As many have said, we have all been where you are and even though I've only been at it a couple of weeks, I already feel better. The people here are great and very knowledgeable. As for the bike I looked at specialized, Trek, and Giant. I can't stress enough the importance of a good LBS and employees that know their product. One employee told me that they are pretty conservative on weight limits so if it says 300 then 400 may not be a problem, and look at it this way...you won't be 400 for long. Good luck.

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    Welcome to the forum! I was about 300lb/5'11" when I got back into riding after about a 15 year hiatus. I purchased a Specialized Crosstrail Disc and have had no issues with the bike due to my weight even though it's in its stock configuration. You're a bit bigger than me, but the Specialized Hardrock is a much heavier duty bike than the Crosstrail, so you'd most likely be OK. The Hardrock has been offered by Specialized for over 20 years (not really sure how far back beyond that) and it's always had the reputation of being nearly bomb-proof.

    As others have mentioned, you might need heavier rims with more spokes, but if it were me, I'd only do that if I ran into problems with the stock wheels. Also, you mentioned that you'd be riding on the road and trails around your home. As long as you stay away from anything too extreme off-road, you'll lessen the impact load on the bike and lower the likelihood of damage.

    Getting in with a quality LBS that will work with you will make a night and day difference in your experiences.

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    Welcome and I hope you get a bike you enjoy and keep up. Be advised that starting is going to hurt. Not just sore muscles but your bottom. When I started my sore muscles recovered much sooner than my bottom. I ended up switching to a more comfortable seat. But results do come quickly and don't worry about your first distance. My first ride was 1.8 miles. And there are plenty of people with the same type of stories. Even if your first ride is to your neighbors house and back it's all good. Any distance you do is going to better than the person who never gets on a bike.

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    Welcome to the forum. You will not be harassed here! This is a safe place filled with people on a similar journey.

    At 400 lbs., I would probably stay away from any form of suspension on a bike. If you must get a bike with front shocks, I would make absolutely certain they can be "locked out". If it were me, I would buy an older mountain bike, like this:

    Specialized Rockhopper

    I have a '92 RockHopper hanging in the garage. It was my wife's, now it's my daughter's. It's on old steel frame with Deore LX components. The thing rides incredibly nicely. No suspension at all.

    Whatever you buy, I would have a good shop tension the wheels. This process will make sure that if the wheels can hold the weight, they will. It is often said that the builder is as important as the build itself. There are some really cheap wheels carrying some really big people just fine, and there are some really expensive wheels that just won't hold up because they weren't built well. I would go this route and see if whatever you buy will hold up. If you start breaking spokes or the wheel wold stay true, then buy a new HD wheel.

    Once the pounds start dropping off, and you've learned more about your riding style and preferences, reward yourself with a new bike.

    Congratulations on taking the first step in the next chapter. With diet and a good cycling lifestyle, you'll be amazed at how well you'll do. Just remember, you can't out-exercise a bad diet!
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    WELCOME!

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    Welcome,
    I started with a Raleigh Talus 29er (extra large frame) and at 396 it has held up great. My bike shop is good to us big boys and says that unless the manufacturer puts a weight limit on the bike he will make sure warranties are honored.

    I was 396 and 6 foot three when I bought this bike in March. Since then I have tuned my 30 year old Centurion road bike (12 speed), and purchased a Raleigh Revenio 2.0 aluminum frame with carbon fiber fork (I am now 374).

    Get out, ride, and enjoy. You can do it

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    I appreciate everyones kind words!

    i was looking at either a Specialized Hardrock or something similiar, with 36 spoke wheels. i will try the stock ones, but i want to be sure they hold up.

    I looked all over at this bike, and i dont see anythign about a weight limit at all.
    Specialized Bicycle Components

    if someone sees it, let me know.

    Also, are there any reputable places online to buy accessories for my bike, clothes..in the US?
    I will be visiting my LBS today or tomorrow to ask him and see what type of bikes he has.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emartinez11 View Post
    I appreciate everyones kind words!

    i was looking at either a Specialized Hardrock or something similiar, with 36 spoke wheels. i will try the stock ones, but i want to be sure they hold up.

    I looked all over at this bike, and i dont see anythign about a weight limit at all.
    Specialized Bicycle Components

    if someone sees it, let me know.

    Also, are there any reputable places online to buy accessories for my bike, clothes..in the US?
    I will be visiting my LBS today or tomorrow to ask him and see what type of bikes he has.
    Specialized make great bikes, but look at Raleigh or Giant as sometimes you can get the same quality and features for a bit lower price.

    I get my bibs from Aerotech designs and they have jerseys also for us bigger types. Accessories like Bike computers I purchase at Amazon.com as I am in the sticks. I went with the cateye stealth 50 which uses GPS to map your ride, tell your heart rate (with a paired heart rate monitor), cadence, speed, distance. The bike computer helps me track how far I have ridden.

    I would recomend either cleats or toe clips for your pedals as that helps when you pedal.

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    I will echo the sentiments that nobody on this section of the board will judge or harass you.

    I would also suggest maybe stepping up to the widest tires that will fit on a bike you buy from the Bike shop, and run them at the maximum pressure, will not hurt to check them every ride either. Full pressure is best to avoid pinch flats.

    Worksman has a few models rated at 500 lbs rider and cargo...finding an example to actually SEE in person might be tough though.

    Some of the touring bikes are built for a heavy combined rider and cargo load too.....a quick glance at Surley they say 300 lbs rider/cargo combined.

    Bill

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    I can attest to the Surly LHT not complaining at 370lbs of combined cargo and rider on stock wheels (trued and tensioned by myself)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fangowolf View Post
    I can attest to the Surly LHT not complaining at 370lbs of combined cargo and rider on stock wheels (trued and tensioned by myself)
    i dont plan on having alot of cargo, at the max, maybe a backpack, something simple. camel pack...etc..

    Its mainly to ride around the neighborhood and maybe some light trails..like the scenic trails, not anything extreme.

    Once i get going on the weight loss, eating right..that might change.

    So the hardrock, sedona DX and im also looking at Raleigh as well. i had just heard more about big guys on those first two than any other.

    I got your PM fango, i tried to respond but i need 50 posts..

    When you get a custom wheel like you mentioned, do you need both done or just the back wheel?

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    I love my two Raleighs and my old Centurion. At 374 pound plus a Geigerrig 710 (two liter pressurized water bladder and small backpack) I love getting out on the skinny tire road bike. I am on factory rims on all my bikes and have not experienced pinch flats. Keep the tires aired up to max pressure, and on the mountain bike I take the pressure to 100 pounds to give less rolling resistance since I am riding on the road/paved surfaces.

    There are many good bikes out there, don't be affraid to buy last years model (saves you some $$) or even buy used. Even big guys trade their older bikes in to get the latest and greatest

    At your weight have you talked to a dietician or checked for diabetes? I ask as I am a type 2 diabetic, but with diet and exercise have been able to maintain my sugar levels and lose weight. I had to cut my insulin down though as it was preventing me from losing the weight.

    Also I would get a bike computer that will allow you to pair a heart rate monitor so you can watch your heart rate, cadence, and track your trips. Tracking your trips is a great thing as you can then share on sites like Strava.com and get more encouragement... also you can have a running total of how far you have ridden in a week, month, year.

    Don't get discouraged,

    And may you be blessed.
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    Cur sugar and carbs. 100% you will see a difference in just a few days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KambizVatandous View Post
    Cur sugar and carbs. 100% you will see a difference in just a few days.
    I think this is a bad idea as the human body needs 140 carbs per day just to lie in bed (carbs are what feed the brain). I would cut the refined sugar as much as possible and try to limit carbs to 150-160 per day (check with nutritionist so you stay healthy).

    I have found I can eat more carbs when they come from fruit or beans (yes your beans are a carb, a protein, and a fiber), and less if they come from refined sugar, bread, starch (potato, pasta, rice, corn) and keep my glucose levels down and still lose weight. Drink a ton of water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emartinez11 View Post
    When you get a custom wheel like you mentioned, do you need both done or just the back wheel?
    I would budget for a back wheel right away. In a month I had broken two spokes and those were short 5 mile rides so it was under 150 miles. I have broken a seat rail on one saddle and popped one tire, curb hopping(which I don't do anymore ), but that is all the weight issues I've had with a bike. If budget is an issue (was for me at first) I would go used with a new hand built wheel. After I had ridden for a year, I knew I'd stick with it and I loosened the purse strings.
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