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    Help the fat guy.

    Sooooo here we go. Weight loss time.

    I was given what I think is a 1989 Schwinn World Sport. It's in pretty darn good condition, and I had it tuned up and the wheels replaced.

    I took it for a spin without doing much adjusting. Not that I would know what to adjust anyway, hence my presence on these here forums. Anyhow, aside from weighing 293lbs where I should weigh 187lbs, I'm terribly uncomfortable on the bike.

    Mainly, it's my butt bones. Even with the $30 cushiony seat I bought, it hurts while I ride.
    I also feel like I'm slumped over too far. I'm 6'0.5" and the handlebars are lower than the seat, which I feel that for my size and weight, should be the reverse, especially since I'm a total beginner.

    If it helps, I was told the wheels are 27". I have no special tools by the way. Just your typical wrenches & allen keys.
    Began cycling for weight loss July 2013.
    Starting weight: 295lbs.
    Current weight: 293lbs.
    Target weight: 210lbs.

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    If you're 290-ish at 6', give or take, you might find it more comfortable to get started on a hybrid or vintage (1980's or 1990's) mountain bike. The upright riding position that each offers, provided they are the right size, would probably be more comfortable.

    Regarding the saddle, it will probably require some trial & error to find something comfortable. In time, however, your backside will become better accustomed to riding whatever saddle you end up using.

    Check out some videos, post some information and/or a picture or two so we can see what size your bicycle is, and consider getting some fit information.

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    Hi,



    Seems like a decent road bike but will be awful with a squishy comfort type saddle.

    Its not the best sort of bike to get started riding on.

    You want a practical multipurpose more upright bike (which your saddle may work with)
    with fenders, and a rack you can easier commute with and build into say shopping routines.

    Something like this :



    rgds, sreten.
    Last edited by sreten; 07-11-13 at 06:50 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZippyThePinhead View Post
    If you're 290-ish at 6', give or take, you might find it more comfortable to get started on a hybrid or vintage (1980's or 1990's) mountain bike. The upright riding position that each offers, provided they are the right size, would probably be more comfortable.

    Regarding the saddle, it will probably require some trial & error to find something comfortable. In time, however, your backside will become better accustomed to riding whatever saddle you end up using.

    Check out some videos, post some information and/or a picture or two so we can see what size your bicycle is, and consider getting some fit information.
    I'll snap a picture or two when I get home. sreten seems to have found the right bike there. Unfortunately, with regard to maybe thinking of getting a different bike, I can't afford it. The $135 I put into getting this one up and running was all I really had. Unless I can get the shop to reverse what they did and refund me, in which case I'd have to lie and say everything is all wrong, etc. etc. and I don't want to do that. They're good people.

    Quote Originally Posted by sreten View Post
    Hi,

    Seems like a decent road bike but will be awful with a squishy comfort type saddle.

    Its not the best sort of bike to get started riding on.

    You want a practical multipurpose more upright bike (which your saddle may work with)
    with fenders, and a rack you can easier commute with and build into say shopping routines.

    Something like this :



    rgds, sreten.
    So you agree this isn't the best bike for me. That sucks lol That Cross looks great. I'll dig up the money to get something like that in time, but for now, I'm financially stuck with this World Sport.

    Why is the saddle no good with this bike? Any suggestions from either of you as to how I can better make this bike work for me for a month or two until I can save up for something better suited? Or should I just do walking/jogging for now and maybe sell this bike on Craigslist or something for $150 and make up the cash I put into it?
    Began cycling for weight loss July 2013.
    Starting weight: 295lbs.
    Current weight: 293lbs.
    Target weight: 210lbs.

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    Hi,

    I started riding again at Christmas for fitness, (lost some weight
    but not the issue, assumed it would happen with the fitness).

    I bought a very practical 20" folding shopping bike, and tuned it up
    a bit, including a decent rubber sprung saddle for its upright position.
    Done up to 30 miles on a day on it, but 20 is a more sensible limit.

    At Easter I bought a road bike because I wanted to go further faster.

    Your bike is a nice bike you would regret selling if riding becomes
    part of your weekly routine. IMO you need something more practical
    to incorporate into daily routines, shorter trips, hardpacked tracks,
    touring etc. The road bike will still be blast on longer training runs.

    For the latter you'll probably need cycling shorts and a road saddle.

    I only use shorts on my road bike, the folder is fine without them,
    but due to body position, the folders saddle on the road bike simply
    would not work well at all.

    If you are going to be racking up the miles two very different bikes
    makes sense. They share the wear and tear and more to the point
    don't strain you in the same way regarding repetitive injuries.

    FWIW don't go jogging, good stiff walking, with mild hills,
    is a much better preparation for riding bikes quite a lot.

    rgds, sreten.

    All starting (again) bicyclists tend to have saddle issues. I didn't
    with the decent replacement saddle I bought for the folder before
    even riding it. Not so the road bike 3 months later ....

    At 165 lbs some real issues, but mostly after the fact, not riding.
    Last edited by sreten; 07-12-13 at 03:48 PM.

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    The one thing you want to notice with the catalog picture of your Schwinn and the picture of the other hybrid bike is the height of the bars in comparison to the height of the saddle.

    When the bars are below the saddle, you obviously need to bend over further to reach them. That's one thing the hybrid offers, is handlebars at the same height as the saddle (or perhaps slightly higher).

    Your Schwinn is pictured with stem shifters, which could make it a hassle to change your stem to a riser stem. I've never tried something like that, but that's one possibility.

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    Being roughly the same height and a few months ago being in the low 270's in weight I can also say that the Schwinn is not the bike for you right now. Find a mountain bike or Hybrid and loose some weight then ride the Schwinn when you feel more flexible and balanced. Don't get rid of the Schwinn as it is a good bike and if it is in good shape there is no reason it can't last a long time. I started riding my Voyageur in the last month and am going 10+ miles every time out, I am also down to just below 240 now (I should be near 200 lbs) and the Schwinn is very comfortable to me now.

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    The butt pain will go away. When I first started riding a few years ago, I couldn't believe how badly my ass hurt at first. It goes away in a week or two if you ride frequently.

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    Actually you guys are right, for losing weight cycling works. First of all you need to control your diet, avoid using carbohydrates and junk food it cause more problems for you, have a healthy diet like proteins nutritions. These kinds of things help you to have a healthy lifestyle.

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    Time to probably look at something new. Bikes are made so much more comfortable today. Being 240lbs myself comfort is a key. I believe you will find it money well spent. Good luck

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    Being a former fat guy i too can chime in here. I had sit bone issues. First thing was to get a GOOD pair of cycling shorts or bibs and NOT wear regular underwear with them. I am too modest to wear them alone to I pull on a pair of cargo shorts over them - which negates part of the benefit of the shorts, that is NO SEAMS but it works for me and I need the pockets.

    Keep your present bike and go the hybrid route and don't be surprised if in a few months or a year you will soon surpass the hybrid and need something like what you are currently using. Try the LBS's first, or even pawn shops, get something comfortable and get used to riding. Improve your performance till the hybrid just doesn't do it any more then try the road bike again. Your back limbers up as you lose weight and the lowered position will feel better, it also allows you to put more power to the pedals and gets you into a more aero position.

    I'm not on a road bike, but I went from a Giant Sedona comfort hybrid to a Giant Roam 2, which is MORE like a road bike but still not a true road bike. It fits me and I like it so I will probably stay on it for a while.

    BTW: I went from ~400 pounds to 210. Combination of weight loss surgery (VSG - vertical gastric sleeve) and diet and exercise. Weight loss will change your life whatever method you choose.

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