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    Fat man needs help Rabbit229's Avatar
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    Please help

    Quite discussed in my self to be honest!
    I'm 20stone ( 280 lb ) I seriously let my self go.
    Im a male and 36 years old
    5'9 tall

    I need to get out and ride, I have tired the gym and I find it incredibly boring! I last one week.

    as a you lad I loved being out on my bmx and mountain bike enjoying the country Side so I'm going to give it a go once again

    AM I TO FAT TO RIDE?
    Will I damage the bike?

    most important what bike will suit my needs, i have been looking at giants! I want a bike that will last and handle my weight.

    I don't want a bike for off road. I'm looking for a bike for the use on Tarmac

    hope some one can put me in the right direction :-)

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    go to your LBS, they'll better be able to help you..most likely they'll recommend one of the steel frames and some of the heavier, wider (not offroad size, but wider) wheels to support you. they do make road bikes for guys your size, i've passed a few that got bumped off the back of races that left before mine, so don't give up hope. your LBS is your best bet for good information and "testing" stuff out, saddles (I imagine) might be your hardest part to find and get right. if you do buy a used bike make sure you can fit wider wheels in the chain stays and fork (you're not going to be riding 19mm or 21mm wheels until you're <220lbs)
    -Tony

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    There's a forum here for and by people trying to do just what you are. It's the Clydesdales and Athenas Forum, where you can find out what other bigger folks have found suitable, and see who has been able to ride a bicycle.

    Generally anyone can ride. I doubt you are the exception.

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    I started riding again at age 43 wighing in at 270 LBS and started riding a Huffy Mountain bike. It did the job for me for the few months I rode it and dropped 30 LBS in 4 months. I upgraded to a better bike since then, but the Huffy was a great starting point.
    Putting the fun between my legs.......
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    Recumbents are an up front investment... but you dont have to sit on a wedgie seat to get exercise..

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    You are NOT too fat too ride. Get a bike and go. You will feel so much better.
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    Iv got my self a mountain bike to start with I will put you some photos up if I learn how. Bargain 30.00 Claude butler. Iv put 60lb psi in the tire, is said 40 to 65 psi. It feels like I'd glides. Only did 10 mins and the seat was unbearable, right up my a**. Going buy a wide seat tomorrow, and thing I should look out for?

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