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Old 11-30-04, 01:21 PM   #1
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Can a bicycle support my weight?

I weigh almost 300 pounds and would like to buy a bike so I can ride with my 2 kids. I'm not sure what kind of bike, just something to ride around the neighborhood and on bike paths. Are there certain bikes (makes or brands or styles) that are stronger than others?
Thanks for any suggestions.
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Old 11-30-04, 01:39 PM   #2
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yes-if you're really worried about it, kona makes bikes specifically for clydesdales-check out konaworld.com. You're local bike shop (LBS) can also make recommendations. I would stay away from department store bikes for sure...
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Old 11-30-04, 01:40 PM   #3
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They made a mountain bike for Shaq, the 7'1 340lb+ basketball player. There will be a bike for you somewhere, though I'll let the experts give you some ideas on where.
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Old 11-30-04, 01:56 PM   #4
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I'm 290-300, and the trek 7200FX does me good.
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Old 11-30-04, 02:14 PM   #5
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When I first hit the 290 mark, I bought a Schwinn Sidewinder 2.6 FS, which is basically a Wal-Mart bike. Still ride it from time to time, and rode it to the Critical Mass Ride on Friday. No problems whatsoever.

My point is not that you can find a cheap DS bike to work for you, but that you can definitely find a higher end model that will be fine. I'm down to 273 and riding a Trek 1200 and even that works. Most higher end bikes should be able to take your weight with no problem. I second Devious Rhesus' recommendation of the 7200Fx. In fact, I'm looking to snag one of those myself as my second bike (need something a bit lighter than my Schwinn)...
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Old 11-30-04, 06:13 PM   #6
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Good quality mountain bikes have rims, hubs and frames built to take more stress than the bike is likely to get from riding on a paved road. For example, a "middle level" Trek mountain bike is engineered for the possibility that a 200 pound (plus) rider might actually race it down the side of a mountain. Most of us will use that same bike to ride to Starbucks, but it really can safely carry you down a mountain.

A mountain bike equipped with slick tires, such as the Specialized Fatboy, makes a fine road bike for everyday use. Make sure the bike is carefully matched to your height, and leg length - a correctly fitted bike is far more enjoyable to ride.

Some folks may claim a mountain bike makes you work a little harder than a 19 pound road bike. Assuming that is true, couldn't most of us benefit from working a little harder while we are enjoying our bikes?
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Old 11-30-04, 06:20 PM   #7
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Kona Hoss series is made just for you.
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Old 12-01-04, 05:57 AM   #8
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If you are Just Riding Along, rather than jumping big stunts, then any reputable hybrid or MTB style bike will do the jiob. The failure point is at the wheels not the frame. Get 36spoke wheels and buy from a reputable bike shop where they can tension the spokes correctly. This will eliminate the main casue of bike failure.
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I second MichaelW's advice, but add that wheels implicate tire width choices. If you get a road bike, don't get skinny (20 or 23 mm) tires; go at least 25 mm. If you need wider tires, say 28 mm, make sure there's clearance. If you get a MTB or hybrid, it's likely to come with wider tires.
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Buy yourself a nice hybrid bike like the Trek mentioned above. Use a wide tire and keep them properly inflated. Whats your budget?
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