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    The right bike for male 6'3 197lbs is?

    First of all, thank you Catatonic for the referal to Kona brand bike. I found a local store that is dealing them -they only have one left. I asked about the "Kona Smoke" They said they will stop selling them this year. Good bike, but they are low on space.

    Their website also had a picture of the Raleigh SC40. My husband tried that bike last year and he look good on it!

    The bike guy told me that whatever bike I choose, because hubby is a heavy guy, he suggests that I improve the wheel by installing triple wall rims and 3 chambers. Whatever that means. I guess it's heavier spokes.

    The cost would be around -say an extra 175.00

    He also says that no matter which bike I choose, the frame is going to take a beating and give because of stress from his weight.

    Well, I trust what this guy was saying. Yet, I still feel like I need to inquire more about what's out there and recommended for heavier bikers. Your comments are welcome. Since he is heavy and the streets here in Cleve. OH are rough, I am approaching this with caution. His birthday is 1/21. I could use all the help I could get -working with a low budget.

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    I am almost the same build and have never used any special heavy weight components. There are some wheelsets out there that have weight restrictions because they are so light, but are still around 175 pounds. I run bontrager race lites on my Trek on pretty rough roads and have never had to true them. If you are looking for a hybrid or commuter I think the size is all you need to look at. This would be more of an issue if he weighed 297 pounds. I think someone is trying to get an additional $175 out of you.
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    Heck, 197 lbs is light. I've been a Clydesdale (over 200 lbs) since college and have always used stock equipment on my road bike. I would avoid low spoke count wheels and swap for traditional 32 spoke count wheels. Other than that, you just need a frame size to match his inseam/height.

    BTW, I'm currently over 250 lbs and don't have any "special" parts on my road bike.
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    Hi, I'm 6'3" and 240lbs and for that reason, I ride a cyclocross bike which is made for rough treatment. It's aluminun with a carbon fork. No mods. Great all around bike. Many good brands. I'd stay away from fulll carbon bikes. I was advised by friends who are have expensive road bikes to spend around $1500 but I bought one for under $1,000.

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    I weigh 360 pounds, and I went out for a 17+ mile ride on Saturday, some of them over some pretty rough roads, and I do use some pretty stout wheels, but they are only double walled Sun CR18 rims 36 spoke 3X... nothing special.

    At 197 pounds, I don't even think that is at the weight limit for anything except for pretty exotic race related bicycle equipment that sometimes has a 150 pound limit.

    Your hubby isn't even qualified for the Clysdesdale class at races unless he packs on some pounds.

    Frankly, someone like your husband who is 1/2 my weight should be able to ride virtually anything other than really high end racing wheels... unless he is running into curbs or dirt jumping... in which case I would do heavy duty wheels regardless of weight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Be Ready View Post
    The bike guy told me that whatever bike I choose, because hubby is a heavy guy, he suggests that I improve the wheel by installing triple wall rims and 3 chambers. Whatever that means. I guess it's heavier spokes.

    The cost would be around -say an extra 175.00

    He also says that no matter which bike I choose, the frame is going to take a beating and give because of stress from his weight.

    Well, I trust what this guy was saying. Yet, I still feel like I need to inquire more about what's out there and recommended for heavier bikers. Your comments are welcome. Since he is heavy and the streets here in Cleve. OH are rough, I am approaching this with caution. His birthday is 1/21. I could use all the help I could get -working with a low budget.
    Which bonehead at which shop told you that crap? I weigh 230 and have been as heavy as 255 and I have NEVER, in 40 years, broken a frame. Yeah, some wheelsets on cheap bikes are not the greatest, but for most if you keep them trued and the tires properly inflated, will give you little trouble at 200lbs...and if they don't, fine, THEN replace them.

    Take your husband down to Century Cycles in Peninsula and ask for Brent, Doug, Gary, Kevin or Derrick. They'll take good care of you and won't give you any BS. Take a ride on the towpath while you are down there.
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