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Old 09-24-07, 11:47 AM   #1
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New rider looking for what bike to ride

Hello,

I am a 6'2" tall 285 lb man who has let himself go for far to long. I will be 40 before long and I have to get back into shape. I have started taking martial arts classes. But really want something that will let me spend time with my 8 year old daughter and help me get into shape, so I decided to start riding again.

I bought her a really nice little Raleigh mountain bike to ride and she just finally got up on it three weeks ago. I think it was the time we went before that just had her sit on the bike and practice falling over all different ways into the grass. Then most of a day going just a few feet and her hitting the brakes and stopping on her own. Now she is off and riding, no fear.. I didn't think she was ever going to get it. Training wheels seemed to really hamper her getting it too. She just tooled around on them instead of even trying to sit straight.

Anyway, I went out and bought the best bike I could get from Target, which was a Schwinn dual shock mountain bike. I know nothing about bikes but the price tag of the similar Raleigh bike for someone my size was intimidating enough to try the Target one. It worked great for two rides. One up the side or a river here in GA, and another around the neighborhood which has some hills but I walked up half of those. Then yesterday when I tried to ride it up my driveway and got a little speed up before hand, it just snapped part of the gear on the back in two and threw that whole flying gear thing into the back spokes. Luckily Target took it back...

so now I am trying to figure out what I can buy, and I would rather talk to fellow riders than a bike sales guy first off. So if anyone can help me please do. <G>

I am looking for a mountain bike or BMX style bike that I can ride off road and on cement trails. I am not doing any jumps or crazy stuff on it, but I do want to be able to bear down on it and stand up to fight my way up a hill and what not. As I said right off, I am a 6'2" tall 285 lb man, but I am not slow or weak by any means, I walk several miles a day and train in martial arts doing Kung-Fu, soon adding in Jiu-Jitsu for the cartio workout it gives. So because I am fat yet not totally out of shape, and the fact I tend to snap things in two unintentionally. I would really appreciate some advice on what can handle my attempted workout.

Thanks all this looks like a great board. I'm sure I will be sticking around.

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Old 09-24-07, 12:51 PM   #2
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Fury, go check out the Clydesdales/Athenas forum. The folks over there are experts on bikes for bigger men and women.

Here's a good thread to get you started:

Clydesdale/Athena Index Thread - read before posting and ALL the old Stickies linked

Welcome to BF, and hope to see you posting .

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Old 09-24-07, 12:56 PM   #3
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Welcome Fury Sting.

As East Hill said, come on over to the Clyde forum. We are the sub-forum for us big guys and gals. You'll get all the answers you need that are specific to any weight/endurance issues in there.
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Thanks for the welcome!

Sweet thanks for the quick replies and info on where to go!

I will go check out that forum now!

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Also, one of the moderators, RonH, may have some suggestions for local bike shops in your area (he's in Atlanta )...

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