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Old 07-23-08, 07:14 AM   #1
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need help please.....new to this ....

Please Help !!!!! I am new to this world.... how do i find out what type of bike to purchase???

From the little I know- I have to stop riding a trek mountain bike through NYC- Don't need a Cervelo racing bike-
I think I need a hybred???

I am trying to loose weight 270 does this make a difference in what frame ??

Where do i buy riding gear ( where the sales staff won't laugh at me!!)
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Old 07-23-08, 12:05 PM   #2
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Please Help !!!!! I am new to this world.... how do i find out what type of bike to purchase???

From the little I know- I have to stop riding a trek mountain bike through NYC- Don't need a Cervelo racing bike-
I think I need a hybred???

I am trying to loose weight 270 does this make a difference in what frame ??

Where do i buy riding gear ( where the sales staff won't laugh at me!!)
Find a local bike store that's convenient to you and that is helpful to big riders (The Bike Forums calls us Clydesdales). I walked in and found a guy (who turned out to be the owner of the shop) who was almost as big as I am and asked him what to buy to commute to work. (I was at 275) He had me try a Trek 7300 and a Navigator. I bought the Navigator because it was more comfortable. That was 6 weeks and 500 miles ago, I'm down 10 lbs, feel better than I have in years and am amazed at how much fun I'm having. I promised myself if I reach 225lbs I'm going to buy another bike that's faster. (In addition to, not instead of my Navigator) I want to take longer rides with the "Roadies", they're too fast for me now but I'm doing 20 miles off and on the trails on the weekends and I love it and I'm getting stronger and going further every week.
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Old 07-23-08, 02:17 PM   #3
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You will need a bike with a strong rear wheel, which you probably already have on your Trek MTB. To go faster on city streets, you could fit it with 26 X 1.50 smooth tires. When you are fit enough to max-out the speed of the pedals in top gear you should then start searching for a fancier bike. A strong rear wheel is one with the spokes evenly tensioned, and at max tension for the rim. You will find it worth your while to spend $50 on a spoke tensiometer. Good luck and have fun.
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Hello verynewbiker, actually the Trek will do just fine. You can get a road bike that can handle the stress of a bigger rider, but check in with the Clydesdales/Athenas forum to get the really good advice.

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