Originally Posted by BigAndTallBoise
Hello all...James in Boise, Idaho here.
I am 6'7" and about 335 (down from 365+) with a 36" inseam.
Needless to say, I can stand to lose a lot of weight and get in better shape.
Other than the beer gut I am healthy and able to ride.
Looking specifically for advice on a LWB recumbent that can accommodate my robust figure.
Any advice on makes and models and any necessary modifications would be much appreciated.
Thanks so much.
The Cycle Genius Falcon will fit people pretty tall and doesn't cost much, $1100 or so. I'm 6'2" and there's still about 3" of rearward seat adjustment left. The Falcon and Raven both use the same frame, just different components.
You are somewhat over the weight rating, but if you are careful over bumps it should do okay. The OEM wheels aren't real great ("Quando"/generic hubs) so if the bearings bomb out on ya (especially the rear wheel) you may have to put something better on. If you have a wheel laced up in the future, I'd suggest a wider (MTB-downhill width) rim in back too; the stock rims will hold you but a wider rim will make the tire and bike feel more stable in the rough stuff. The OEM rims are ~25mm wide, and downhill rims will be ~32-34mm wide.
I have changed out the handlebars and the stem on mine.
---The OEM handlebars may not be long enough for you. I have some RANS chopper bars on mine, because with the seat adjusted back enough for my legs, I could only get my fingertips on the handlebars (I'm 6'2"). The OEM bars are only about 13" tall and the RANS chopper bars are about 20" tall in their retracted position, and extend to about 26".
After the RANS bars were added, the OEM stem wouldn't clamp them hard enough to prevent them from rotating down all the time. Another potential problem was that the OEM stem uses a quill bolt that's at the bottom of a 7" hole, and if it loosens on the road, no regular road/mini tool can reach it to tighten it.... Due to both these reasons, I replaced the OEM stem with a threadless adaptor and a generic $20 threadless MTB stem that has a 4-bolt clamp. The handlebars don't slip down anymore because the MTB stem clamps much tighter and if any of the stem bolts comes loose during riding, I can stop and tighten them with any common multi-tool.