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Old 04-13-07, 01:58 PM   #1
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Help a Big and Tall brother out?

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.
My old beat-up Univega is killing me (and it's barely staying together)...though I am losing weight.
Not interested in a trike and my 20 mile mostly rural commute does have some climbing.
I am looking to spend under 2K including any necessary modifications (heavy duty wheels, seat, etc.).
I'm not racing or in a huge hurry to get to work so if the bike turns out to be a bit heavier than "normal" then that is okay with me...I would rather the bike be sturdier and a bit heavier (and hopefully cheaper) than have all kinds of carbon fiber or titanium bells and whistles.
Any advice on makes and models and any necessary modifications would be much appreciated.
Thanks so much.
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Old 04-13-07, 09:40 PM   #2
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Lightfoot recumbents such as the Ranger can hadle someone up to 6'4" and 350lbs. They offer a custom XL Ranger too. In any case, prices are near the top of your budget.

http://www.lightfootcycles.com/ramodel.htm


I think the weight limits of other LWBs (Rans, Easy Racer, Longbikes, Linear, Cycle Genius, etc.) top out at 275 or so. Sorry to say, recumbent shopping is not going to be easy for someone as big as yourself.
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Old 04-14-07, 11:38 AM   #3
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Old 04-14-07, 12:32 PM   #4
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I can't offer anything but my hope for you, to find a bike that will work for you. I'm 6'5 270 and I'm right at the limits of my actionbent, a bit over the weight limit(this winter has killed me, I was down to 250 in August, but I broke my foot in January and it hasn't quite come back despite only being in the cast for 3 weeks)

Anyhow, good luck to you, I'm glad to hear that there are other giants looking to ride 'bents!
Mike
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You might look at an EZ Sport CX, which has a chrome moly frame. I think the frame would hold up to your weight, and stouter wheels wouod complete the package. I was 290 when I gor my EZ Sport AX and it has held up fine. Ther have not been any problems with the aluminum frame. I'm now 230, and feel way better. bk
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Old 04-16-07, 09:36 AM   #6
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I can't offer anything but my hope for you, to find a bike that will work for you. I'm 6'5 270 and I'm right at the limits of my actionbent, a bit over the weight limit(this winter has killed me, I was down to 250 in August, but I broke my foot in January and it hasn't quite come back despite only being in the cast for 3 weeks)

Anyhow, good luck to you, I'm glad to hear that there are other giants looking to ride 'bents!
Mike
I concur, 6'5" seems to be the absolute max for any Actionbent (TW-Bents) frame.
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Old 04-16-07, 10:38 AM   #7
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I am 6'6" 230lbs. and had a LWB custom built for me by Denny LaDue for under $500. He builds you a frame and you populate it (I didn't buy anything but the red part of the seat). It's the sweetest bike I've ever ridden. Search for LaBent by LaDue. He's a great guy and does very beautiful work. It is a truly professional looking bike. Except maybe for my homemade seat hehehe. But it works. And I bet a 300lb. guy could ride my bike with no problem whatsoever. And Denny added his "heavy rider' brace on my bike. The LaBent is like a sporty Cadillac of bikes. I chose this bike because I wanted to be as low to the ground as possible and the smoothness of long trips. And there's the cost thing.....
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