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    My guess is that your concerned about buying...

    My guess is that your concerned about buying something sturdy. For most, I wouldn't recommend the bike I ride, but with your size, it makes sense. I ride a Specialized Crossroads. Its heavy duty,...
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    A couple of thoughts on this, although I myself...

    A couple of thoughts on this, although I myself have never heard those comments. But usually guys that are 6'4" 200lbs don't get many negative comments. They don't want to mess with you. Anyhow,...
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    Unfortunately, I have "the problem", which is not...

    Unfortunately, I have "the problem", which is not surprising as I have not exercised vigorously on a long term program since I was in college. I'd do it for a while and quit, like a lot of people. ...
  4. OP: Sounds like you're doing just fine. I...

    OP: Sounds like you're doing just fine. I started last year after many years not riding or doing any serious consistent exercise. My hybrid has 45mm tires. I worked my way up to 400 miles total,...
  5. Stucky is so right. I gave up on the magazines...

    Stucky is so right. I gave up on the magazines years ago. Everything they reviewed was great? Amazon is great for reviews on most things they sell.
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    Its easy to see a smaller frame is less weight...

    Its easy to see a smaller frame is less weight and has other advantages. I can also see the racers taking advantage of a smaller frame, weight wise. But for the average rider, or an older fellow...
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    I'm finding this more complicated than I thought,...

    I'm finding this more complicated than I thought, but that's OK; I love a mystery. One thing I've noticed now with bicycles, is that fitting the frame doesn't seem to be a high priority for the...
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    I just visited Velocity, and yes, IMHO, they're...

    I just visited Velocity, and yes, IMHO, they're much better. I appreciate all the suggestions. Looks like I still have lots of research to do. You all have given me some stuff to think about.
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    I tried both a Giant Defy and a Trek 1.1. I...

    I tried both a Giant Defy and a Trek 1.1. I think I will try a different shop. I definitely got the feeling they were trying to get me to buy their close out stock from 2015 before the new models...
  10. Its a 2014 model. I believe it has a steel fork...

    Its a 2014 model. I believe it has a steel fork and the rest is Aluminum. Even so, its still 35 lbs.
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    Just say No to road bike?

    I currently ride an off road oriented hybrid, which is heavy bike, but its comfortable to me as I am 200+ and 6'4". But I've been getting stronger and would like to go faster, so I tried out a...
  12. I can't believe the weights of your bikes. Mine...

    I can't believe the weights of your bikes. Mine is 35 lbs.
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    I attempt to ride 5 days a week minimum. That...

    I attempt to ride 5 days a week minimum. That means I have to ride in the morning as it still gets hot after 10:00am. I'm up to 8 miles and about 13 MPH, which means about 35 minutes. But I'm...
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    You'd get a good laugh at what some refer to as...

    You'd get a good laugh at what some refer to as hills in west Texas. Our land is extremely flat and the only hills are canyons carved by a few rivers. Our hills are really just a gradual incline. ...
  15. I did just about what you did last year and...

    I did just about what you did last year and started with a hybrid, which in hindsight was a smart decision. I bought a Specialized Crossroads, which was only $400, and has worked out very well. I...
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    I've been out of cycling for over 20 years, and I...

    I've been out of cycling for over 20 years, and I just started to get enthused after buying a bike last year, so its not that I'm lazy, but I'm just old and I don't want to go beyond what my body can...
  17. From what I've been able to figure out, it seems...

    From what I've been able to figure out, it seems that there is a great variety in "hybrids" I have a Specialized Crossroads. Its 35lbs, XL bike. It has 45x700 tires. The front wheel with the tire...
  18. I have less than a thousand miles of cycling in...

    I have less than a thousand miles of cycling in since I restared last year and I've already had one of these. I started yelling at a guy in in Pickup who pulled right in front of me like I wasn't...
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    You're not alone. Casual shorts, t-shirt, and a...

    You're not alone. Casual shorts, t-shirt, and a baseball cap. I'm feeling the pull of conformity, but I haven't given in yet.

    However, I might give in on an Endura shirt. Not to fit in, but...
  20. I rode a couple of centuries in my late 20's with...

    I rode a couple of centuries in my late 20's with very little preconditioning. It took 9 hours and a lot of suffering the last 20-30 miles, but I made it. I could barely walk the next day. Now I...
  21. I think a study of the heath of people who...

    I think a study of the heath of people who participated in Iron Man events, professional cyclists, etc, these types of folks would be interesting, especially to see what the long term effects of...
  22. I stand corrected on the Jim Fix issue, but I...

    I stand corrected on the Jim Fix issue, but I still think that there are some people who are over doing it for their age and damaging their body. I have several friends and family in my age group,...
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    I'm certainly no expert on training and fitness,...

    I'm certainly no expert on training and fitness, but I'm old enough and had enough physical problems to know that your body talks to you, you need to listen. First, I'd cut back for awhile. ...
  24. At my age (62), just riding a bike and exercising...

    At my age (62), just riding a bike and exercising regularly makes you very different
  25. I have never understood why people push beyond...

    I have never understood why people push beyond recommendations like Max. beats per minute. Maybe you remember Jim Fix, The running book. The guy fell over at 50 from a heart attack, dead. It was...
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