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Want to get into road biking But seems impossible with my size???

Old 04-11-17, 02:47 PM
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Want to get into road biking But seems impossible with my size???

Hey guys my names Matt and had some questions for some of you bigger riders. First off I'm 6'4" 315lbs athletic build, where can I find a bike for a man of my stature and how much should I be looking to spend and also how many of you guys have noticed a difference in your stamina or wind from riding obviously I know it depends on how much you ride but like I said I want to but don't know where to start any other things you guys think I should expect or look out for feel free to chime in

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Old 04-11-17, 03:09 PM
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I got my first road bike at 325.

Get a steel road bike with 36 spoke wheels, imo.

Call Mike Varley at Black Mountain Cycles and have him build you one. He'll build you something great. They are around $2k.

I have one of each of his builds. The road frame is awesome, but I've been riding my Monster Cross a lot more lately.
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A change in stamina? Yes

Before I started riding in 2013, I couldn't make it up a flight of stairs without being seriously winded.

A couple of months ago, I did 200 floors on the stair climber at the gym just as a goof
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Absolutely possible to road bike for someone your size. I'm 6'5" and have roughly 30lbs on you, and have 2 carbon road bikes (one with carbon wheels). I have never had any issue with the frames or wheels since I got into the sport a few years ago. Trek and Specialized do not have weight limits on frames. Wheels are another story and honestly that's probably the most vulnerable component for a clyde. High spoke count wheels have been wonderful for me so far.

Endurance/stamina is something I've built. First getting into cycling, I couldn't make it more than a few miles and had a hard time with bunny hills. With a great bike, quality bibs and lots of training I've got a couple century rides and metric century's under my belt.
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Originally Posted by Bigmatt92 View Post
Hey guys my names Matt and had some questions for some of you bigger riders. First off I'm 6'4" 315lbs athletic build, where can I find a bike for a man of my stature and how much should I be looking to spend and also how many of you guys have noticed a difference in your stamina or wind from riding obviously I know it depends on how much you ride but like I said I want to but don't know where to start any other things you guys think I should expect or look out for feel free to chime in

Thank you
Not impossible, but challenging. You want a frame that is large enough for your 6'4" frame, and wheels, particularly a back wheel that can take both your weight and the power you will generate without breaking spokes or going out of true.

As for the former, you will probably need a 64 cm frame. As to models, you need to look around. I am thinking a touring bike, maybe a Surly Long Haul Trucker, as it is built for loaded touring so it can take your weight. And Surly makes a 64 cm size. And the stock wheels are sturdy Alex DH19 rims, with 36 spokes. You will need to test ride it to see if the Surly is for you, but pretty much guarantee it would work for you height and weight.
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Old 04-11-17, 03:31 PM
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I have a buddy who thought he could not ever climb the local mountain roads. I invited him to try. Not only did he ride the 8 mile 2300 ft climb. Later he did the 21 mile 5,000 ft climb.

Later he we did a century together. He was 310 at the time riding 36 spoke Deep V rims. Not sure what he weighs now as he is a bad azz and does a ton of riding now.

But no, you are not too big to ride a road bike, you just need good strong wheels.

Clyde member AHultin, Bad Azz! We did this century together, plenty of climbing! One of my favorite rides and videos!

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I'm 6'4", 310 lbs and ride a 64cm 2017 Fuji Touring. I was riding a 1987 Maruishi RX-5 for about 2 years with some $99 Vuelta wheels and never bent or broke those. I think you'll be fine!
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Originally Posted by Bigmatt92 View Post
Hey guys my names Matt and had some questions for some of you bigger riders. First off I'm 6'4" 315lbs athletic build, where can I find a bike for a man of my stature and how much should I be looking to spend and also how many of you guys have noticed a difference in your stamina or wind from riding obviously I know it depends on how much you ride but like I said I want to but don't know where to start any other things you guys think I should expect or look out for feel free to chime in

Thank you
Define "road biking." I ask because for a number of years, I rode a hybrid. I frequently found myself using a more aggressive position that didn't work well on the more upright hybrid. The road bike geometry appealed me, but I'm 6'4" and about 226 lbs. My riding is about 60% paved and the balance decent unpaved, e.g. gravel. I spent a good deal of time testing to see if I really liked dropped bars, etc., most of winter. I like it, many different hand positions is a plus. I ultimately settled on a gravel bike. I was not interested in 25mm tires. Mine currently has 40mm tires and a bit too much tread 😉, getting ready to change them out to 38mm with a bit more pavement friendly tread.
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Firstly, there isn't really a problem with your size and weight. I am 6'5" with long arms and legs and started riding and racing road and track at your weight.

Secondly, when you're looking for a bike, your proportions will matter. When I did a fit session for my custom track frame last year, the fitter initially put me on a bike that was built for a 6'6" guy. That bike was way too small for me! Duratec used to have a great fit calculator that compared your proportions to statistical norms. That was where I found I had longer arms and my tibia is much longer than 'standard'. My torso was standard.

Having said all that, if you haven't been road biking before, I would start out with a nice second hand road bike or a new one, whichever your budget allows. You will be looking at the largest offering from whichever manufacturer gets your juices flowing. Facts are that this bike may not necessarily be properly suited to you, but that would depend on your proportions. Getting a fit done prior to riding on the road I think is a waste of money as your body won't be used to the position and that would require a subsequent refit soon down the track once your body is ready.

FWIW I ride a 3XL size Canyon CF SL. Until I was properly fitted to it, I really had no idea how messed up my position was with shoe horning myself onto smaller bikes. I had a Felt F4 before the Canyon, and I would highly recommend Felt bikes, but it just wasn't big enough for me
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You can always go the cross bike route too. Change the tires and you have a roadesk bike.
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Old 04-12-17, 04:56 AM
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I just want to thank all the members that chimed in with your opinions and suggestions all of it was very helpful and informative I'll repost to this thread with updates guys and feel free to keep the suggestions rolling in
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Originally Posted by gabeham206 View Post
Trek and Specialized do not have weight limits on frames.
This is not true. The last time I looked it up, most of their road frames have a weight limit between 240-270 lbs.
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I ride an Orbea "Orca" 60cm carbon fiber bike with Rolf Prima "Vigor RS (oem)" wheels. I stand 6'3" and 347 pounds.

I have ridden this bike from 370 pounds in Jan 2015 on the factory wheels until late summer 2016 at 355 pounds when I upgraded the wheels to the ones on it now.

I also ride Maxxis Padrone 700x25mm tubeless tires (no pinch flats for me).
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