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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 03-31-18, 05:29 PM   #1
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Suggest bike for 260LB 5'10" guy

Hey guys,
Looking to start riding, will ride mostly on paved bike tracks and routes in the city.
I read some posts, from which i figured out i'd need 700c tires with more spokes to handle my weight.

I'm looking for a bike with a 400$ budget to start with. Please suggest what would be ideal for a 260lb guy.

I came across Giant Escape 3 and the Trek FX 2 which were highly suggested, that are bit above my budget. Are these the only ones, or any other options available?
Can I find a used bike any of the above 2?

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Old 03-31-18, 09:21 PM   #2
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IF you keep a good eye on Craigslist, you can find nice Giant Escapes, Trek FX and Specialized Sirrus in your budget. Some that are hardly even used.

Example:

https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/...548438996.html

https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/...509484800.html

https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/...545111174.html

32 spoke wheels should handle a many people under 300 lbs.
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Plus, there are many other brands out there, but the Giant, Trek and Specialized seems to be some of the more well known brands.

Examples:

https://www.diamondback.com/road-bik...ormance-hybrid

Quick | Fitness Bikes | Cannondale Bicycles

https://www.raleighusa.com/urban/fitness

Fuji Bikes | Absolute

This just name a few. Look at these and you will notice that each one has a $400 version of the bikes.
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You should be looking for used/new bike in size 54 cm or medium, just a heads up. Your price range for a bike will have heavy wheels that can handle body weight. Those bikes suggested will be fine.
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IF you keep a good eye on Craigslist, you can find nice Giant Escapes, Trek FX and Specialized Sirrus in your budget. Some that are hardly even used.

Example:

https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/...548438996.html

https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/...509484800.html

https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/...545111174.html

32 spoke wheels should handle a many people under 300 lbs.
When I was 250 (all muscle of course) I had no trouble with my $400~ Trek. The weak link however, were my wheels which seem to go out of true weekly. Just look for some heavy duty tandem wheels and you'll be fine.
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Plus, there are many other brands out there, but the Giant, Trek and Specialized seems to be some of the more well known brands.

Examples:

https://www.diamondback.com/road-bik...ormance-hybrid

Quick | Fitness Bikes | Cannondale Bicycles

https://www.raleighusa.com/urban/fitness

Fuji Bikes | Absolute

This just name a few. Look at these and you will notice that each one has a $400 version of the bikes.
Agreed. Except I'd replace Specialized with Cannondale.
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Wow! I'm looking for exactly the same thing, budget and all, but I roll a bit past 300 lbs on the scale. Thanks for the links, all!
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Around here (Washington DC area) most of the local bike shops have used bikes they sell on consignment for folks who've bought new bikes. Not going to be as cheap as Craig's List but much less of an adventure as far as condition of the bike.
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Thanks for all your suggestions. I got a used Trek FX 7.2 over the weekend, that was hardly used. Got it tuned at my LBS.


Have rode for 4 days now, put in 52 miles


My man parts pain. Should I get a gel pad seat or a different saddle?
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Thanks for all your suggestions. I got a used Trek FX 7.2 over the weekend, that was hardly used. Got it tuned at my LBS.


Have rode for 4 days now, put in 52 miles


My man parts pain.
Which is why you need to take it slow at first.
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Should I get a gel pad seat or a different saddle?
No, you should get cycling shorts. They're a much less risky investment.
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Thanks for all your suggestions. I got a used Trek FX 7.2 over the weekend, that was hardly used. Got it tuned at my LBS.


Have rode for 4 days now, put in 52 miles


My man parts pain. Should I get a gel pad seat or a different saddle?
Get some decent shorts. You don't need to spend big bucks, but don't cheap out. Aerotech designs makes some nice shorts for larger guys, and honestly priced. But they are not the only brand. I have some Pearl Izumi shorts in XXL that work fairly well also, and some Specialized in XXL as well. Plan to spend at least $50 though.

As for the saddle, I ride a Brooks B17 standard. It is pretty old school, being leather, but it is like an old pair of jeans. The more you use it, the more comfortable it gets.
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I use a Selle Anatomica Titanico H1 on my Trek 7.4 and it works well for me (260 lbs. now, down from 290).
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Thanks for all your suggestions. I got a used Trek FX 7.2 over the weekend, that was hardly used. Got it tuned at my LBS.


Have rode for 4 days now, put in 52 miles


My man parts pain. Should I get a gel pad seat or a different saddle?
OK, you'll get a lot of commentary but most "low end" stock bikes come with really soft saddles, which are the work of the devil.

You want a firm saddle that fits along with a nice pair of cycling shorts. Firm will feel awful to you at first but as you ride more you'll appreciate it.

Bottom line - get a nice pair of BIKE SHORTS... or bibs... and if that doesn't fix your issues ask your shop to let you demo some different saddles. The right one for you is out there but you need to find it, it really doesn't matter what my ass feels comfortable on.
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Congrats on the new bike and high hopes for the new life! You got a great bike to work with too. 4 days is not really enough time for your backside to get used to riding so I'd give it a while longer before buying a new seat but bike shorts are a must. I usually use liners to wear under other shorts because nobody needs to see me in spandex and they make a huge difference. If after a month or so with the shorts you still feel the seat needs replacing then have at it. I say wait because at this point they're all going to feel bad. Make sure your seat is adjusted properly for you, pop into the bike shop that did your tune up and ask them to critique your setup. Best of luck!
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