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Old 04-06-20, 08:39 AM
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New (returning) rider

Hi all,


I used to love riding my bike, but due to a decade long depression I havn't been riding for a long time. Last time (about 2 years ago) I wanted to get back at it, I bought a Trek FX 7.4. On one of my first runs I had a small accident (my own fault) where I made a somersault over the handlebar. Nothing happened (landed on my feet etc), but I believe it scared me, as I've never tried going out for a ride since.


In the 2 years since, I've delved deeper into my depression and gained a lot of weight. Today I'm around 190cm/6'3" and 170kg/370lbs. The bike has been standing on our indoor balcony since and every time I've looked at it I've felt bad... but the urge is slowly getting back. The fog of the (most severe) depression is slowly lifting and I want to get riding again.


I'm just super scared that the bike will crumble under my weight. It's recommended max weigh is 136kg/300lbs (with bike etc), and I'm a fair amount above that. I will mainly be using the bike on pavement and gravel, but I have a tendency to ride a bit rough.. maybe not under my current weight, but as it get's lower.


Also I can feel some kind of anxiety rests in me from when I had my accident. I'm the kind of person that never really gets hurt, always land on my feet etc.. but with my current weight, I'm gonna break something.. "dexterity" be damned.


so... 2 questions:


1. what recommendations can you give me regards my bike? should I acquire a more sturdy bike? and if so, which?

2. any tips/tricks to overcome this damn anxiety? I know, logically, that nothing is probably gonna happen, but I can't help but still feeling it.




Thanks in advance and sorry if some of the terms or grammar are wrong. English/American is not my first language
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Originally Posted by Hillgrove
Hi all,

so... 2 questions:


1. what recommendations can you give me regards my bike? should I acquire a more sturdy bike? and if so, which?

2. any tips/tricks to overcome this damn anxiety? I know, logically, that nothing is probably gonna happen, but I can't help but still feeling it.

Thanks in advance and sorry if some of the terms or grammar are wrong. English/American is not my first language
For question 1.
Honestly, I can say bikes are much sturdier than many give credit for. As long as you don't ride aggressively, I see no reason that Trek can't support you. I would suggest keeping the tires at their maximum pressure at anything over 300 pounds.

For question 2.
Fear and anxiety. The only thing I will say is, swallow what you can and ride. My own personal experience follows, in August 2011, I crashed BAD. Broke my back, and cracked vertebra in my neck and a lot more than that. It took me 3 years to get back on a bike at all. I fear downhill speed. Terrifies me. What scares me more? My heart. Which is why I lost weight.

Good luck with your weight loss journey. My cardiologist scared me into weight loss. I had gastric sleeve weight loss surgery October of 2018, because I had a lot of other issues all trying to kill me. I was 378 pounds at my heaviest. I'm in my 240s now. Exercise bikes at the gym, and my own bike on a trainer at home helped the most.
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Originally Posted by Hillgrove
Hi all,


I used to love riding my bike, but due to a decade long depression I havn't been riding for a long time. Last time (about 2 years ago) I wanted to get back at it, I bought a Trek FX 7.4. On one of my first runs I had a small accident (my own fault) where I made a somersault over the handlebar. Nothing happened (landed on my feet etc), but I believe it scared me, as I've never tried going out for a ride since.


In the 2 years since, I've delved deeper into my depression and gained a lot of weight. Today I'm around 190cm/6'3" and 170kg/370lbs. The bike has been standing on our indoor balcony since and every time I've looked at it I've felt bad... but the urge is slowly getting back. The fog of the (most severe) depression is slowly lifting and I want to get riding again.


I'm just super scared that the bike will crumble under my weight. It's recommended max weigh is 136kg/300lbs (with bike etc), and I'm a fair amount above that. I will mainly be using the bike on pavement and gravel, but I have a tendency to ride a bit rough.. maybe not under my current weight, but as it get's lower.


Also I can feel some kind of anxiety rests in me from when I had my accident. I'm the kind of person that never really gets hurt, always land on my feet etc.. but with my current weight, I'm gonna break something.. "dexterity" be damned.


so... 2 questions:


1. what recommendations can you give me regards my bike? should I acquire a more sturdy bike? and if so, which?

2. any tips/tricks to overcome this damn anxiety? I know, logically, that nothing is probably gonna happen, but I can't help but still feeling it.




Thanks in advance and sorry if some of the terms or grammar are wrong. English/American is not my first language
Try to ride gently since you are well over the maximum weight for your bike.

Get some heavy duty wheels, preferably at least 36 spokes, maybe more to handle your weight.
Start easy, and work up to longer rides. If you can only ride for 15 or 20 minutes at first, so be it. Better to do that 3 or 4 times a week and slowly build up to longer rides.
Try to lose weight. It mostly has to do with your eating, so keep that in mind. I was over 300 lbs last summer but I cut out most bread, sugar, and junk food. I am down to 250 now. I would be down more, but I hit a plateau with this whole COVID 19 Quarantine.
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