Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg)
Reload this Page >

Big Guys 270+ What Are You Riding?

Notices
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.

Big Guys 270+ What Are You Riding?

Old 01-22-09, 11:46 AM
  #1  
mestude
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 8
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Big Guys 270+ What Are You Riding?

looking for some input on what some the Big Dogs (270+) are riding, what kind of riding and how well your bike is holding up....tell me what you got...
mestude is offline  
Old 01-22-09, 12:20 PM
  #2  
DieselDan
Senior Member
 
DieselDan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Beaufort, South Carolina, USA and surrounding islands.
Posts: 8,521

Bikes: Cannondale R500, Motobecane Messenger

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I'm not big, just fat at 5'7", 285#, down from 340 at my heaviest. I started by riding a Diamondback Sorrento, an entry level MTB. I then progressed to a road bike, first a vintage Univega, now a 15 year old Cannondale. Frames will usually hold up for anyone, the wheels are what supports everything. My Diamondback has a strong set of 36 spoke wheels. I now have two wheelsets for the Cannondale, a heavy duty 36 spoke RSX/CXP 22 set for everyday riding, and a 32 spoke 600/Open Pro set for events and the odd race I do.

Most of my riding is on the road or pathway. I occasionally venture off road, but off road trails are few and far between around here and are disappearing. Lately I have been doing family rides with my son on his bike, a Motobecane Messenger, and my daughter on an Adams Trail-A-Bike behind the aforementioned Diamondback.
DieselDan is offline  
Old 01-22-09, 12:49 PM
  #3  
jesspal
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Miami, FL
Posts: 1,739

Bikes: 2009 BMC SLX01/2016 Santa Cruz Bronson

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I ride 09 Cannondale Caad9 7, with cxp22 rims. I love the bike and it has been very good to me so far. Before that i rode a POS wallyworld gt mtb. 5'11" 280
jesspal is offline  
Old 01-22-09, 12:51 PM
  #4  
mds2004
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Bakersfield/Fresno State, CA
Posts: 95

Bikes: 2009 Specialized Roubaix

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
6'4'' 265...09 Specialized Roubaix.
mds2004 is offline  
Old 01-22-09, 12:52 PM
  #5  
jaxgtr
Senior Member
 
jaxgtr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Posts: 5,106

Bikes: Trek Domane SLR 7, Trek Emonda ALR 6, Trek X-Caliber 8

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 201 Post(s)
Liked 374 Times in 234 Posts
I started riding at 375 on a Trek 7300 hybrid, moved to a Specialized Allez about 340 and have been riding a Cannondale CAAD9 since I was 315. All the bikes have upgraded wheels, Velocity Deep V's (36\3x) and Mavic Reflex (32\3x) for the CAAD and Mavic A119 (36\3X) on the 7300. All my miles are on the road. All the bikes holding up well. I did sell the Allez to get the Cannondale, but did like it when I had it.
__________________
Brian | 2021 Trek Domane SLR 7 | 2016 Trek Emonda ALR 6 | 2016 Trek X-Caliber 8
Originally Posted by AEO View Post
you should learn to embrace change, and mock it's failings every step of the way.




jaxgtr is offline  
Old 01-22-09, 01:15 PM
  #6  
dcrowell
Fat Guy Rolling
 
dcrowell's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Louisville Kentucky
Posts: 2,434

Bikes: Bacchetta Agio, 80s Raleigh Record single-speed, Surly Big Dummy

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I started on a cheap Giant Hybrid. I kept popping rear spokes, so I upgraded the rear wheel. I've had no further problems.
dcrowell is offline  
Old 01-22-09, 01:23 PM
  #7  
ochizon
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 262
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
6'1", 300lbs. Raleigh grand prix from the 80's
no problems.
ochizon is offline  
Old 01-22-09, 01:30 PM
  #8  
Bill Kapaun
Really Old Senior Member
 
Bill Kapaun's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Mid Willamette Valley, Orygun
Posts: 12,731

Bikes: 87 RockHopper,2008 Specialized Globe. Both upgraded to 9 speeds.

Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1358 Post(s)
Liked 585 Times in 441 Posts
At 270, a lot depends on your type of riding.
If you stick to smooth pavement, most anything except the cheapest bikes would probably work.
Throw in potholes or off road and then you need much better wheels.
The Specialized HardRock Sport seems to be one of the recommended Clyde choices.
Having the spokes re-tensioned after a few miles seems to be a good idea to keep the spoke stresses distrubuted evenly.
Bill Kapaun is offline  
Old 01-22-09, 01:45 PM
  #9  
Kamala
Clyde - Grinder
 
Kamala's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Seattle
Posts: 321

Bikes: 2009 Jamis Aurora Elite - 2007 Specialized Hardrock

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
At 5'10", 362 (down from 395), I'm riding a specialized hardrock sport. Been holding up good for streets and paved trails.
Kamala is offline  
Old 01-22-09, 01:49 PM
  #10  
TechKnowGN
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Boston, MA
Posts: 1,266

Bikes: 2009 Fuji Newest 1.0, 2011 Trek 3900 Disc MTB

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Ive got a Fuji Absolute 4.0. Love it. I'm 322, 6'2". I think I might new wheels for my birthday, just to be safe, but we'll see. I plan to log enough miles on it over the next couple of months to know for sure. I want to be ready come April that I can count on what I have for the triathlon.
TechKnowGN is offline  
Old 01-22-09, 02:01 PM
  #11  
evblazer
Thread Killer
 
evblazer's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Marfan Syndrome-Clyde-DFW, TX
Posts: 1,845

Bikes: Fuji Touring Xtracycle, Merlin Road, Bacchetta Giro 26 (Sold), Challenge Hurricane, Cruzbike Sofrider

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I have a nice little merlin titanium road bike I ride when I go on short really quick rides. It has deep v type 32 spoke wheels and I've never had a problem with it. I did put a rear rack on it for commuting backup duty and when a backpack won't do on a short trip but otherwise it is pretty much stock. I curb hop, run through ditches and bunny hop speed bumps at full speed all with no problems so far. I only have about 1500 miles on it but it was 10+ years old when I got it.


A Fuji Touring bike that had lots of problems with the original wheels but the hand built 319 touring rims held up great over about 4000 miles but it is my heavy duty shopping bike now. Here carrying my father in law's BikeE to the shop for packing. When I was around 300 I carried almost 100 lbs or so in the rear bags and didn't have any problems with the bike.


Then I got a nice recumbent for riding and I hoped I'd be under before it came in but I was still a tad over the 275lb weight limit for (Bacchetta Giro 26) and then add 40 lbs of commuting/brevet an other junk to that and I'm definately over. It has held up fine over 5000 miles with the exception of a fork issue which even some <150 lbs people have had. Seen here at hotter then hell holding up my wifes little Challenge Hurricane SL


I'm current riding this little 4th hand challenge hurricane with itty bitty 20" wheels which has a base weight limit of 290. Have about 1200 miles in the seat since I got it on Thanksgiving. Only problem was the hollowpin chain the previous owner put on it which kept breaking side plates.
evblazer is offline  
Old 01-22-09, 02:14 PM
  #12  
jgjulio
Senior Member
 
jgjulio's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Long Beach, CA
Posts: 424

Bikes: 2020 Veego 750, 2011 Specialized Roubaix Elite, 08 Trek 7200, Very Old Schwinn Cruiser

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 4 Times in 4 Posts
At 333 started on a Trek 7200 now at 285 have Specialized Sequoia - both bikes stock - no wheel changes etc. No problems so far. I ride pavement with only cracks - no holes.
jgjulio is offline  
Old 01-22-09, 03:09 PM
  #13  
bgoodwin73
Newbie
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Hey im 6' 3 and 350 when i got a a trek 4300 it has been a great bike for me
and the price was right at the time.
bgoodwin73 is offline  
Old 01-22-09, 03:25 PM
  #14  
daibutsu
Banned.
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: DC area
Posts: 99

Bikes: Marin San Anselmo, old Mountain Bike, real old schwinn road bike, and Birdy folder

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I'm 6'3" 255 and now ride a Diamondback. I had a Marin but gave up when their dealer here in DC (Big Wheel Bikes) was unable to even remotely true the wheel. When I got the bike new, maybe 60 percent of the spokes were even tight, the others loose. After two attempts BWB replaced the wheel (After lots of visibility on the web!) with an even crappier wheel which potato chipped after about 100 miles. No problems at all 1000 miles later with good equipment. Now I stay away from Marin and Big Wheel bikes. Diamondback is far better.
daibutsu is offline  
Old 01-22-09, 04:23 PM
  #15  
bigfred 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: NZ
Posts: 3,841

Bikes: More than 1, but, less than S-1

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
At 6'5" and 275lbs. I'm riding a Cannondale Caad 4, mostly Ultegra groupo, except 180mm DA cranks, 36 hole Mavic Open Pro rims laced 3X with straight 14ga spokes, Thompson post and stem, cinelli bars. Many miles on this ride without issues, only chain, sprocket and tire replacement.
__________________
Birth Certificate, Passport, Marriage License Driver's License and Residency Permit all say I'm a Fred. I guess there's no denying it.
bigfred is offline  
Old 01-22-09, 04:50 PM
  #16  
Wino Ryder
"Purgatory Central"
 
Wino Ryder's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: beautiful "Cypress Gardens" florida
Posts: 1,757
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Well I'm not 270 but I was close at 267 and 5' 10". Started off on a $35 yard sale Fuji road bike that was lugged steel with 27" wheels. The bike did me a good job considering I put 1600 miles on it in six months. Lost down to the 240's and in 2001 I bought a pristine Columbus SL framed Tommasini that was (and still is) the most beautiful bike I ever saw. I had to have it (sort of a gift to myself for riding the Fuji so hard) and though it cost me a lot, and was 10 years old when I bought it, Its been a fantastic bike the 14000 miles I put on it. The wheels on it were the old 'Open 4 CD' Mavics with 32 spokes and held up well until a few years ago. Replaced them with Ambrosio 'Excellence' rims and DT spokes on Record hubs. Have about 5000 miles on these rims and they've been great so far.

I also have a near mint Centurian road bike from '85 that rides great and carries my (now) 223 lbs very well. It has 36-spoke original 700c Araya rims that holds up good.
Wino Ryder is offline  
Old 01-22-09, 06:11 PM
  #17  
bamacrazy
Senior Member
 
bamacrazy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Mobile, Alabama
Posts: 201

Bikes: 05 Specialized Hardrock Pro, 87 Bianchi Axis

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
6' 345
I ride a 04 HardRock Pro and a 87 Bianchi Axis. I'm promising myself a CAAD 9 when
I lose 100 lbs.
bamacrazy is offline  
Old 01-22-09, 06:32 PM
  #18  
Greg_R
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 646

Bikes: Surly LHT set up for commuting

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
275lb, riding a Surly LHT + 25lbs work stuff since September (20 miles every work day). Everything has completely held up.... the wheels are still true and the chain and rings are in great condition. I have only had the cables adjusted (common for new bikes) + my typical maintenance (clean/lube). I pedal with a cadence over 90 so I am not mashing anything... this supposedly helps with durability.
Greg_R is offline  
Old 01-22-09, 08:00 PM
  #19  
WhiskeySmack
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 95
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Started in August, 6'3, 365# with a an 08 Trek Navigator 3.0. Thing is built like a tank and very comfortable. Mainly kept it to roads and paths. Dropped 75#, and a week ago I bought an 08 Trek Madone 4.7. It feels awesome at 290#, but I'll have to let you know in 6 months on how it's held up. I'm not expecting issues from the research I've done.

Late in the year, I'm going to sell the Navigator and get a mountain bike. Prior to starting in August, I hadn't ridden a bike in 20 years.

Best of luck.
WhiskeySmack is offline  
Old 01-22-09, 08:37 PM
  #20  
Arvadaman
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 329
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 19 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Lots of old steel. I am 290 lbs. I ride a 1991 Bridgestone MB-6, 1991 Raleigh Royale, 1995 Trek 850 Mountain Track XC, and 1996 Trek 850 Mountain Track. I ride street and mostly MUP's and have not been very hard on them.
Arvadaman is offline  
Old 01-22-09, 11:02 PM
  #21  
Buck Naked
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Longwood, FL
Posts: 26

Bikes: Giant Sedona, Giant FCR

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
6'2 290 Giant Fcr 3
Buck Naked is offline  
Old 01-22-09, 11:32 PM
  #22  
CliftonGK1
Senior Member
 
CliftonGK1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Columbus, OH
Posts: 11,375

Bikes: '08 Surly Cross-Check, 2011 Redline Conquest Pro, 2012 Spesh FSR Comp EVO, 2015 Trek Domane 6.2 disc

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 3 Posts
255 pounds and I routinely ride with 20+ pounds of groceries, so I hope that counts.

My regular ride is a Cross Check complete with gearing modifications: 34t inner ring, 11-32t cassette.
I just finished an '88 Trek 400 converted to a singlespeed with 105sc parts from a '91 Series-5 PDG.
I'm working on an '87 Schwinn Woodlands converted to a utility/street bike.
CliftonGK1 is offline  
Old 01-23-09, 12:24 AM
  #23  
munski1968
Senior Member
 
munski1968's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 125
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I own a 2007 Fuji Crosstown 2.0. Love it. Was 422 lbs. back in May. After Gastric Bypass surgery, and commuting 7 miles each way to work, Im down to 315 lbs. I just swapped out the 700 X 35 tires for thinner 28c's. I joined a riding club a few weeks ago, and have been on a few 20 mi. C/D rides already. After I get down to close to goal weight (and am able to afford it), Ill think about a "true" road bike. For now, I love my bike.
munski1968 is offline  
Old 01-23-09, 03:24 AM
  #24  
Godzilla33
Pain Don't Hurt
 
Godzilla33's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Just outside of Portland Oregon
Posts: 10

Bikes: 2007 Specalized Rockhopper 29er

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I'm 6'2 480 (eekkk I know) I ride an 08 Specialized Rockhopper disc 29er. This thing is super light for a mountian bile and so far the only thing I would change would be going over to a rigid fork (I don't need/want the suspension) other than that its been an excellent ride so far. now I just have lose what I gained while I was off with injures.
Godzilla33 is offline  
Old 01-23-09, 04:53 AM
  #25  
Zoxe
Senior Member
 
Zoxe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Indianapolis!
Posts: 487

Bikes: Giant Cypress DX, Bianchi Imola, Surly Cross Check 105, Twin6 Standard TI FSU

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
Liked 23 Times in 14 Posts
I started at 283 on a Giant Cypress last July. Had trouble with spoke tension but was eventually fixed by the shop who sold me the bike. I split the stock rear tire after ~350mi and replaced with a Specialized Armadillo. No problems since (knock on wood).
Zoxe is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.