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Old 02-18-09, 12:24 PM
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how about a hevy duty Worksman. Save the big bucks to reward yourself after you lose the weight.



https://www.google.com/url?sa=U&start...oxqYU0s7rXC-qg

P.S. I should read the other replies before I post, now I see several others have suggested Worksman.

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Old 02-18-09, 12:35 PM
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Originally Posted by PlatyPius
Call Surly and ask them about the weight limit on a Pugsly. Considering the fact that it essentially uses motorcycles tires, I think you might be good there.
I was starting to read through this thread, and the Pugsley was what came to my mind as well. You can read more about it at: https://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/s...ley/index.html

The frame is under $600. You then need to add wheels, etc. A complete bike would be around $2K. Now cheap, but it is one beest of a bike. With the nearly 4" wide endomorph tires, you can get a nice smooth ride without the need for any suspension. As a side note, this bike is pretty much the one that is used by cyclists that ride in various Winter events in Alaska. This bike can take extream weather and extream punishment of serious off-road racing.

Good luck with your endevour and happy riding,
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Spend the money and get a bike you'll be happy with.

I don't know if you follow the "Large Fellow on a Bike" blog, but he started out at over 500lbs, and got Bob Brown to build him a custom bike for his weight.

He's now down to 180 something, so it can be done.

Getting the right tool is important, and probably worth spending the extra money, unless you just want to risk it, buy an old non-suspension MTB with 48 spoke wheels, and hope for the best.

(Aside from a good wheelset, you'll also want to baby the derailers (shift before the hills, don't mash the pedals when shifting, etc.), as you'll be generating a lot more torque than most folks.

Seriously though, spend the cash to buy a bike you'll be happy with and comfortable on, whatever it is. Dealing with traffic is scary enough as it is, without having to wonder if anything's going to fail underneath you.
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Its worth a shot to contact curtlo cycles.

www.curtlo.com

they (or i should say he) makes custom steel frames. Inquire about the ADVANCED MOUNTAINEER 26" / 29er You can get a complete custom bike for as little as $905. I am sure since he works with steel he can probably fab you something out of some heavy duty thick walled steel. I would guess he is your best bet.
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Hello there, I know this is an old post, maybe you got your answer, maybe you didn't.

My bike is a Kona Hoss. It's made for extreme mountain biking so it can take a beating.
I removed the shock fork for a solid one
had pedal put on instead of clips
replaced the seat with a gel Veebee

It's not a good bike for this kind of stuff though cause the riding position is low, it puts all my weight on my arms.

Frames are incredibly strong provided they are welded right. If you put a bike frame in an aircraft design it could support tremendous forces (weights). The weak link is going to be the spokes. Even at 400lbs I would pop spokes about once a month on my Schwynn.

My advice is to get something COMFORTABLE above everything else. Don't make the mistake I did because if you don't feel good riding it, it becomes a coatrack.

You will want something with an upright riding posture like a citybike. I found my biggest problem was holding myself up by the handlebars like in a half pushup. Put your weight on the seat where it belongs not on your arms.

You may want to get shortened cranks for the pedals. It will require more tractive force to pedal that way, but your legs won't have to move as far so you won't be punching yourself in the belly with your knees, or be sitting so high up you need a ladder to get on.

The seat will hurt. Regardless of what you get, you're putting the weight of a Harley Davidson on something the size of a book. Good news is that your ass is tough and that pain will go away with a little time. Get something like a Gelbee so it is more kind to your pelvic bones.

The purpose built heavy weight bicycles you mention are kind of a rip off. Some of them look like a Walmart bike with bigger tires. Also, steel weighs a ton, believe me you don't want to add weight to your ride.

If you have problems with spokes breaking ask your bike shop about wheelchair spokes. They are much stronger than bike spokes and you would be surprised how resilient they are.

If I could do it over I would have bought an upright city bike, you know like a cruiser type. It's unfortunate that the strongest frames are for the most extreme riding like mountain descents, so you will only find purpose built bikes like the Kona Hoss that will be strong, but not good street bikes.

I enjoy my wifes $99 Schwyn.

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As noted, the major stress happens if you hit a bump, esp at low speed. A sudden "impusle" of load may take the bike over its safe limit and start breaking things.
You may not have the agility to lift yourself off the saddle when you feel a large bump about to happen so I would advise some sort of suspension. The most reliable is a sprung saddle. Brooks make some incredibly strong sprung saddles that will protect the bike from peak stresses.

I think you are best off with the MTB wheel size. For the same spoke count, they are stronger than larger wheels and you can use a wide tyre to provide more cushioning against peak stress.

The Kona Hoss may be available used.
You can also get very tough hard-tail MTBs (ie front suspension) designed for aggressive jump/downhill use. This should be strong enough. Kona do the Five-0 and the Steely.
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Old 09-29-10, 08:36 AM
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I have hopped curbs on the Kona Hoss no problem, even the speedbumps when I first started riding. If he sticks to the road a normal bike will be fine with a few modifications. Good advice on wheels, it's the weakest link. Seat suspension is also good for larger people over rock shocks and softails.
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Originally Posted by The Historian
For another opinion, you might want to look into buying an old steel touring bike such as a Trek 520 and upgrade components. Scott Culshall in Minneapolis dropped from 500 pounds to 200 by riding such a bike:

https://www.startribune.com/lifestyle...tml?page=1&c=y
Looking at that article -- and at a piece in Bicycling magazine about Scott -- he started on a custom bike, made by Bob Brown of Bob Brown Cycles LLC, in Minneapolis. Yes, it was a steel touring-style bike; but I'm not sure that you could get the same effect by starting with a Trek and upgrading. (Not sure that you can't, either.)
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i suspect the op is long gone. His blog isn't a blog now it's just a link to his facebook page. He had this thread and another thread about him trying to get on biggest loser and that was it.
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i suspect the op is long gone. His blog isn't a blog now it's just a link to his facebook page. He had this thread and another thread about him trying to get on biggest loser and that was it.
I suspected as much. His motivation wasn't self-change as much as narcissism. He wanted to go on a TV show to change his life? Most of us change our direction by putting one foot in front of the other, not getting flown to Hollywood.
 
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actually guys.. i just never logged back into this site as there was no immediate knowledge to help with my situation. Most of the information led to a dead end, or a setup that wouldnt work. Believe me i called around and was laughed at most the time by just about every bike shop or builder. I have lost about 300lbs and now have a bike from www.supersizedcycles.com.

Glad to see the historian has everyone figured out though.

Here is the bike
https://www.supersizedcycles.com/prod...utybicycle.htm

I did get a new seat and grips as the ones that came with it kinda blew... That only ran me about $127 additonal at a local shop. And to the people who took this post and tried to add value to it even though it was an extremely aged post... thank you very much for your help and willingness to bump such a thread. I wouldnt have noticed but i was looking for an email in my spam folder. By the way, the new seat and grips made me fall right back in love with the bike. So it hasnt made it to coat rack status.

Thanks Gentlemen, and if anyone in DFW wants to ride... let me know.

Yours Truly,
The guy with no motivation...

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Originally Posted by theungeek
Here is the bike
https://www.supersizedcycles.com/prod...utybicycle.htm

I did get a new seat and grips as the ones that came with it kinda blew...

Care to post a pic of the bike? We'd love to see it!
And if I'm reading the dates on the posts correctly -- it sounds like you dropped 300 pounds in a year and a half? Wow! and Congratulations!
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Congrats on the weight loss!

Keep it up, you'll be "merely" a "clyde" soon enough!
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i will post pics here shortly since there is actually interest. I actually went on my longest ride yet today guys... 20 miles.
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You are an insipiration!

Hey Ungeek, Excellent Work! Three hundred pounds--that is simply awesome! It is such an inspiration for people to see this kind of transformation!

I'd love to talk with you about this, maybe highlight your journey on my site? (www.SuperSizedCycles.com) But only if you're comfortable with it. Even if you don't want any recognition, specific feedback on the seat and grips would be really helpful for me to make adjustments to get it right. Please give me a call or send me a note at joan@supersizedcyles.com.

Woo Hoo!!!!
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Congratulations to the OP on his weight loss. I'm glad to read he didn't end up as his posts implied he would.
 
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Congrats on getting 300lbs down!
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pics of the bike.. sorry for the delay

Thank you everyone for the congrats... its a long road and im still not done. I added two waters bottles, a case for my phone behind the seat. Which by the way, get some bluetooth motorola stereo headphones and ride away, helps a lot. Also different handle bar grips...
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Thank you everyone for the congrats... its a long road and im still not done.
You still have seven miles to go. :-) Congratulations again.

Do you have before and current photos? The forum has a thread filled with such transformations as you are undergoing.
 
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I started this project at 335 pounds on an alley-find frankenbuild Specialized Allez Comp. 105 pound later, I have a plethora of bikes from which to choose. They are all suitable. I would say that most any steel frame would be suitable, and cranksets are all of 'em just hell-for-stout (except some of the carbon oones). Your most likely point of failure will be your wheels. Start thinking, maybe, about a decent single-speed like the Kona Paddy Wagon or the Surly 1x1 or Steamroller, and put that extra ching toward a really well-built set of wheels. Sealed-cartridge hubs of some sort (they're all pretty good, really) and a rim like the Salsa Delgado Cross or the Velocity Dyad. Pay for a handbuilt wheel, and pay to have them re-tensioned after 100 miles or so. It's totally worth it.

And then ride the bike. Ride it until your lungs are filled with acid, your thighs are going to explode from the skin, and your heart is going to hammer its way right out of your ribcage. Then ride some more.

Actually, ride until your skin just starts to prickle from the sweating. Maintain that level of output as long as you can, which is FAR longer than you will be comfortable with. Calorie burn directly translates to producing heat; be a little overheated most of the time on the bike and you won't be too far wrong. You've got about a million Calories to burn (sorry, but it's true) to hit your ultimate goal. You've done an incredibly courageous thing, coming out to a bunch of strangers with the details of your physical condition. You have the courage to endure the suffering that will put you back in 38-waist Levis.


And the suffering will come. Rest assured, it will come. Learn to make your peace with it.
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