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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Get a used bike and start riding.
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I agree with 10 Wheels. I would add to look at for a used MTB, because they tend to be cheaper. Try to avoid anything with shocks. The reason for used is it is cheaper to start. Ride a few bikes find what fits, then ride. After you have ridden your first 1,000 miles you will be in better shape, lost a few (or a bunch) of pounds, and have an idea of what type of riding and bike you want. You can then sell your used bike (if you dare part with it) and invest in a nicer bike that fits your needs and likes based on your own experience. At one time I bought a bike on CL for $20.00. It had steel wheels and was heavy, but it road nice and smooth. It held up to my 260 weight. It gave me a chance to ride and get it shape. I still have it and take it on short rides, but I have other bikes I prefer for the long rides now.
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Find a helpful bike shop. Get a lower end bike with double walled rims (maybe they have used ones), and make sure they check that the spoke tension is at its maximum.
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Originally Posted by colby2002
I know you all have probably been asked this about a million times but I'll ask again...
What bike should I get? Haha, if it were that simple to answer right?

So here are some basics about me... I'm 6' tall and weigh in at a wonderful 330lbs. I have finally gotten sick of being the big guy and have started to take the propper steps to get back into shape but as you all know its not easy to do it yourself. So I'm looking for some pointers on different things I should look for in a new bike as I havent gone bike riding in roughly 6 years so It'll be a little build up to doing a lot of riding. I don't want to invest a bunch of money into this first bike for multiple reasons, primary reason being I don't have a ton to invest.

Thanks in advance on any hints/tips/suggestions you might have.
Sure it's easy to do yourself, stop eating crap and start exercising.

Step 1, go see your doctor for a full checkup, tell him/her you plan on starting an exercise program, they will probably schedule some tests including an EKG. Ask the doctor for a referral to a nutritionist, who specializes in athletes.

Step 2, go see the nutritionist, I said one for athletes because they will not simply hand you a 900 calorie diet on a sheet and send you home. This is because as you start increasing distance your diet needs adjusting.

Step 3, start exercising.

Cycling is one of the perfect exercises, the other is swimming, it's low impact and any idiot can learn to do it. I would add my vote for the pre-enjoyed bike, stay away from anything with suspension, if your 130lbs it works well, if your 230lbs it works crappy, if your 330lbs it doesn't work at all. If you get a mountain bike, first thing to do, put on some slick tires, between 38mm (1.5") and 44mm (1.75") width , keep the knobby tires, you can use them later, if you decide to do some off road.

The key with any bike though is fit, a bike that does not fit, is not comfortable and you will not want to ride it. There are a bunch of web sites on measuring for fit, I like the one at -- it is a site though where you end up on their emailing list -- it will size for road and/or mountain bikes, some sites are road only. Mountain bikes are sized in inches and typically run 2-3" smaller then road bikes, which are sized in centimetres. Such sites ask you to do a bunch of measurements, plug those into a form and it gives you a size, this is a starting point. Although most are close enough that a bike that size will work, but will need some adjusting to dial it in perfectly.

Start small, some riders start with a single ride around the block, a bicycle computer can be helpful in that it gives you distance most will give you time and speed as well, forget speed, the only place that speed counts is your going faster then the couch in front of the idiot box. Speaking of the idiot box, throw it away, television rots your mind, and soaks up time you could be using for other things. like riding. Plan to add about 10% per week to your distance, this can be hard at first, but as you get more distance, this gets to be challenging.
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The bike you start with will probably look like this;

It might be called a hybrid, comfort bike or 29er. Be sure to look for 700c wheels, tires that are 700x35 or larger. Avoid suspension forks.

When I ride my bike I feel free and happy and strong. I'm liberated from the usual nonsense of day to day life. Solid, dependable, silent, my bike is my horse, my fighter jet, my island, my friend. Together we will conquer that hill and thereafter the world.

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