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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 03-27-10, 10:29 PM   #1
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375 lb, What Bike and Wheelset?

getting a guy i know into cycling. hes about 350-375 and is doing well at losing weight.

helping him choose a bike...

im thinking of a Surly Cross Check...

what does the panel suggest?
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Old 03-27-10, 11:11 PM   #2
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hand built wheels
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I'm a big fan of one bike to get started and another bike as a reward after some pounds dropped, especially for a new biker when they'll be developing a better idea of biking likes/goals/dislikes/etc. I started out at 380 on a 2008 Specialized Hardrock, threw some big road tires on it (Schwalbe Big Apples) and had a great first year commuting and building up to a several centuries on it last year. Hardrock is cheap, durable, and has a nice comfortable upright riding position. Down to 245 now, treated myself to a new bike a few months ago.

If you search around the Clyde forum, you'll see a whole pile of threads of similar folks with a ridiculous number of recommendations for folks in similar sizes.
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If you like the cross chek and it is a comfortable fit, then it is a good choice.

For wheels, 32 or 36 spoke hand laced and tensioned wheels. And make sure to have the tension checked and adjusted after the first few hundred miles - if you want the wheels to last. Speak to different bike shops and clubs in your town and try to determine which shop is most comfortable building wheels. It's not brain science, but a shabbily built pair of wheels can be very frustrating and detract from the fun of riding. (more fun = more riding = more fitness improvement, IMHO)
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