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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 02-26-11, 06:32 PM   #1
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Big guy bike buying advice

Well, first off I am very new to cycling. I am also 6'3 and about 255. My wife has recently took to cycling as a form of cross training, she was an all american swimmer in college. She rides a Trek 1500 discovery channel road bike. A friend of ours has let me ride his Trek 5.0 pilot a few times and I'm now hooked. I have been looking and trying to gather info on what kinda of bike a bigger guy like myself should buy. I have around $1200 to spend. The went to a bike shop near me and they said I should get a 61cm framed bike. They only had one bike in my size in stock and it was a fuji Roubaix 3.0. I have read some good reviews. I would like some input if that would be a good choice for me? Also, they can order in a Fuji Roubaix ACR 3.0 in my size for $1000. My other options are used bikes from craigslist. The used one I am leaning towards is a 2006 Trek 2200 ZR with a 60cm frame. Would that bike be a decent option for me? I am just starting out but I can see easily riding around 100 miles weekly for fitness, not commuting. I liked the way my friends trek 5.0 pilot rode and he said it was a "hybrid" with a more upright position. I have read that the Giant Defy bikes are the same "hybrid" riding position, would that be a decent choice? My biggest concern is something and can take the abuse of a bigger guy like myself. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-26-11, 06:53 PM   #2
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At 255, you just aren't that big, in the scale of these forums. We have riders here that started in the high 400 pound range. Any of the bikes you mentioned will be fine.

What's most important to you is fit of the bike. Just keep an eye on your wheels and make sure you have the spokes hand tensioned instead of machine built.
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The Fuji Roubaix 3.0 is one of the more commonly recommended entry level bikes in the road forum. I personally think the ACR is worth the upgrade - you get a 10 speed drive train which is more compatible if you want to upgrade in the future. Plus the wheels look cooler
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