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Old 07-27-11, 10:39 AM
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Intro and help

I'll go ahead and repost what I posted in the trade sticky:

I'm just going to put my intro post here, since I have a for trade at the end. My name's T.J. and I used to care very little about my health - I weighed 520lbs 23 months ago. I won't bore you with the emotional changes involved, but I had gastric bypass after losing 100lbs in 12 months. My GB was on 8/13/10, and I'm down to 235-245 from 428.5 on the date of surgery. I realize that GB was drastic, but it was a necessary decision in my case. I've been cycling off and on for about 5 months now - my grandparents bought me a Walmart tank to surprise me for all that I had accomplished at my 6 month "surgiversary."

So, I'm at an impasse: I've been tracking 2.2, 2.4, 2.5 miles everyday on my walmart mountain bike on uphill/downhill roads where I live everyday, and I'm really enjoying it. I'm looking to upgrade to some kind of an entry level road bike that will fit my support needs. I have some sound equipment for sale (JL audio stealth box and memphis amp from my Scion XB I sold ) that I would be willing to trade evenly for a bike. I've also thought about trying to find a guide and buying parts one at a time because that's so much more rewarding, but I'm not sure if I would stick with it if I did that and it took me six months. I just got married three weeks ago and biking has been my main destressor (we both went back to work almost immediately) since then.

Thanks for reading my long-winded post and I'd love to hear some people's thoughts on this. Like I said, I don't know very much about bikes or cycling (nothing at all, really - just what I've gleaned from my experience and reading here).

So, TL;DR: I don't know anything about bikes, I'm not rich, I weigh 245 (big shoulders/legs), and I'm somewhere between 5'11 and 6'.

This is for sale and reasonably close: https://louisville.craigslist.org/bik/2508302364.html

Thoughts on something like this for me?

Thanks,

T.J.
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Old 07-27-11, 10:48 AM
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Nice bike.

If you get it, have the wheels overhauled and the spoke tension adjusted.
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Old 07-27-11, 10:51 AM
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That looks like a nice bike to me, but I don't know it's value (hopefully someone else will chime in about that). I'm about your weight, but a few inches taller, and I've been riding a road bike since back when I weighed about 280. The only problem I could see is maybe having issues with the rear wheel due to your weight. The size should be just about spot on. I ride a 60cm frame, and I'm 3 inches taller than you. Good luck, and keep up the good work. And also, welcome to Bike Forums.
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Old 07-27-11, 11:24 AM
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
Nice bike.

If you get it, have the wheels overhauled and the spoke tension adjusted.
I'm not quite sure what having the wheels overhauled or adjusting the spoke tension entails. Would you mind indulging my curiousity before I make a purchase? I'm always for being educated about things.

Thanks so much for the information and help, guys. It would be great if someone could tell me how good that price is - by the looks of it, it's lower than similar eBay offerings, but I can't tell.
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Old 07-27-11, 11:27 AM
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He means to take the bike to a shop to make sure the wheel is true and that the spokes are tensioned evenly. Us bigger guys are tougher on wheels, and if you don't have enough spokes or they aren't tensioned correctly you'll run into problems with popping spokes or bending wheels. There are several threads on the first page alone about this, including one from me. I'm in the process of getting a stronger rear wheel.
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With heavy weight riders the wheels break spokes if they are not properly tensioned

https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...reaking-Spokes...
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Old 07-27-11, 11:43 AM
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Thanks guys. I got a reply from him. He says that he weighs about 280 and it has 32h mavic and works for him. I'm not sure what that means, but they seem good from what I can tell. I don't have much faith in my LBS, but I'll go have it checked out if I get it. Thanks again.

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Originally Posted by tjakins View Post
Thanks guys. I got a reply from him. He says that he weighs about 280 and it has 32h mavic and works for him. I'm not sure what that means, but they seem good from what I can tell. I don't have much faith in my LBS, but I'll go have it checked out if I get it. Thanks again.

T.J.
Mavic is the manufacturer of the rim, 32h refers to the number of spokes. Personally I ride 36h mavic open pro's and don't have a problem with them. I range between 235 - 250.

If you don't have much faith in your LBS, find another...especially when it comes to maintaining wheels.

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Old 07-27-11, 06:29 PM
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Anyone have a good idea if $400 is a good price for this bike?
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Originally Posted by tjakins View Post
Anyone have a good idea if $400 is a good price for this bike?
Neither good nor bad, I'd say. If it is in pretty much perfect condition, i don't think you'd be being robbed. You might try offering a bit less and see if there's room for negotiation?

As for your weight, you're no longer all that heavy. With a 32-spoke rear wheel, if it's in good shape you shouldn't have a problem.
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Old 07-28-11, 07:03 AM
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Originally Posted by chasm54 View Post
Neither good nor bad, I'd say. If it is in pretty much perfect condition, i don't think you'd be being robbed. You might try offering a bit less and see if there's room for negotiation?

As for your weight, you're no longer all that heavy. With a 32-spoke rear wheel, if it's in good shape you shouldn't have a problem.
Mentally, I'm still 520lbs. Thanks.
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Old 07-28-11, 09:45 AM
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I am not remotely qualified to recommend any equipment to you, but I do want to say congratulations on what you've done and are doing for yourself! I struggled with the changes I have made in my life and can't imagine the things you've been through with the surgery and such.
Keep going! and ride for YOU first!

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Old 07-28-11, 10:06 AM
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Originally Posted by dougclyde View Post
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I am not remotely qualified to recommend any equipment to you, but I do want to say congratulations on what you've done and are doing for yourself! I struggled with the changes I have made in my life and can't imagine the things you've been through with the surgery and such.
Keep going! and ride for YOU first!

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It's funny, but it took me getting that big to care anything about my life...by the time I weighed that much, I had lost all hope in myself. Those initial emotional changes I made were the hardest steps. I rest assured in the comfort that I'll never let myself slip so much again and that I've found my self worth.

I totally thought I would get flamed for my surgical approach to my problem. Wow. Thanks for making my day!
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tjakins: Welcome. We're not too big on flamers. Sharing in "The Journey" is what this forum is all about.
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Hey man, there's no shame in the surgical approach. Different strokes for different folks. If that's what it took for you to get the weight off then more power to ya! I can imagine that's a hard place to get out of mentally and a difficult decision to make, but it seems like it was the right one for you, seeing as how you're now less than half of your peak weight. Keep up the good work and don't let anyone judge you on the way you chose to save your life.
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"I've found my self worth. "

Quote of the year, my friend. You summed up my journey to this point and going forward. I am sure I am not alone in this.
Keep at it, do your best, and let us know your progress and milestones. In the short time I've been a member here I've gotten more inspiration to keep riding and smiling than I thought possible. And it feels great.
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I just wanted to thank everyone who posted here - I ended up with a Trek 7.3 FX instead of a road bike. I realized I'm not going to be doing anything that necessitates a road bike for a while. I bought my 7.3 FX thanks to these forums and a member named Waynesworld. Pretty great coincidence that he had one for sale.
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