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 06-23-12, 10:10 AM
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Hey everybody just wanted to tell you how great it is to see a forum like this. I am 6'1 about 320# and i just last week got up the nerve to walk in a bike shop. The first shop didnt seem to eager to help me but the second omne was great. Im going back next weel to test ride some bikes. Its just great to know im not the only big guy on a bicycle.
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. . .The first shop didnt seem to eager to help me but the second omne was great. Im going back next weel to test ride some bikes. . .
You will notice this about bike shops. There are some that are run by people who look down their noses at non-jocks. In my experience, those are a minority. Most are run by people who are good enough business people to treat everyone with respect.
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If I ran a shop, I would really pay attention to those you might need the help the most (in my case, it would be the bigger folks like myself). There is a smaller amount of fit riders and such but a larger amount of bigger folks who want to get into cycling. Plus they could become life long customers as well and it is cool to see them through their journey.

Example, the bike shop that is next to my house. They have been so nice to me even though both my bikes came from a different shop up north (because they did not carry Giant Bikes). They have done so much for me and I continue to support them with pretty much all of my bike needs. Great shop!
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