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Can I Buy Off-the-Rack?

Old 09-22-12, 01:41 PM
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Can I Buy Off-the-Rack?

Hello. New forum member and yet-to-be bike rider here.

After reading a number of posts in this forum, I realize I'm a mega-Clyde and probably always will be. I'm 6'6" and currently 320. Haven't ridden in about 20 years, but would like to as a fun way to continue losing weight. I have been reading and looking at bikes, but am concerned that I might be beyond "fitable" on an off-the-shelf bike. I plan to wait until I get under 300 to get a bike and hope to get back to 250 or less. Will I ever be able to buy an off-the-shelf bike or will I have to go custom?

I Really like the 2013 Fuji Absolute 2.3. Looks like it has a lot of features that larger riders look for - 23" bike with 625 cm ett, 48/38/28 crankset w/14-34 cassette, 36 spoke wheels, 700 x 32c tires, 175 mm crank, etc. What do you think?

https://www.fujibikes.com/bike/details/absolute_23

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I'm 6'5" and have two off the shelf bikes, and none of them over a 60 cm. that being said if I were to go to a more rave oriented geometry, I would probably go 61 or 62 depending in the frame....but you can find bikes at your size...just don't expect to find them in the bike shop floor....everything above a 58 is pretty much a special order bike.
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As far as height goes, vesteroid is right - they won't be on the floor (except rarely) but can be ordered easily. As far as weight, I know Trek and Giant place a 300 pound weight limit on most of their stock bikes. However, a lot of Clydes on our forums ride stock models without problem, and many are heavier than your relatively svelt 320 I'm sure they'll be chiming in soon
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I was at the local Trek store two weeks ago and they told me the 1.1 frame was rated to 300 pounds, I'm sure Trek and many other manufacturers will be able to fit you for whatever you need.
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Absolutely, depending on your fit of course. You can start by getting something big and have it fitted to you. As you clock up the miles, your fit may change as you become more flexible or your riding preferences change and you get a new bike. As for your weight, pretty much any frame out there on the market will take your weight. The wheels are more often than not the weakest link and will likely fail to some extent before any other part does. Get out and ride and pay attention to your contact points. Seat and handlebars especially are infintely customisable to your taste and are easily transferred across to another bike if you upgrade.
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The Surly LHT comes in large sizes. I am 6' 2" and have a 60 cm, and it's a little on the large size, but I like it that way for what I use it for. I think they make 62 cm and 64 cm models. Similar gearing to the Fuji, strong 36 H wheels fitted with 37 c tires and at least 175 cranks. But it will set you back more than $400.
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Just goto your local bike shop. you can get a decent trek for $200-$300 (I was truly shocked how affordable they have become) and prepare to put about $100 into it.

here is what you will need. the treks will handle your height (I am 6'4" and I fit with a little room to spare and I am over 400 pounds so YES it will hold you just fine)

you SHOULD be ok with stock tires (I was not but I am over 100 pounds heavier than you)

ask the shop to extend the handle bars you will need new cabling too as its going to be too short for as much as you will need to raise the handle bars.

I had to put on two extensions AND those grab bar things before I was "vertical" enough to be comfortable.

but yes with just a little modification a very nice off the floor/shelf affordable bike is easily achieved.

if you want a road bike I have no idea :-)
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Originally Posted by Bigbandito
Hello. New forum member and yet-to-be bike rider here.

After reading a number of posts in this forum, I realize I'm a mega-Clyde and probably always will be. I'm 6'6" and currently 320. Haven't ridden in about 20 years, but would like to as a fun way to continue losing weight. I have been reading and looking at bikes, but am concerned that I might be beyond "fitable" on an off-the-shelf bike. I plan to wait until I get under 300 to get a bike and hope to get back to 250 or less. Will I ever be able to buy an off-the-shelf bike or will I have to go custom?

I Really like the 2013 Fuji Absolute 2.3. Looks like it has a lot of features that larger riders look for - 23" bike with 625 cm ett, 48/38/28 crankset w/14-34 cassette, 36 spoke wheels, 700 x 32c tires, 175 mm crank, etc. What do you think?

https://www.fujibikes.com/bike/details/absolute_23
I think if you like that bike, it's in your price range, get it.
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I think if you like that bike, it's in your price range, get it.
Amen! That bike should hold you now! And in a year or two and 20-30lbs and you're looking at road bikes you'll be ready
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The most important thing to do is go to your LBS and voice your concerns and wants. If they dissmiss you or dont give you the attention you deserve and locate another. I am 6'3 and weigh 280 and was able to get a Marin Larkspur, when i mentioned my fear of bending rims and weight limit he installed double wall rims for a marginal cost. Spend your hard earned money wisely.
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6'4'' and 255 dowmn from 330. I have had a 62 Cross Check and a 63 Soma San Marcos - the San Marcos is certainly too big for me and the CC was close to too big - so some chunky sturdy Clydeworthy steeds avail for you.

I also have custom steel Marinoni and a carbon 60cm Argon 18 that also work great.

Lots of choice before custom
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I'm 6'4" and 300 and do fine on 64. I even ride vintage with stock wheels and the wheels hold up well.
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