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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 10-04-12, 09:13 PM   #1
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need a new bike with these features

im 284 lbs and need a new bike. was thinking of a verve 4, but im thinking you guys know what lines of bike have an appropriate suspension for us larger guys. i carry our gear usually so add a 15 lb backpack and you've got yourself a need for adjustable suspension that can be dialed in for my weight. i need at least 24 speeds, i prefer a lockout, as with our weight pumping up and down i assume we lose a good bit of energy into suspension travel. can you guys recommend me a bike, or should i just get a decent bike like the verve 3, and invest in a nicer front fork (if you can even do that). please, point me in the right direction. so far been thinking about trek verves line, or cannondale adventure series, so basicly a comfort hybrid, but im not married to any brand yet, although it would be nice to buy from my local bike shop, and these two i can.
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I'm assuming you only ride on the street or paths. No dirt. If so, I would pass on the suspension. My wife just upgraded from a Trek Navigator 200 to a Cannondale Quick. I am NOT impressed with the new wheels, however, she LOVES the bike and is AMAZED at how much more comfortable she is and efficient the bike is. We opted for the carbon fork for a little more comfort. Good luck in your search!
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Hi Jason! At 284 your bicycle choices are pretty much limitless. 99% of most styles of bikes - road, mountain, fitness - can bear your weight with grace, without any special fork. I know that Trek and Giant both list 300 pounds as their weight limits on the vast majority of their machines, and a lot of people here on C/A are much heavier than 284 and ride stock machines. When I have been in your weight range, I had no problems with both suspended and non-suspended forks on bikes I've owned.
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If you like the MTB look and feel but your looking for a sportier ride look into doing a MTB Drop Bar Conversion with road tires, the the tires are still wider but much faster then nobbies. I just found a couple treads on doing this and I LOVE the look. A beefy looking bike that looks fast and when you add racks and gear it looks even better! And if your on any type of budget used , even higher end MTB are cheaper then road.
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I am curious. What's in that 15 lb. backpack?
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I'm at 350 pounds and ride a Cannondale CAAD 9 (Racing style bike)with stock wheels and have not had any problems from weight. just get what ever style you prefer and do not worry about the type of ride verses weight
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Get something you like and can be confortable on. And get it fitted.
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I would second the recommendation against suspension. I've got almost 100 pounds on you and I've been riding rigid bikes since 1995. I would recommend focusing on a frame that will take fatter tires instead. If you can get a bike that will take 40's or even 50's (mm tire width), you can get all the cushion you need by running them at lower pressure but still air them up to max for less rolling resistance.

I don't know what your riding style is but if it comes from an LBS, it's probably going to be a decent quality bike so just ride as many as possible, identify those that will meet your riding needs and buy the one you enjoy riding the most.
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a bit sidewise....if you are carrying the 15 lb pack all the time.....I would look to getting a rack/bag combo also. Much easier on the body than using a backpack on the bike. even one of the racks that attache to the seat post may work
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I was about your weight a year and a half ago. My Bianchi road bike supported me just fine.

And since someone mentioned drop bar MTB conversions, I'm one of the folks that did that to an older MTB. Has a lot of get up and go, but tougher than the road bike. Not as fast to accelerate, nor as nimble as the Bianchi, but I didn't expect it to handle like a racing machine.
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Originally Posted by jasonshybrid View Post
i need at least 24 speeds
just some nitpicking here but you should look at gearing in terms of range and not the number of speeds. I have an old 14 speed road bike that I slapped on a megarange freewheel. It has the gearing of a bike with many more gears. I am even thinking about swapping the 40t to 39t on the little chainring. basically number of gears means nothing. you sound like you want a triple up front, not some ridiculous 24 gears.
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