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Old 11-14-17, 04:10 PM   #51
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I was out at InterBike in September and saw (and test-rode) this bike: Corratec LIFEBIKE. It is electrically-assisted and rated for riders up to 400 pounds (IIRC). The rep told me the bike was designed by a doctor for people with medical issues like obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular issues and other physical limitations. The motor does not do all the work, but can be adjusted for the amount of "boost". It was a comfortable ride, and easy to get on and off of. It might be expensive, but it may be worth considering.
https://electricbikereview.com/corratec/lifebike/#/

Also, it would not hurt to run this biking plan past the physician. He or she might be well-acquainted with the OP's medical issues, but may not have considered this type of physical activity. There *are* doctors with expertise in this area.
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I doubt anything but a cargo bike like a Surly Big Dummy would hold up.
Next best option is a heavy Dutch 3 speed XL with double tubes.
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How about an Ice cream truck? Fat bike wheels are pretty indestructible especially something like the ICT's Clown shoes laced to 197mm hubs. Stay away from any suspension as it won't be up to the task.

Plus fat bikes are awesome. You won't look like a dork on an adult tricycle or somebody's grandma on a hybrid.
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I don't see anything on how much the OP can afford. So I'm not going to give advice on specific bikes.

I like many others on the Clydesdale site have lost a lot of weight, but I did not initially lose my weight due to cycling. My goal was to be able to cycle, but at my worst at nearly 540 lbs, I was not going to even try until I lost a certain amount of weight. I used LoseIt.com to track what I was eating and to gradually lower my food intake and to eat better. I also walked as much as I could handle and gradually increased my walking.

This journey of losing weight for those whom are super obese, is not easy, but eating healthier and gradually increasing excercise will be a huge help in living.

I find it amazing on how much I could not do when I had used to weigh so much. I'm betting you would be amazed as well after a few years on what you will be able to do as well that you cannot now.

Good Luck and check out the Clydesdale forums. Check out some of our before and after pictures. Losing the weight is possible, so don't let it overwhelm you.
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I would recommend a well-built cruiser bike with a wide seat. You could pick one up cheap and then upgrade to a mountain bike or upright hybrid once you take off some weight. I'm impressed that you want to undertake this endeavor!
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I just wanted to tell you that I ride the MUP daily and last year I saw this VERY heavy guy huffing and puffing along on a bike. He was wearing a t shirt that could have fit 2 football players. And he was struggling to go 5mph. I've seen him out there every day since, he never misses a day, and now he rides faster and farther. And now he wears a regular cycling jacket. He's about half the size he was when he first started. He has inspired me with his determination and dedication and pure guts. You can do it, too.
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Old 11-15-17, 03:42 AM   #57
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I hope he comes back and lets us know what bike he chose or shares his plans.
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I highly recommend talking with Co-Motion they are super super nice and they make some excellent bikes and since they got their start doing tandems and touring bikes they can probably help with something for you or find something they make that would work. Seven also made a bike for a 500+ pound dude (I will list him below) and there are plenty of other custom builders who would I am sure love to help out and build something for you. Most bikes from shops won't really handle much over 300 most likely and the really cheap stuff that people sometimes or frequently suggest won't hold up well.

I would recommend a hand built set of wheels probably with 36-40 holes good stout hubs like White Industries XMR or DT Swiss 540s (available in 135mm spacing) really durable rims like Velocity Atlas or NoBS and certainly 26" would be a good wheel size (the shorter the spoke length the stronger the wheel generally) and good heavy duty spokes like Sapim Strong or DT Alpine III. Get a good wheel builder with lots of experience to build them for you a lot of times the really top builders will warranty their work.

I would also suggest good hydraulic disc brakes for better braking performance especially with heavier weight. Shimano, Magura and TRP make some excellent hydraulic disc brakes and ones meant for downhill riding (DH) will generally have 4 pistons and would be ideal for your situation. Other stuff made for downhill MTB would also be a good recommendation as that stuff is designed to take abuse which might snap lesser components. Also stuff that is good for e-bikes would also be recommended as they are designed for extra weight and torque going through them.

Certainly outboard cranks would make more sense in this case as square taper or ISIS/Octalink spindles can break more easily, Shimano Hollowtech II cranks are easy to find and of good quality but there are tons of others out there that would work

I will say you might break some parts here and there but don't be deterred at all by that. It can happen and especially since most bike parts aren't designed for clydes it is more likely to happen but good quality parts will help greatly.
Keep at it and never give up. Find local cyclists or group rides or talk to people at shops and see if you can find people to ride with. There might be some a holes out there but you might find some cool people who would love to help you out.
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Ernest Gagnon (he had a website but I don't remember it being updated recently but he does have one of those facebook things) He is a really awesome dude who donned a skinsuit at 575 pounds and hit up local cyclists and became friends and started racing cyclocross.

Also this was a neat story I read years ago. Bicycling magazine is garbage these days and almost unreadable but this story was excellent.
https://www.bicycling.com/food/i-los...ds-riding-bike

Good luck and I really hope you get healthier through this. After losing my mom because she was morbidly obese (blood clot in the lung) and didn't do anything to exercise, I always am happy to see people who want to get better. It is tough but cycling is awesome and is a great way to get healthier not just physically but also mentally.

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Gareth - Big props for your decision to get riding and your courage to ask for guidance. Ditto to all who suggested asking in the Clydesdales forum.

A friend went through a similar weight journey (except she waited until she was retired to take action) and got an Electra Townie - it is solid, comfortable and smooth. It's a really well-thought out design that makes riding very accessible and will work for someone your height and weight. It could be your starter bike, or it could end up being the one you stick with. Either is perfect. Check them out: Townie | Electra Bikes
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Gareth,

I totally support your desire to get into some better shape.

HOWEVER, a person of your build will encounter some major difficulties in making cycling a part of your weight-loss regimen... I feel that I can speak about this since my wife (5'4" and 370 lbs) has also run into this issue... Her belly gets in the way of 'proper' leg motion, both on a regular exercise bike and a recumbent exercise bike . She must angle her knees outward that puts an unnatural strain on the knee joints.

Don't discount the benefits of walking on a treadmill. Or if your knees are already painful, try water aerobics.
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Hopefully OP hits up the salad bar rather than all you can eat buffets along with the shiny new bike.

Here's a bit of real talk. NINETY FIVE PERCENT of people who successfully lose weight gain ALL of their original weight back, or wind up HEAVIER than before they started their diet!


OP has the smell of "New Year's Resolution" all over it.

"Go on a diet" or "lose weight" or "must join gym" is the mantra for the majority of NYE resolvers, with the holidays right around the corners. Looks like OP is getting a little head start.
How about we help him with what he asked for rather than discouraging him please.
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How about we help him with what he asked for rather than discouraging him please.
+100

I'm sure the OP has heard all the bad news and statistics, and doesn't need to hear it from us.

BUT

Some, in fact many people do succeed in similar situations, so let's try to help the OP join that select minority, instead of helping him to prepare for or accept failure before it happens.
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take the diet slow and steady. It takes a while to lose the addiction/taste to sugar and carbs. Diet sweetners can make you feel hungry.
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I had a coworker that rode 300 miles a week. He rode a lot of big hills. He commuted to work 50 miles a day. I am sure the look on my face was priceless when he told me he once weighed 325 pounds. And he's not that tall, maybe 5'9". I saw another coworker also start biking and he lost a whole lot of weight, too and turned into a very respectable biker. Coworker number three also over three hundred pounds. But I think he might have other health issues. He started biking, but did not take to biking (or it did not take to him) and the amount of biking did not drop the weight like the other two. He started out by "biking" with a set of pedals like these: https://target.scene7.com/is/image/T...t=70&fmt=pjpeg. He has lost some weight.

Another coworker was over 300 pounds when he broke his ankle. He stopped with the drinking and started walking and then hiking. He is down to about 220, hikes crazy number of miles and even though he still looks chunky, you would be a fool to think that his size makes him slow.

Some people have metabolic issues that contribute to larger body size.

Even if biking doesn't result in a lot of lost weight, it can help with fitness.

I hope the OP returns. There's some good advice here.

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Hey everyone want to say thanks to all the replies they have really help me think about what I need to do. I am going to buy a no suspension mountain bike, the one I am looking at buying is a Fatman bike. The tyres on the bike are massive. A mate who goes bikeing has said that these are the bike for me.

The location around stewetby lake is flat ground and around 5 plus miles. So that should be all ok for the getting started. Will be buying a second hand bike and doing all of the maintenance myself. I am a heavy guy but I work for a living and am a little active so should be ok to start on a bike with no problems.

I will put a link up to my blog once it’s up and running that would be good showing everyone how I am doing.

Sorry this reply was a little late. I posted three replay a week back but nothing seemed to be on the form.

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Sorry forgot to mention

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That's a great plan, Gareth!! Looking forward to seeing your progress!
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Hey everyone want to say thanks to all the replies they have really help me think about what I need to do. I am going to buy a no suspension mountain bike, the one I am looking at buying is a Fatman bike. The tyres on the bike are massive. A mate who goes bikeing has said that these are the bike for me.

The location around stewetby lake is flat ground and around 5 plus miles. So that should be all ok for the getting started. Will be buying a second hand bike and doing all of the maintenance myself. I am a heavy guy but I work for a living and am a little active so should be ok to start on a bike with no problems.

I will put a link up to my blog once it’s up and running that would be good showing everyone how I am doing.

Sorry this reply was a little late. I posted three replay a week back but nothing seemed to be on the form.

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Great to find another UK cyclist. You may find CycleStreets a useful tool for planning rides when you get a bit more adventurous, or bored with going round the lake.

Stewartby looks like a nice easy place to ride. Almost every direction from my house (Epsom Downs) is downhill, which is great until you want to come home again!

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Not sure if mentioned already, but brisk walks are good exercise also, with no equipment worries. So you can alternate them in with rides for variety. Adjust your pace & distace as desired.
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I for one am excited to see the blog. Anything to help me get motivated ....
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Hey everyone want to say thanks to all the replies they have really help me think about what I need to do. I am going to buy a no suspension mountain bike, the one I am looking at buying is a Fatman bike. The tyres on the bike are massive. A mate who goes bikeing has said that these are the bike for me.

The location around stewetby lake is flat ground and around 5 plus miles. So that should be all ok for the getting started. Will be buying a second hand bike and doing all of the maintenance myself. I am a heavy guy but I work for a living and am a little active so should be ok to start on a bike with no problems.

I will put a link up to my blog once it’s up and running that would be good showing everyone how I am doing.

Sorry this reply was a little late. I posted three replay a week back but nothing seemed to be on the form.

Kind Regards

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You mention its flat and that is great for when you are heavy. It just made me think about gearing. At any sort of hill you will need very low mtb like gears.
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