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Old 03-14-21, 03:29 PM
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Bike for big guy seeking recommendations

Im 66 360lb guy. I lift weights and workout, so its not a big round guy asking, more linebacker type. I need to purchase a bike preferably under $2k. Using it on asphalt and dirt roads. Mainly for exercise and pulling a grandchild in her bike caboose. I dont really care what bike I get, just so long as it holds up. Id greatly appreciate any and all advice as to what youd recommend. Thank you!
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Old 03-14-21, 04:01 PM
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Im 66 360lb guy. I lift weights and workout, so its not a big round guy asking, more linebacker type. I need to purchase a bike preferably under $2k. Using it on asphalt and dirt roads. Mainly for exercise and pulling a grandchild in her bike caboose. I dont really care what bike I get, just so long as it holds up. Id greatly appreciate any and all advice as to what youd recommend. Thank you!
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Look into clydesdale or KHS flyte 747
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Old 03-14-21, 04:06 PM
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I'd suggest you go to the shops and see what's actually available. Bike supply is limited now, no point in deciding on something you can't get until 2022.
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The KHS 747 thats been recommended isnt a great bike for dirt roads or pulling a trailer. Its a fine bike. I have one and love it, but its a road bike designed for long legged riders and has a pretty low weight limit.

KHS does make a 29er mountain bike called the BNT. as in Big N Tall. Hard tail with a front suspension. I believe it only comes in two sizes.

XXL and XXXL.
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Old 03-14-21, 04:45 PM
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Here you go. And Zinn has them in stock and theyll ship it to you.

https://zinncycles.com/product/khs-b...mountain-bike/
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It's not perfect but it may be built to handle your load.......
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Might want to check around in here.

https://www.bikeforums.net/clydesdal...-200-lb-91-kg/

Your biggest issue is going to be wheels. Plan on replacing them sooner rather than later with some handbuilt, properly tensioned, high quality heavy duty ones.
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Old 03-15-21, 09:55 AM
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Are you more comfortable with drop bars or a flat bar? I think that would be the starting point for our suggestions.

And where are you located?
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Surly Disc Trucker comes in a size 64cm.
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Old 03-15-21, 10:47 AM
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I am a little shorter than you (about 6'5") and I find it difficult to get comfortable on most brands 'XL' bikes, if they even offer one in that size. If getting a mountin or hybrid style bike, you should get at least a 22" or larger frame... look for models in XXL size.

Same goes for road bikes (bikes with 'drop' handlebars) - look for something that comes in a XXL size... in traditionally sized bikes you need a 63 or 64cm at least. Modern bikes with sloping top tubes don't often have size numbers that large - an XXL is more likely measured as 60cm or even 58cm.

As a bigger stronger type person, you also need a robust drivetrain, but pretty much anything in your price range will be sufficient. It's lower cost bikes (<$500) where you might have an outdated 'freewheel' rear hub that will have a bent axle and dissolved bearing surfaces after less than a season of use.

A bike that can take on gravel, carry a heavier rider, and tow a trailer, I would look at a Surly 'Disc Trucker', which is made in 64cm size. I think they also have flat-bar models that might fit.

ANyhoo, the primary thing you need to look for is fit - not every manufacturer makes a bike big enough for you to be comfortable. Don't think that just because one maker calls their bike an XXL or because it's the largest one you can find that it will fit - bigger bikes are out there, but you might have to do some searching.
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Are you more comfortable with drop bars or a flat bar? I think that would be the starting point for our suggestions.

And where are you located?
FLAT bars. Caledonia, MI
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Old 03-17-21, 07:24 PM
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Originally Posted by ClydeClydeson View Post
I am a little shorter than you (about 6'5") and I find it difficult to get comfortable on most brands 'XL' bikes, if they even offer one in that size. If getting a mountin or hybrid style bike, you should get at least a 22" or larger frame... look for models in XXL size.

Same goes for road bikes (bikes with 'drop' handlebars) - look for something that comes in a XXL size... in traditionally sized bikes you need a 63 or 64cm at least. Modern bikes with sloping top tubes don't often have size numbers that large - an XXL is more likely measured as 60cm or even 58cm.

As a bigger stronger type person, you also need a robust drivetrain, but pretty much anything in your price range will be sufficient. It's lower cost bikes (<$500) where you might have an outdated 'freewheel' rear hub that will have a bent axle and dissolved bearing surfaces after less than a season of use.

A bike that can take on gravel, carry a heavier rider, and tow a trailer, I would look at a Surly 'Disc Trucker', which is made in 64cm size. I think they also have flat-bar models that might fit.

ANyhoo, the primary thing you need to look for is fit - not every manufacturer makes a bike big enough for you to be comfortable. Don't think that just because one maker calls their bike an XXL or because it's the largest one you can find that it will fit - bigger bikes are out there, but you might have to do some searching.
I was considering maybe a fat tire bike if need be. I appreciate your detailed advice.
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Old 03-18-21, 11:58 AM
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THe modern 'fat bike' style (~5" wide tires) is not really a good choice for general riding - they are designed for riding on soft or very rough surfaces and are not ideal for road or path use (although technically you can go anywhere, this is like buying an H1 Hummer as a commuter car) . They might also be difficult to find one in a size appropriate for you.

A good quality hardtail mountain bike will roll better (meaning you'll be more encouraged to go out riding) and will also be tough as nails. Look for a very large frame with 29" wheels.
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Old 03-18-21, 12:19 PM
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Originally Posted by ClydeClydeson View Post
THe modern 'fat bike' style (~5" wide tires) is not really a good choice for general riding - they are designed for riding on soft or very rough surfaces and are not ideal for road or path use (although technically you can go anywhere, this is like buying an H1 Hummer as a commuter car) . They might also be difficult to find one in a size appropriate for you.

A good quality hardtail mountain bike will roll better (meaning you'll be more encouraged to go out riding) and will also be tough as nails. Look for a very large frame with 29" wheels.
I have a mountain bike already, but the tires popped first time I got on it, which was scary. Is it possible to just buy a couple of rims that are stronger and some beefy tires to go with it?
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Old 03-18-21, 12:28 PM
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I can't imagine how that happened - people much larger than you can safely ride any bike, except maybe the most lightweight or fragile racing bike designed for people half our size, and even those you can get on and ride around carefully without things spontaneously exploding. I was up close to 300# in the past and regularly rode a road racing bike with 23mm wide tires. I remember one time I rode to the pet food store and came back home with 40# of dog food on my back, and the lightweight racing bike with narrow tires remained unscathed.

I eventually found I liked slightly wider tires (like 32 or 35mm) but none of those narrow tires was ever damaged simply from me sitting on the bike.

If both your tires 'popped' when you got on then something else was wrong. And if you don't figure out what went wrong with those tires, it's likely to happen again.

It can't hurt to upgrade your tires or wheels, although the wheel mounting standards and spacings are changing so (if you have a bike that is a few years old) the longer you wait the less options you will have.
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Old 03-18-21, 12:35 PM
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Keep in mind that fat bikes and mtb style bikes tend to have a longer top tube and reach than something like a road bike. This is essentially what differentiates it from something like a road bike. In reality it's just compensation for the difference between road and singletrack style riding. Mountain bikes encourage a different sort of position designed to be more stretched out and weigh the front axle as needed in rougher terrain. It's obviously not idea for road or even basic gravel use.

As for heavy riders, paat 220lb, it becomes much easier to bend axles, wheels etc. If you ride on smooth terrain, not a problem. If you fit well on your bike and know how to balance your weight properly, also not a problem.
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Old 03-18-21, 12:42 PM
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I can't imagine how that happened - people much larger than you can safely ride any bike, except maybe the most lightweight or fragile racing bike designed for people half our size, and even those you can get on and ride around carefully without things spontaneously exploding. I was up close to 300# in the past and regularly rode a road racing bike with 23mm wide tires. I remember one time I rode to the pet food store and came back home with 40# of dog food on my back, and the lightweight racing bike with narrow tires remained unscathed.

I eventually found I liked slightly wider tires (like 32 or 35mm) but none of those narrow tires was ever damaged simply from me sitting on the bike.

If both your tires 'popped' when you got on then something else was wrong. And if you don't figure out what went wrong with those tires, it's likely to happen again.

It can't hurt to upgrade your tires or wheels, although the wheel mounting standards and spacings are changing so (if you have a bike that is a few years old) the longer you wait the less options you will have.
Most bike shops around me are still closed due to Covid. So, Ill need to order online. If I specified what wheels were on the bike now, would that help others like yourself to suggest some good viable upgrades?
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Old 03-18-21, 12:57 PM
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Yes. What wheels and tires do you have now?
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Old 03-21-21, 06:53 PM
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Types of wheels I have.

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Yes. What wheels and tires do you have now?


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The Schwinn Phocus 1600 Men’s Road Bike is recommended for large men.
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This has served my 300#, 6'5" self well and is in GREAT shape.

https://reno.craigslist.org/bik/d/ga...281423305.html
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Old 03-26-21, 12:19 PM
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When I started riding again in March, at 64 1/3 years old and 310 lbs, I quickly discarded my old bike and after looking around. I bought a Trek Verge low-step through (hip problems). I bought the Verve 3, my wife bought the Verve 1 or 2. (These are NON electric.) There are lots of great things about it, but one is that it handled my weight and size with no problem. Now I'm down to 214 and up to 65 years old, it's still a great bike. It's rated for my weight, it's very stable, it will roll over damn near anything, and it's big enough that I'm not cramped into a little frame designed for the Greg Lemonds of the world. (Nothing against GL or skinny little people.)

It's "heavy." But when you figure it as a percentage of your weight? Pfffffffft.
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I thought we weren't supposed to post ads. Hmmmm. If it's OK to do so, I'll post my Bike Friday.
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