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Old 09-23-05, 01:42 PM
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Big guy looking for a bike made for a gorilla

Hi, I am totally new to cycling. I live in Indianapolis IN, and I'm looking for a bike that can hold up to my weight and size. I'm 6'2 and could hang out in a crowd of NFL lineman and look normal. I'm getting into biking for low impact cardio exercise. I have been looking at a the Giant Rainier and Kona Hoss and Hoss deluxe. If anyone has any info on shops, bikes, or anything else I would love the input.

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Old 09-23-05, 08:06 PM
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Old 09-23-05, 08:11 PM
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Welcome aboard..im a big guy to..do some searching on my threads..i just did a few of these myself.
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Old 09-23-05, 08:19 PM
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haha ok that is a gorilla that is great thanks for the laugh Will do looks like the hoss is well respected.. now to find a shop with a decent price thanks
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Old 09-23-05, 08:29 PM
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You're not too specific about your size, but I'm also 6'2" and I weighed about 240 when I started riding last year. I rode a steel frame Miyata touring bike from 1982 that was very solidly built. No problems.

I just bought an all carbon Trek about 6 weeks ago and it's holding up fine. Of course, I'm down to 199lbs now.

I think the real issues are wheels, they need to be strong. And riding style. Drop bar bikes are not friendly to large guts.

Go to your LBS. They'll have bikes for all types and desires.

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Old 09-23-05, 09:09 PM
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i'm 480. hate to say it.. just the way it is.. but i want to do something about it and this is going to be better on my knees and back i belive
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Any bike in that price range will hold your weight, but not any wheel. It may be worth spending extra monay when you buy the bike to get them to swap out the wheels. Sun Rhyno rims are built for heavy weights. G get the shop to check that the spokes are properly tensioned and stress relieved. After a couple of weeks riding take it back to the shop and make sure they redo the spokes. Have fun.
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Old 09-23-05, 09:20 PM
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im 230 pounds and I ride a OCR 2 with 700x25 Giant is a lot heavyer frame and can hold a lot more weight.
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Hey Bnax..........are you physical? or have you let yourself relax for a few years.....you said you were 6'2 480.......if you're used to riding then get to know your local bike shop(s) if not then start walking first......that is, if you're intention is to get fit....please don't take offence but if you're getting back into cycling to be fit then start small...........
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This is a popular bike amongst some people I know who are pretty large:

http://www.electrabike.com/04/bikes/...wnie_home.html

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You might want to check in over in the Training and Nutrition section. There's a permanent weight loss thread there, and a number of folks who started biking while very heavy.
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There a guy in the MTB forums that rides a Hoss, and he weighs 300 or 400lbs. Post over there, and he'll give you first-hand details. His username is a shortened version of Powered By TRD. Sun Rhynolites will support you, easily. The stock wheels on the Hoss may need to be rebuilt at some point, but that kind of weight is not a problem for a stout wheelset.
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Originally Posted by Emmet
im 230 pounds and I ride a OCR 2 with 700x25 Giant is a lot heavyer frame and can hold a lot more weight.
6'1" 230 here. I ride an OCR 3 and Fuji World. I don't know where this drop-bar - big gut thing comes from.

IMHO there are plenty frames that can support us larger folk with no problem, it's the components that you gotta watch - wheels, tires, BBs, cranks, pedals and brakes.
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Originally Posted by chipcom
6'1" 230 here. I ride an OCR 3 and Fuji World. I don't know where this drop-bar - big gut thing comes from.

IMHO there are plenty frames that can support us larger folk with no problem, it's the components that you gotta watch - wheels, tires, BBs, cranks, pedals and brakes.
He's an inch taller than you, but weighs twice as much. You're no longer considered "Larger folk". The Hoss is described as the "Guy and a half" bike.
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