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Old 02-12-06, 10:29 PM
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Bikes for really fat guys - I broke my last one

I'm looking for a suggestion for a bike for someone who weighs 325 pounds.

I use to love to bike. My Schwinn Varsity and I were best friends. Since my divorce, I gained about 100 pounds. A while back, I started biking to work. Within a week, I had destroyed the "Walmart special" bike I bought to get started. I broke off the pedals and broke the neck while going off a curb.

I'm looking for a new bike that can
1. Support my weight without breaking
2. I need to jump off curbs and deal with deep potholes
3. I'd like to strap on some bags
4. Doesn't cost a lot
5. Is a pleasure to ride

Thanks for your help,

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Old 02-12-06, 10:32 PM
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Do a search. You should find lot's of imfo.
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Old 02-12-06, 10:42 PM
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check out Kona's line of bikes. They have a couple of models that are built for big guys (the cowan and the hoss i believe)


www.konaworld.com
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Old 02-12-06, 10:50 PM
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A bike that's strong enough for you and cheap probably isn't a combination that your going to find. A mtn bike built for downhill racing would be up to it but wouldn't be that cheap.

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My friend was riding his Kona Hoss off road when he was over 400lbs, it should definitely be enough to handle what you want to do with it.

You'd have to go with one of the seatpost racks for bag transport, though.
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Old 02-13-06, 09:37 AM
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Since I,too, am a "clydesdale" like you (375) I prefer Worksman
bikes. I also have 30 yrs of riding time on them. They are robust
bikes built to last and last.

Since they are heavy they will ride like a cloud taking all the abuse
you can dish out and not break. It's possible that Worksman may be
the last bike you ever need to buy. Worksman are also a bargain
when you consider what you get for each dollar spent.

Many here don't think much of Worksman due the weight of the bikes
but if all you want to do is get there and back EVERYDAY WITHOUT
FAIL the Worksman is the only game for us Clydesdale's in town.

Have look here to max out the value for dollar spent...........

http://worksmancycles.com/shopsite_s.../cruisers.html
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Old 02-13-06, 09:51 AM
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Co-Motion's got the Mazama, and the Kona Hoss is pretty good, but strong and cheap is going to be a tough combination, unless you really search for a quality used bike. Touring or mountain would be the best bet. If you really still want a Schwinn Varsity, (shudder,) I'm sure one can be had for cheap, either in the paper, Goodwill or Ebay.
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Old 02-13-06, 10:21 AM
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Originally Posted by jpalme2000
4. Doesn't cost a lot
your idea of "doesnt cost a lot" might be a lot different to someone elses. What price range are you thinking?
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Originally Posted by free_pizza
check out Kona's line of bikes. They have a couple of models that are built for big guys (the cowan and the hoss i believe) www.konaworld.com
+1 on this advice! I had a Kona Dew that was AWESOME (and I was 290+ at the time). I also liked Kona's "Smoke" and "Hoss" models. For my $$$, though, the Dew rules!
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Old 02-13-06, 11:15 AM
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Schwinn Varsity/Continental/Suburban, or any E-F frame Schwinn. Impossible to break and available at garage sales for $20.
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Any bike for about $300 from a bike shop, but get an upgrade on the rear wheel. Buy a spoke wrench and keep the spoke tension up and the wheel true. Go easy on the curb hopping and steps until you loose a bit of weight, and develop your technique.
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Originally Posted by AndrewP
Any bike for about $300 from a bike shop, but get an upgrade on the rear wheel. Buy a spoke wrench and keep the spoke tension up and the wheel true. Go easy on the curb hopping and steps until you loose a bit of weight, and develop your technique.
Don't know the US prices, but Go Rigid Mountain Bike, At that price any suspension front or rear will be rubbish. Certain Models for Clydesdales and one of the best is the Kona Hoss- Has front suspension but is set up for the heavier rider. Wheels will be your problem. Run them in for 50 miles and get a good wheelbuilder to retrue and tension. (Whatever Bike you get) They work wonders on the most rubbish wheel- but look at getting a pair built after 12 months- Don't have to be expensive or elaborate, but XT hubs, 36 spokes and a strong rim will last well. Oh and until you lose some weight or get experience- don't kerb hop or try any drops
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Originally Posted by stapfam
Don't know the US prices, but Go Rigid Mountain Bike, At that price any suspension front or rear will be rubbish. Certain Models for Clydesdales and one of the best is the Kona Hoss- Has front suspension but is set up for the heavier rider. Wheels will be your problem. Run them in for 50 miles and get a good wheelbuilder to retrue and tension. (Whatever Bike you get) They work wonders on the most rubbish wheel- but look at getting a pair built after 12 months- Don't have to be expensive or elaborate, but XT hubs, 36 spokes and a strong rim will last well. Oh and until you lose some weight or get experience- don't kerb hop or try any drops
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When the americans learn their Native tongue-- English!!!!
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I still ride my Kona Hoss - got it when I was about 290lbs. - now I'm down to 230 - and it continues to perform great! It never let me down out on the trail or on the bike path - very durable and reliable. Good component set too, especially the disc brakes - great for us big guys!

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Check the rivendell site they handed over an idea to co motion for a clydesdale bike Co motion is now producing it .Rivendell has an article about it in their reader.I have a schwinn varsity .
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