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FAT and TALL ! Want to buy a bike! HELP!

Old 07-17-08, 10:26 AM
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FAT and TALL ! Want to buy a bike! HELP!

I am a BIG guy. 6' 5" tall and 325lbs.

Before I got so big, I use to cycle all the time. The wife and kids all have bikes and I want to cycle with them. Just touring through the neiborhood and riding around the park. I would also like to use it for exercise.

I dont think a bike from Wal-Mart is going to cut it.

I would like to buy a bke that will accomodate me for around $300. Is that doable?

Thanks for looking at my post.

Joel
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Old 07-17-08, 11:12 AM
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Have you posted in the Clydesdale forum or taken a peek there? They would love to help you out with lots of good advice.
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Old 07-17-08, 11:25 AM
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Reposted at Clysdale! Thanks Rosie.

Reposted at Clysdale! Thanks Rosie.
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Old 07-17-08, 11:27 PM
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My boyfriend's Dad is about your size. He was looking at the Giant Cypress and and Trek Nav, which the LBS here had in "XL" frames. They are hybrid or comfort style bikes, which he was more interested in since he is retired (The Boy was a late-in-life baby!). I don't know if he has bought one yet but they looked like really well-proportioned frames, and they were both about $400 Canadian. Even with the dollars almost at par, I think bike prices int he US are lower, so those could well be within your budget.

The Clydesdale forum will have suggestions for road style bikes if that is what you'd like.
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Old 07-18-08, 02:00 AM
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325 lbs huh,well there is no problem with the size of the frame,but there is the issue of spokes and weight,at your weight you have about 227 lbs being supported by you back wheel,so you have to go with 36 or more spokes,now if you have a problem with spokes breaking like mine you may have to either get a steel rim or more spokes.I weight 250.

more than 36 are hard to find,and so are heavy duty spokes,but you could try a LBS bike and tell him about your weight issues.Most male bikes are made for a man about 180 -220 lbs as far as a wheel is concerned.

I do recommend if you can get heavy duty spokes(thicker gauge) to pay extra and have the LBs relace the rear wheel,it may cost more than $50.00 but for you it may be worth it.Once spokes start popping they dont stop.With these spokes they have to drill the original hub and rim holes bigger for the heavy gauge spokes,unless the LBs can get you a heavy duty wheel for the bike you want.

70% of your weight is distributed on the rear wheel.in your case its 227 lbs.Dont worry about your front.
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Old 07-18-08, 05:48 PM
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Somewhere in the forum it is said that a 36 spoke hub geared wheel is same strenght as a 40 spoke casette geared wheel. You could do a searc in the forums, especially in the utility forum since they carry heavy loads on the bike. I do not know about frame, try clydes forum. Maybe try e-bay or similar.
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