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Old 03-31-16, 07:23 AM
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Which Hybrid? Most stack height?

I am an overweight out of shape guy looking for a bike. I am considering several different bike types. I am not the most flexible person (meaning my body would be considered more stiff than flexbile) along with having shorter than normal arms for a male. Therefore, I usually need the bars above the seat level which means I usually try and get the bike with the smallest amount of extra standover height (meaning I usually size up if possible to get the bars higher). My max standover height is approx 32.5".

I am guessing if I decide to get a hybrid, I will probably have to get a stem riser. Which of the hybrid's have the tallest stack heights? Or allow the bars to be higher than the seat level? Are bikes similar to a Trek FX 7.2 a good place to start my shopping?

Also, I would not want to go smaller than a 32mm width tire just due to my weight. All riding will be on smooth surfaces and mostly, if not all, on pavement.

Of course, I might be better off starting on a comfort bike and working my way towards a hybrid type bike.
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Old 03-31-16, 08:36 AM
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I think a Trek would be good. Try a "medium". It's easy to raise the seat post. If you feel the handlebar is too low, you can get a "riser" bar to add height. You could probably easily stand over a large, but then the reach would be longer. Another thought might be to get you on a large women's version as the body proportions you have (long legs, short trunk and arms) are more common in females. There is no real difference in how these bikes look except for color. You'd probably have to get a white bike.

I think the Trek FX 2 comes with 35 tires which would be an excellent choice.
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Old 03-31-16, 09:55 AM
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Looking at a cruiser or comfort bike with riser bars might be the way to go.
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Old 03-31-16, 11:18 AM
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Originally Posted by mkwdrs View Post
I am an overweight out of shape guy looking for a bike. I am considering several different bike types. I am not the most flexible person (meaning my body would be considered more stiff than flexbile) along with having shorter than normal arms for a male. Therefore, I usually need the bars above the seat level which means I usually try and get the bike with the smallest amount of extra standover height (meaning I usually size up if possible to get the bars higher). My max standover height is approx 32.5".

I am guessing if I decide to get a hybrid, I will probably have to get a stem riser. Which of the hybrid's have the tallest stack heights? Or allow the bars to be higher than the seat level? Are bikes similar to a Trek FX 7.2 a good place to start my shopping?

Also, I would not want to go smaller than a 32mm width tire just due to my weight. All riding will be on smooth surfaces and mostly, if not all, on pavement.

Of course, I might be better off starting on a comfort bike and working my way towards a hybrid type bike.
nope. IMO look at a bike just a bit sportier than you think you need. You can find a way to get comfortable on a sporty hybrid or road bike. Core strength and flexibility will come as you get more fit. Don't go with a comfort bike or a cruiser if you think you will want to use your new bike for exercise.
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Old 03-31-16, 11:51 AM
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Thanks for the advice.

After reading the feedback from this and other forums, the only common thread is to not get a "comfort" bike. On one hand a comfort bike would probably be good for reach to the bars and a relaxed riding position plus some wide cushy tires. However, due to my weight, I'm guessing that there would be too much weight on the saddle to ride for much time or distance.

In my mind, I have to rule out a road bike right now due to my lack of flexibility, short arms, and stomach getting in the way as well. I've never had this much lack of core strength and I don't think a road bike would work for me at the moment. Though it might be a good goal to work towards.

I am kind of thinking of something along the lines of a Trek FX 7.2 vs a Surly Troll/Ogre. Two completely different animals. I wonder if I could get the bars high enough on a Trek FX type of bike. I'm so out of shape with zero core strength that I'm really going to have to start out riding really upright for probably the first few weeks. Anyone know the max tire width that a Trek FX bike will take for sizes med & large?

I've seen pics of some Troll/Ogre's with uncut steerer tubes which makes me believe that I might could get the bars where I want if I leave the steerer tube uncut. These have long top tubes, but maybe a Rivendell Bosco bar or some sweep back bars would help. I'm not going to have a lot of time to ride, so a Troll/Ogre might give me a better work out in a shorter amount of time since it would take more effort to ride them. Of course, no shop's around me have any Surly's in stock and they are all special order.
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Originally Posted by mkwdrs View Post
Thanks for the advice.

After reading the feedback from this and other forums, the only common thread is to not get a "comfort" bike. On one hand a comfort bike would probably be good for reach to the bars and a relaxed riding position plus some wide cushy tires. However, due to my weight, I'm guessing that there would be too much weight on the saddle to ride for much time or distance.

In my mind, I have to rule out a road bike right now due to my lack of flexibility, short arms, and stomach getting in the way as well. I've never had this much lack of core strength and I don't think a road bike would work for me at the moment. Though it might be a good goal to work towards.

I am kind of thinking of something along the lines of a Trek FX 7.2 vs a Surly Troll/Ogre. Two completely different animals. I wonder if I could get the bars high enough on a Trek FX type of bike. I'm so out of shape with zero core strength that I'm really going to have to start out riding really upright for probably the first few weeks. Anyone know the max tire width that a Trek FX bike will take for sizes med & large?

I've seen pics of some Troll/Ogre's with uncut steerer tubes which makes me believe that I might could get the bars where I want if I leave the steerer tube uncut. These have long top tubes, but maybe a Rivendell Bosco bar or some sweep back bars would help. I'm not going to have a lot of time to ride, so a Troll/Ogre might give me a better work out in a shorter amount of time since it would take more effort to ride them. Of course, no shop's around me have any Surly's in stock and they are all special order.
The Troll/Ogre comes with a Jones H Bar which has some back sweep, if that makes a difference. Worth checking out for its steel frame and versatility. And the H bar does allow for up to 3 hand positions, which is a good thing. Don't know that it is more effort to ride a Surly than a Trek, and frankly your theory about greater effort in a shorter time giving a better workout is just wrong. More efficient is a good thing, allowing you to ride faster and further. And the faster you go, the more effort it takes to overcome aerodynamic drag.
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Old 03-31-16, 01:07 PM
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Well, I may have said that incorrectly (I'm surely not known for my intelligence). For me, riding a lighter weight road bike with slick tires does not take near the effort of riding a heavier mtn bike with knobby tires on it. It's kind of like comparing a workout with lighter weight and more reps versus fewer reps with heavier weights. Or a charity ride I do ... 1 year I weighed 300+ pounds and this one hill took forever with a lot of effort and huffing and puffing and the next year I weighed 215 and was shocked how easy it was to ride up that same hill with little effort required.

No doubt I could go further on a road/hybrid bike, but I'm such a weakling at the moment that the extra distance would probably be useless until I can get in a little shape. Three years ago I lost 100 pounds and lost a lot of what little muscle that I did have at the time. I've gained all that weight back and then some, so I'm really weak and out of shape with little flexibility (stiff back).

Let's say I have 45 minutes to ride .... am I better off riding a further distance at a lesser intensity (b/c I'm have zero endurance at the moment) on a road bike or am I better off riding a knobby tire mtn bike for a shorter distance that will likely require a little more effort just due to a heavier bike with knobby tires. Either way, I'm so bad out of shape that they both may equal out in the end as I have zero endurance and zero intensity at the moment.

In the end, I'm just trying to see which bike might fit me better, a hybrid type bike or a mtn type bike with an uncut steerer tube (such as a surly ogre/troll). Plenty of trek stores around. I have called quite a few shops in my state and none of them stock either of the Surly's.
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Originally Posted by mkwdrs View Post
Well, I may have said that incorrectly (I'm surely not known for my intelligence). For me, riding a lighter weight road bike with slick tires does not take near the effort of riding a heavier mtn bike with knobby tires on it. It's kind of like comparing a workout with lighter weight and more reps versus fewer reps with heavier weights. Or a charity ride I do ... 1 year I weighed 300+ pounds and this one hill took forever with a lot of effort and huffing and puffing and the next year I weighed 215 and was shocked how easy it was to ride up that same hill with little effort required.

No doubt I could go further on a road/hybrid bike, but I'm such a weakling at the moment that the extra distance would probably be useless until I can get in a little shape. Three years ago I lost 100 pounds and lost a lot of what little muscle that I did have at the time. I've gained all that weight back and then some, so I'm really weak and out of shape with little flexibility (stiff back).

Let's say I have 45 minutes to ride .... am I better off riding a further distance at a lesser intensity (b/c I'm have zero endurance at the moment) on a road bike or am I better off riding a knobby tire mtn bike for a shorter distance that will likely require a little more effort just due to a heavier bike with knobby tires. Either way, I'm so bad out of shape that they both may equal out in the end as I have zero endurance and zero intensity at the moment.

In the end, I'm just trying to see which bike might fit me better, a hybrid type bike or a mtn type bike with an uncut steerer tube (such as a surly ogre/troll). Plenty of trek stores around. I have called quite a few shops in my state and none of them stock either of the Surly's.
The only reason to ride a mountain bike with knobbies is on a trail. If you have 45 minutes, ride a bike at whatever intensity you can stand for 45 minutes, on a bike with slick tires If you buy the Surly and plan to ride it on pavement, get slick tires. Much safer and more efficient.
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There are plenty of ways to raise the stem. If you get a bike with flat bars, you can easily switch the bars out for more "swept" bars, which brings the grips much closer to you.

My advice is this. Get a bike (a hybrid isn't a bad choice). Ride it until you notice something hurting (not your butt, that'll hurt regardless.) Then work on fixing that exact thing. Don't try to fix a problem before you know it exists.
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Quit overthinking. Find a bike that fits, add a riser bar if needed (I almost always add one), and get on the bike.
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