I want to start biking

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  1. BigPaul

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    I decided to stop being a fat ass back in November of 08. As of this morning I have lost 45.4 lbs. I have gone from almost passing out after 5 minutes on the elliptical to regularly running on it for 30 to 45 minutes. I'm getting in shape but I still have a long way to go.

    I live less than a mile from my work and when it starts to warm up outside I'm thinking about getting a bike. My question for you guys is what is a good bike for a fat guy who is trying to get into shape?

    Thanks,

    P.
     
  2. jdm-cd5

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    id focus more on your diet if your main goal is to lose weight. Not saying biking is a waste of time either. It's good for burning off those extra calories if you have trouble eating clean. As far as a bike for a big guy, just go to any bike store and try out a few. I'm sure someone there can point you in the right direction.
     
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    How much do you weigh?
     
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    I bike at least 3 times a week, 8 miles a ride. I weigh over 330 and use a bottom of the line trek mountain bike. When I get below 280 I have a Klein road bike I will use. Depending on your weight finding a suitable road bike can be difficult, mountain bikes are a lot more heavy duty and can take the abuse.
     
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    I'm 347 as of this morning.
     
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    Are you planning on biking on pavement/gravel most of the time, or are you also planning to go offroad alot?
     
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    get a hybrid
     
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    Mostly pavement/brick/gravel... I really just want to ride from here to work (less than a mile) and back.
     
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    i would advise going to your local bike shop and scoping it out.
    that said, being a bit of a cyclist myself, i agree that a hybrid or fitness bike would be perfect for you.
    the bike is going to fit you based on your height for the most part, i would recommend being willing to spend about 500 or so dollars on the bike as this will get you something that is going to certainly hold up. Just about every major brand will carry a lifetime warranty on the frame and several others will have some sort of warranty to couple that.
    check out,
    www.trekbikes.com
    www.fisherbikes.com
    www.cannondale.com
    www.specialized.com
    http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/

    and go here, www.bikeforums.net if you have any more questions. feel free to pm me too. good luck and awesome job thus far!
     
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    I will call my buddy at the bike shop and see what he says. Honestly, I have never met anyone that heavy, so I don't know what can handle your weight. More than likely you'll need touring-type wheels (40+ spoke).

    edit: Just called..

    You don't want to go less than 36 spoke, double-wall wheels.
    A hybrid would be fine, so would a mountain bike with a front suspension fork. I'd recommend a steel frame because it can handle a lot more abuse.
     
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    If it's less then a mile just walk. Spending a bunch of money on a good bike that can handle the abuse of your size for a mile bike ride seems a bit dumb. :dunno:
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    Thanks for the info. I guess I'm gunna have to find a bike shop around here.
     
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    I'm going to be getting rid of my truck, so its not really dumb. I can probably get 6k for the truck, spend $500 on a bike, put the rest in the bank and then on the days that I don't feel like working out I have no choice but to get in almost 2 miles...
     
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    Do you have another car or do you live in an area where having a car isn't needed like NYC?
     
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    I have another car, its my wife daily driver. but I live in a very small town. so I do not really "need" a car.
     
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    Good for you man. I hate driving.
     
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    gotcha...I was just wondering what was going to happen next winter when it was cold and you didn't want to ride/walk to work....
     
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    there is a lot of stuff out there with the major companies that will not put a weight limit on their stuff, so it is a good idea to go with them.
    for example, if you buy a Trek, and it has Bontrager wheels, they have a 5 year warranty on them from the factory, so any major issues with them is going to be taken care of for that 5 year period.
    as for frames, all of those companies pretty much have a lifetime warranty on the frames.
    i dont know what your mobility is like, but you can also look into the lower step versions of bikes like the Pure, a lot of this stuff i think will get addicting and you will find yourself getting a new bike, losing a ton of weight and looking for something new in a while, check the clydesdale forums, happens all the time. best of luck, :hsd:
     
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