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    Help I am overweight and would like to ride!!!!!

    i really need to get back to riding my bike. back about 10 years ago i used to right avidly, enough to tear up a lot of mountain bikes. i am looking to start up again and am wondering if i should go buy a cheap 55 dollar bike at wal-mart or start with a good bike that will last? i am 5'8" 375 lbs and will kill cheap bikes. since my last bike purchase i have learned that spending more money on a great product usually is better than spending little money on a crap product. this is where i have an issue i really cant stabd spending 60 bucks on a bike every few weeks because i killed it. so i am really hoping yall could help me figure out what to do.

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    My suggestion would be to buy a cheap bike for now until you get yourself in some sort of decent shape. With a cheap bike stay on mostly the fire roads, this will keep the bike running longer and allow you fitness time. When you feel your ready, venture onto the trails. Once your hooked (mountain biking is your passion) then I would spend money and get myself a good bike. If you don't mind me saying at 375 lbs you are going to suffer for awhile, and during this suffering period it is easy to get discouraged and give up, so if it was me I would make sure I really love this sport (which I do), before you spend alot of money on a mountain bike. You don't want the mountain bike just hanging in the garage not getting any use. Go with a cheap one and make it a goal to buy yourself a new bike when you get into better shape. Good luck.

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    depending on where you want to ride .. you can get a decent 'cruiser' bike that will work with your weight but won't hold up to major offroad trails .. but should do fine on dirt roads and 'fire roads' ...

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    First Thumbs up for doing something about it now :-)

    Secondly -don't go cheap. The only thing cheap has going for itself is that its cheap. You'll get minus on quality, frame, componenta, bikehandling ... which will lead to poor riding experience. And the chances of quitting will be that much bigger.

    In stead go with a beefy frame, crankset, wheels and fork. Those are the areas that will be extra stressed untill you're slim again. If you have the money spec your own bike from scratch and think burly components (freeride/DH stuff) on a good frame.
    Alternatively go with the Kona Hoss http://www.konaworld.com/08_hoss_w.htm

    As the other posters said -it's gonna be a hard beginning and its probably gonna be hard for a while but itll be worth the effort :-)
    I've seen it with a friend I persuaded to take up biking. He started out an a Giant Terago at 280 lbs some months ago. He's on 240 lbs now and counting. The first trip we made together was 3-4 km of singletrack before he had to give up. That was tough on him but also an eyeopener and he somehow kept the motivation. In the beginning he rode firetracks and road but now he has progressed onto singletrack.


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    Quote Originally Posted by -Devil-
    you can get a decent 'cruiser' bike that will work with your weight but won't hold up to major offroad trails .. but should do fine on dirt roads and 'fire roads' ...
    That sounds pretty sensible to me:
    A simple, relatively low cost, bike that can handle some weight will get you rolling, although not on particularly rough surfaces.

    Such a bike would have uses later on too, even if you decide to get "nicer" bike(s).

    Now you just need a place where to ride it: a location that is not boring but is not too strenuous for your current level.

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    The Hoss and Bigfoot seem like good options to me.

    BTW, +1 on the thumbs up.

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    tha main thing to watch for on any bike you get ... is if it has suspension parts ... 99% of the time they are not going to be strong enough for someone that is in the 190 to 250 range .. so will be even worse ... a few can be adjusted ... but those are on the higher end bikes ...

    so a rigid setup, may be a little rougher off road. but will hold up a lot better...

    next thing would be the wheelset ... then the seat and handlebars ...

    and whatever you go with, get them to change out the pedals for ones that are solid metal

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    Specialized Hardrock is a good choice my clyde friend bought one, and its built up like a tank. And I couldnt see it breaking due to rider weight any time soon.

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    Well guys i know i posted this a while ago. I finally had some extra money about 2 weeks ago and bought a cheap 67 dollar bike at wal-mart and about killed myself already. the brakes don't ever seem to work right after many adjustments, no matter what the seat seems to always move after many tightening's, and the frame is too large and they only make 1 size. i rode a 26 inch frame 10 years ago and know i haven't gotten shorter. so i am returning it and am going to go for something a little more expensive. my question is does anyone know of a bike below 200 dollars that has some decent quality to it. remember this is still a starter bike i would love for it to have differing sizes so i can sit on it without worrying if i am going to be able to have kids later in life.

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    I hate to be rude, but you're really going to get what you pay for here. You might consider REI - they make an in house brand called Novara that is pretty good and comes with good component specs, especially for the price. I liked the idea of you getting a cruiser, but a hard tail mountain bike might be the way to go. I'm thinking bikes in the $300 range like the Specialized Hardrock. Most bikes can be had more cheaply now due to end of season deals.

    I hope you find something - just take it easy, start riding, cut your calories (that's key) and have fun. It will be hard at first, but it gets easier.
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    here is the bike i bought, http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=8399256. , and am returning.

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    I'd say I'm surprised you had to return that piece of ****, but I'd be lying.
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    i bought because of some advise of another thread telling me to buy really cheap because of my size.

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    Honestly man at your size I would just buy a cruiser bike to get some exercise until I lost quite a bit of weight and got to below 300 pounds before looking at a mountain bike. A cruiser bike should be able to hold you better and be more comfortable. I got an overweight guy I work with talked into picking up mountain biking after him seeing me drop 25 winter beer pounds this season in less than 2 months (from 210 to 185). He is 6ft2 and weighs about 270 pounds and the position of a mountain bike is hard on his wrists and joints.
    At 5ft8 and 375 you should just focus on getting out there on a comfortable bike and cycling. You can lose just as much weight on a beach cruiser as on a mountain bike and be a lot more comfortable on one. And I know Walmart beach cruisers are tough. I use to have one with pegs on the front and rear and would load up 3 of us on it for a beer run.

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    Buy a used sturdy good bike. Take it to a good mountain bike shop and have them go over it and make sure it will have parts on it and also the correct compression in shocks and forks.

    Then do these things: #1..stop eating so much. Your portion sizes are out of control to get that weight. It is amazing how little to body needs to eat but since it tastes so good we all eat way more then necessary.

    #2. Ride for time. What I mean is dont go try to ride up the local killer hill...get a quarter of the way up and quit as you are going to die. Rather go for a ride where your heart is pumping, lungs blowing but you can do it for 1-2 hours. Burn way more calories this way.

    #3. Start running. Sounds crazy but for the time put in running burns way more calories then anything else. Mix it up with a run followed by a bike ride or a swim. Make it fun.

    If you cut back on your eating and excercise at the same time...the pounds are going to fly off you. You will be buying new clothes and going up that killer mountain sooner then you think.

    Good luck to ya.

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    I don't know what kind of bike would work best for someone your size, but I can't imagine that full-on mountain biking would be easy.

    Biking is a great way to get some exercise since it is fun and low impact. Someone said to start running, but I think that might be pretty hard to do until you are in better shape because its so jarring and hard on the knees. I can ride for hours, but I can only run for a little while before my feet and knees are hurting and I'm wanting to throw up and go home. Plus, running isn't fun.

    I was 6'4" 215lb when I started biking a few months ago and have lost 15 lbs and 4 inches from my waist already and its been a total blast!

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    The only bikes that are purpose built for heavier riders are way more expensive than $200. I don't want to discourage you from biking but it's important to understand that even a light rider isn't going to get much bike for that amount of money. I'm not kidding when I say one of my bikes is worth more than my car! I believe most of the purpose built clyde bikes are gonna run you around a grand. Regardless, at 375 trail riding will probably be a little too much for you to start out with, Keith and Okie are giving some good advice. Best thing to do is to work on your fitness and make some lifestyle changes to get some weight off, then look into getting a good bike. If I were you I'd look into the cruiser or hybrid option. Hope to see you on the trails soon!
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    Sure, get a cheaper bike while you are getting that fitness back, but cheap doesn't have to mean Wal-Mart rubbish, right? There are some good entry-level "serious" bikes around for not that much money - might be a good compromise between buying a junkheap that'll last 3 weeks and paying $10,000 for the space shuttle! I am sure there are some around more knowledgeable than me who can point you in the right direction.

    And if you are serious about getting that weight off then I say, "good on you" - it CAN be done. I began to balloon a bit after getting married (what IS that about, anyway?!), though admittedly nothing like your 375lbs, but said "no way", started eating less and cycling more and now I'm as fit as I have ever been. Just don't overdo it - bit by bit! No real trick to it.
    SPD shoes, pedals, cleats and the experience of going clipless. (a work in progress - let me know if I missed something!)

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    6'3" 345 - I just bought a Kona Hoss. You are going to need something like this. Otherwise the wheels and hubs are going to be trashed every time you go on anything other than smooth trails.

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    5-10, 400#, and I ride 3-4 times a week. Started doing all flat (not fat) trails and in 3 mo.
    was pulling some small hills and putting in 9-10 miles. I ride a flea market GT and like the bike alot. Those 23" mtb bars are awful. I put a 3" riser bar( at 26") on for comfort and stability. I'm good to go now. So don't give up and keep on pedalin'.
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    craigslist. If you live in a major city of any kind, you should be able to find good quality 1990s chromoly frame bicycles for cheap ($65-$150). The WILL outlast a dept store bike.

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    I'm actually going thru a similar situation myself. I started out at the beginning of the year with a total lifestyle makeover. I quit drinking sodas (even diet) and started drinking endless amounts of water. Cut all the useless crap from my diet and expanded my normal eating habits to more diverse and metabolism enhancing foods. I wanted to get straight into mtn biking but honestly it just isn't possible. For you skinny riders, imagine putting 200lbs in a backpack and trying to peddle up even the smallest of single tracks.

    Here's what I did. First off, find something even lower impact to get your body conditioned to exercise again. I started with walking and disc golf. After several weeks of that, I really wasn't feeling like I was getting much exercise from either so I decided to get start back into biking. I bought myself a Trek Pure Sport. This is a comfort bike that takes alot of stress off the back and knees and forces you to use more core strength while keeping you in a fairly relaxed seated position. This isn't a terrain bike so you'll have to find somewhere paved or very smooth packed dirt or clay to ride on. I'm lucky in that Raleigh has a great greenway system that's mostly paved. I ride about 10 miles 4-5 times a week and about 13-15 miles at least one of the weekend days sometimes both. After doing that all this year I feel like I'm finally ready to tackle some single track again. I did so some fire road stuff a couple weeks ago and the hill climbing was pretty humbling so I'm not expecting a great performance for awhile but I'm finally in good enough shape to at least start progressing. I'll basically start riding trail one day a week, then eventually 2-3, but will probably always keep the greenway rides in my weekly fitness regimen. As for what bike to buy for trail use, there are a fair amount of options. You're not going to be taking drops and heavy single track in your condition, trust me! With that in mind, just pick any bike you like because you're not really going to give it much abuse until you're in better shape and can handle tougher terrain. If you're set on starting out with mountain, then I'd look into a Gary Fisher Mullet. It's pretty bulletproof and holds my weight just fine, but again I'd seriously consider doing some flat-ground riding for awhile first.

    I started out this year at 6' 6" and 450lbs. I'm now down 78lbs at 372 and slowly falling. I feel a hundred times better and honestly can't stand rainy days when I don't get to ride my bike. Whatever you do, just DO something. I waited til I was 34 to start getting back into shape and I can attest that the longer you wait, the harder it is, but the reward is worth every ounce of pain and then some.

    Good luck! If you need any weight loss tips, feel free to PM me. One side note...I'd highly recommend getting some padded cycling shorts to where under your normal clothes. Even after riding for months, my ass still aches every single ride and in fact it's still sore right now from last nights ride. There is an online store that specializes in plus size riding clothes but I don't know how mtbr feels about linking other stores so PM if you want the address.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Okie Dokie
    #3. Start running. Sounds crazy but for the time put in running burns way more calories then anything else. Mix it up with a run followed by a bike ride or a swim. Make it fun.
    No offence to this poster, but please don't do this. Running at your size will cause irreversible joint damage and incredibly painful spine compression. I went from 6' 6" to 6' 5" and now have 3 protruding discs which cause a LOT of pain. Much of this damage was caused by jogging on a PADDED treadmill. It took physical therapy and a lot of downtime to get back to the point being able to start exercising again.

    Cycling causes a lot less stress on the body. If you have access to a pool that's the best way to get started but otherwise, walking and cycling.
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    This is my first post on the forum, I usually lurk, but I figured that since this topic was so near and dear to my own heart, that I would go ahead and throw my own advice out there. I also could stand to lose a few pounds (read: a lot of pounds) and I've tried every which way to stick with an exercise program. Finally, I decided on riding. It's fun, gets me the hell out of the house and gym and gives me a sense of accomplishment.

    I don't know enough about bikes yet to actually be able to give you any sort of advice on that, so I'll leave it to all these other much more knowledgeable people. I will say that I was bent on getting a Walmart Special, too, but a very wise friend steered me to my lbs where I got a much better suited bike, for the same price point, with all the benefits of patronizing an lbs. (like free tuneups and adjustments for a year).

    As far as dropping some pounds, I would suggest getting a gym membership of some sort and going to the gym on alternating days with your riding. I wouldn't run, because that will kill your joints, plus it's just a pain in the ass unless you're in tip top shape, and walking is boring. However, the elliptical trainer burns almost as many calories as running, and is much easier on your joints, and let's face it, your entire body. Swimming is great for cardio, too if you have access to a pool. And I would also suggest doing some sort of light strength training (especially in your legs). I, myself do Pilates 3 times a week, and it's been invaluable to getting me up some of the hills around here. Plus, any activity you do will only help you in the long run.

    Good luck, Hope to see your progress and riding stories soon!

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    One thing I didn't tell you on my last post was that I have already destroyed my knees. I have 2 total knee replacements!!! My last operation was March 17 of this year and I started biking on June 11 of this year. Like the last guy I stick to flat trails but am starting to pull some light hills. Yes all that and the weight problem too. It can be done and it is certainly depressing at times but stick to a plan. As for me I ride every other day soon to start every day. My mileage depends on how long my local trails are. I'm lucky in that here in Reading Pa. we have numerous trails to choose from the most noteable trail being the Schuykill River Trail System which goes from Reading to Philadephia.
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    This may sound pretty lame,, but i'm very similar and got hooked through spins classes. I was 327 when i started 4months ago and now im just under 299. I've been following craigslist and ebay for a first real bike.. A 98 marin rocky ridge just sold for ebay last week @ 140 dilerverd ..... MTBR people reviewed it well so i think good used bikes are out there under $200. Definatley bump watching for a good used bike. But if you can get past the lameness, the spin classes were a great step for me and i stumbled onto something i really enjoy. And hotties teach the class most of the time. Now I tow my 18month twin girls around and get outside. Lungs feel great..

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    As with a lot of things in life - you get what you pay for... That said - a department store bike is better than nothing. Scour craigslist, Ebay, and the local shops - in the Northeast they are going to be trying to unload the bikes to make room for the skis. A good bike bought now will hold up and be upgradable as you get better.

    If you haven't done it already talk to your doctor to make sure everything is OK for you to start excercising. Having been through the lifestyle change/weigh loss myself - Don't get discouraged in the first few days. It's going to suck, you're going to be sore, you're going to hate life for the first week or so. After that it all changes...

    Running was mentioned a few times through this thread - when you're just starting out you might want to consider walking, and hiking. As you are a bigger guy a decent set of hiking boots will also feel better on your feet in the long run over a pair of running shoes. If you do go running I'd suggest a padded treadmill at an incline, a soccer field, dirt road, or track - avoid concrete and pavement.

    You can still eat whatever you want in smaller portions. If you're used to grilling a big steak up - cut it in half and save it for dinner the next night. Fill the rest of the plate up with a salad with light dressing. Drink water all day - this also adds to the excercise program by having you walk back and forth to the bathroom...

    Good luck...

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    Well first off guys I actually eat very healthy. I eat small meals and only drink water and decaf. tea. I have been overweight since 5 years of age. There is no physical illness causing it either. In High School I played Football and rode Bikes which kept my weight in check but never lowered it. When I first went off to college, in 1997, I tore up 2 Bikes in 9 months the 1st 1 costing about 250 dollars. Rode another cheap 1 for 2 years then broke it and quit. Now I am back in college full time and don't have a lot of money that's why I need cheap. I work at the most 20 hours a week then go to school full-time so money is very tight. I will also only be starting on roads but will slowly progress to off-road like most of you said. This bike is going to have to last me a few years though because money will be tight for at least 3 more years. 1 other thing everyone I live in Houston, TX if you have been here you will understand why running/walking is a far off option for me it is just too damn hot and humid more most of the year to entertain it yet. Thanks for all your help.

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    Another Kudos here for making a change.
    Im 6' and 275#. I know what you mean about the walking. Craigslist is the #1 place to look to start with, Second is the cruiser that people talk about. It will hold the weight for a better price than any other bike. A good bike is probably gonna be a rigid bike. No suspension parts to wear out or bottom out. The ride will be a little rougher, but im sure you wont be hitting anything too hard. If you want a softer ride them different tires or pressure is the way to go. I'll post a few links below.

    http://houston.craigslist.org/bik/823783916.html possibility for a cheap cruiser, dont know much about cruisers to be honest.

    http://houston.craigslist.org/bik/775666947.html Jech the top of the fork on it. While its not a rigid, its a quality bike that should be on if its not ridden rough.

    I would also suggest posting a wanted ad and let people e-mail you pics and such. Just specify beforehand no Roadmaster/Mongoose/Etc bikes.

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    I also live in S. Texas, so I know exactly how you feel as far as humidity and heat go. I make it a habit not to go outside to do anything EXCEPT ride (and walk from the building to my truck and back). The good thing is that since you are a college student, you can probably use the gym facilities on campus for nothing, so you can exercise indoors in the air conditioning on the cheap. That's what I do anyway. There's gotta be something good coming from paying the outrageous tuition that colleges charge nowadays. Again, Good luck with finding a bike and getting healthy. BTW, Craigslist really does rock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swthrtsuzy
    I also live in S. Texas, so I know exactly how you feel as far as humidity and heat go. I make it a habit not to go outside to do anything EXCEPT ride (and walk from the building to my truck and back). The good thing is that since you are a college student, you can probably use the gym facilities on campus for nothing, so you can exercise indoors in the air conditioning on the cheap. That's what I do anyway. There's gotta be something good coming from paying the outrageous tuition that colleges charge nowadays. Again, Good luck with finding a bike and getting healthy. BTW, Craigslist really does rock.
    scratch that gym idea crappy small school with no gym.

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    Eww, that sucks. Sorry to hear that.

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    Like others have said before- get conditioned first. I am 5'7" and weighed 220lbs a year ago. Being overweight was just awful. I had no energy, and was straining and grunting at every movement. Riding a bike was very hard for me, despite the fact I love mountain biking.

    You gotta tackle your weight loss from a few angles. The first and foremost is the calories. I was consuming almost 6,000 calories a day and refusing to move my large frame. I started counting my calories on my cellphone, every day. Thanks to the internet- I am able to get calorie info on just about everything I ate. Do the same. For my height, I needed to consume under 2000 calories a day to lose any weight....just doing nothing. I realized eating below 2000 calories a day wasn't going to cut it with me.......I love food too much!!! So, I reached a compromise- I was going to consume 3,000 calories a day BUT ride my bike 20 miles a day.....which equals burning about 1,500 calories. Let me tell you-riding those 20 miles/day took me about three months to do. I suggest you start small. Don't think it is impossible. It is NOT. Losing weight is all about incremental successes. Those small victories every day add up to a much bigger picture........pounds lost.

    One year later, I am down 60lbs and I can now ride four miles up a 10% grade, with relative ease. Now, 30-40 mile rides are nothing to me. If I can do it- anybody can. I read a story about a guy in Minnesota who lost over 200lbs riding a custom-made bike over 100 miles/day, and eating nothing but soup. Losing weight is going to be your lifes biggest challenge.

    As for bikes, get one strong enough to support your body. As you get better riding and lose weight- upgrade. Below were all the bikes I rode:

    1) 2004 Gary Fisher Zebrano - A great comfort bike that is mainly designed for paved paths and hardpack urban trails. Weight: 31lbs. SOLD

    2) 2006 Trek 4900 Disc - My first disc brake bike. This was the bike I trained on, to log 20 miles/day. Weight: 33lbs SOLD

    3) 2006 Cannondale F600 Furio Disc - On this bike, I was able to train climbing hills. Weight: 28lbs SOLD

    4) 2005 Cannondale F2000SL Optimo Disc - This is the reward I gave myself, for losing 60lbs. Weight: 19lbs CURRENT BIKE

    Don't get a cheap Wal-Mart bike. You will never be motivated to ride it. Spend a little extra money and get a name-brand LBS bike, that will make you WANT to ride it. It makes all the difference in the world. Don't EVER give up. You need to change the way you see food forever, to stay skinny. You can do it man!!!!
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    here are a few i went and looked at today, also found out i need a small frame size. these are all comfort bikes.

    $212
    http://www3.schwinnbike.com/usa/eng/...IEGS-Sierra-GS

    $369
    http://www.harobikes.com/mtb/bikes/h...express_le.php

    $200 found on craigslist
    http://houston.craigslist.org/bik/789892990.html

    i would truthfully like to go for the schwinn, but schwinn is sold at wal-mart now which worries me. i found this one at a local bike chain.
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    Let me say this then. You put one in that was $369, You can get a Ironhorse Maverick 5.5 from Performance Bicycles and it will hold up better than most and is quality, and for atleast the first year your parts are covered and frame is good for atleast 5 years. Thats the bike I have and what I paid for it. Just a thought but then again I love ironhorses after seeing them upclose.

    $359 after using their 10% off code listed at the top of the page.
    http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...slisearch=true

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    Quote Originally Posted by GarfieldOne
    Let me say this then. You put one in that was $369, You can get a Ironhorse Maverick 5.5 from Performance Bicycles and it will hold up better than most and is quality, and for atleast the first year your parts are covered and frame is good for atleast 5 years. Thats the bike I have and what I paid for it. Just a thought but then again I love ironhorses after seeing them upclose.

    $359 after using their 10% off code listed at the top of the page.
    http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...slisearch=true
    I would tend to agree. A true mountain bike... vs a comfort bike or hybrid.... will be built to take a beating. That means it will be built to hold up to easy riding by a really heavy guy.

    comfort bikes aren't really "comfort" so much as they are "upright". You can always get a true MTB and put an "armpit cooler" stem and bars on it to sit more upright. The FRAME is what you have to worry about, because that is what you are at risk of breaking.

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    must say first im proud of ya for taking the first steps to get in shape, it is very hard to dive into.

    i did'nt have issues with my weight (besides a little beer gut). my problem was smoking&drinking,working to many hours,and not much sleep.

    this spring me and a buddy decided to gets bikes and get our 36 yr old azzes back in shape. in school and the navy i ran x/c worked out everyday etc.. etc... i got out of the service got married and just stopped everything that was good for me.

    i know boo hoo me right? i'll get to the point.

    that first ride was a killer on top of being way out of shape and smoking for 14-15 years i had bronchitis to boot! we died on that horse trail that day.but the bug bit my az soo hard i went the next day too. then when i could'nt hit the trails i was riding in the hood around my house with my two sons. 2 months ago i gave up the smokes/slowed my drinking a ton. and now im riding that same trail in my middle gear shreading 5-6 minutes off my first months times,and loving it.. more importantly feeling fantastic. and just last week i got my wife and both kids mtb's and took them out on a wooded (paved trail). and they are getting into it as well,i was on cloud nine that day thinking if i did'nt stick with this instead of the family out having fun together,i'd be at the dam bar drinking with other jackazz's that really could car less about me .

    so stick with it my freind keep us posted please!! oh and i'd go on craigslist/ebay and get a decent used bike on the cheap. i did the same when i got my bike and its running great.saved some cash at the same time

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    GUYS! I need help,

    what do you guys think about the size of this bike in "Large" for someone that is 6' 2-3" and 240-250 pound...?

    http://www.cannondale.com/bikes/09/cusa/model-9FS7.html
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    LOVELESS, my LBS, who happens to be a Cannondale dealer, suggested that for the smaller money go with a different bike, such as a Haro Escape... they told me that it is much more bike for the same money.

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    Retro - Awesome man! Keep up the good work. Get away from the drink. I've seen what that stuff does to the insides... it's no good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FatCorey
    LOVELESS, my LBS, who happens to be a Cannondale dealer, suggested that for the smaller money go with a different bike, such as a Haro Escape... they told me that it is much more bike for the same money.
    I think its abit late for that...

    I've already ordered the bike, and its ready for pick up(Friday)

    I just don't know if its an OK size,
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    thanks corey :P i just want to let the OP to know that no matter what the problem is or how long it's been going on that with a little help from friends like these guys on the forums. and some work.that he can get started down the right path.. after every ride and every day im not smoking,im feeling soo much better .

    i'm still not as good as i wanna be but getting there has been a blessing and a blast

    and jonny4 keep us posted please, p.m. me if ya like bud.

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    ok now im confused some people seem to be telling me to get a comfort because of the higher riding position and some seem to be saying getting a mtb because of the toughness the guy i talked to at sun and ski sports said the comfort he showed me has a mtb frame and comfort ride. so which is it guys. i have also decided not to spend over 300 total i don't have too much to throw around right now. so if i have to buy extra handle bars for a mtb then total still has to be under 300. i am not trying to cheat myself i just dont have the extra money and because of money not being enough i put off even buying 1 for over a year so i need to buy something and work up to something better later.

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    well guys i just went through most of the craigslist's in txas and didn't find much. there were lots of bikes but all crap brands.

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    I've got a Specialized Hard Rock (almost 10 years old now actually) and it's held up great for me. I'm 5'8" and I weighed about 175 when I got it. The heaviest I got was 325 but it did fine for me at that weight. Now I'm back down to 240 and trying to get back to my fighting weight. Just saying it's not too much bike for a 175 lb guy and still holds up if you're over twice that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by retro-newb
    i'm still not as good as i wanna be but getting there has been a blessing and a blast
    Are any of us as good as we should be? I'm not. Keep doing what you are doing. I'll keep doing my thing too. At this time next year I'll have to change my name to not-so-FatCorey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonny4
    ok now im confused some people seem to be telling me to get a comfort because of the higher riding position and some seem to be saying getting a mtb because of the toughness the guy i talked to at sun and ski sports said the comfort he showed me has a mtb frame and comfort ride. so which is it guys. i have also decided not to spend over 300 total i don't have too much to throw around right now. so if i have to buy extra handle bars for a mtb then total still has to be under 300. i am not trying to cheat myself i just dont have the extra money and because of money not being enough i put off even buying 1 for over a year so i need to buy something and work up to something better later.

    Alright, go ride. If you feel like you are bent over too far, get a new stem. $25.00 or so. You don't need anything that costs $100.00 or anything. Heck, I have a stem on an old bike that I can send you if you need it. Go with what you got and ride that sucker into the ground.

    Keep in mind that the guy at one of my LBS just shared his opinion with me. My pop has a Cannondale that is probably 15 years old. Can't break it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FatCorey
    Are any of us as good as we should be? I'm not. Keep doing what you are doing. I'll keep doing my thing too. At this time next year I'll have to change my name to not-so-FatCorey.

    sounds good !!! keep in touch we'll push eachother you too jonny4 we got 7 inches of rain the past 2 days but it's drying up i'm gonna get up early and jamm a big ole' mud run.

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    My First Experience

    I just wanted to share...

    I took my new 09 F7 out today for the frist time, I've only ride for like 30 mins in the streets and I have to say its been like Hell, I was sweating like crazy, and my thigh became so Numb, well not really numb but it was so tight I couldn't feel it.
    I felt like I was about to faint, I couldn't take it so I went home..
    I think its because my tire was really low on air...(stupid me ) I knew I should of left the tire alone...

    Also I would like to ask...

    Is it alright if I eat 1 cheese steak sandwich a week or every 2 weeks?
    (I really love them )
    I plan on riding everyday in the morning to reach my goal of 20 miles a day...
    so far it doesn't look so good for me..
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    Quote Originally Posted by LOVELESS
    Also I would like to ask...

    Is it alright if I eat 1 cheese steak sandwich a week or every 2 weeks?
    (I really love them )
    I plan on riding everyday in the morning to reach my goal of 20 miles a day...
    so far it doesn't look so good for me..

    Awesome on the new ride.

    As to the question - if you are really into this stuff, and want to drop pounds, you should get yourself on a good program. Weight Watchers has an awesome program. You don't have to join, just go buy the books and food calculator. Calculate your points, calculate your added points for exercise, then decide if the cheese steak is possible.

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