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Bike for a big guy ?(3 posts)

Bike for a big guy ?smcintos
Sep 22, 2002 5:52 AM
I am a big guy but I love to ride. I now ride a 1990 Specialized Hardrock but I want to upgrade to a cyclecross bike or some other type bike thats more road friendly. I ride for fitness only. I am about 300lbs. Can someone please tell me what brand and type bike I should get that will handle my wieght. I am also 6'2".
re: Bike for a big guy ?Jan Gerrit Klok
Sep 22, 2002 1:49 PM
Even for just road rides, a guy your size may like a custom aluminum frame. Doesn't have to be all that expensive, but you get to choose the tubing. You may like the Dimension Disc-only fork, it's plenty strong, but you'd need to get an Avid road-specific discbrake, supposing you're going to ride with dropbars.
Your length isn't much of a problem, you could steal the geometry for a typical 60cm-ish sized frame. I'm 6'4" and all legs 'n arms, a 60cm CX with classical geometry works fine for me.
Get good rims, meant for touring or tandems. 36h to start with.

Good luck!
re: Bike for a big guy ?atpjunkie
Sep 24, 2002 7:40 PM
60 may be too big for a cross bike for you, what is your standover? If you don't know, what inseam length are your pants. You could be anywhere from a 56-60 depending on this. By your weight I'm going to assume you have a lot of torso so probably a 57 or so. Look into an Aluminum Frame, most will do. He's right about the rims. I'm 6'4" 230 and I know what large bodies do to bikes.
I'm the same height as Jan but ride 57-58 cx bikes as I'm not all legs and arms and I like a little room for the jewels. I ride a 60-61 road frame. I own a Specialized S-Works and a Ridley and they seem to be holding up.