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Is there a bike for me??(5 posts)

Is there a bike for me??2LargeCrew
Jun 17, 2001 12:18 PM
I'd like some advice on choosing a bike. I want to start riding for exercise but am 6'6', 300 pounds. I am too tall to drive most cars and am having trouble finding a bike. Any suggestions?? Thanks.
there's a bike for you...C-40
Jun 17, 2001 1:27 PM
Check out for fit info. You have to accurately measure your inseam and calculate frame size, to know what to ask for. Once you figure out your frame size, you can eliminate those that aren't made large enough. I would assume that you'll need something in the 62-64cm range, maybe larger, if you have long legs and a short torso.

You can always go to one of the many custom builders, and get a steel frame, with appropriate tubing for your size and weight.

You will need 36 spoke wheels with 14/15 gage spokes, and stout rims like Mavic CXP-33's.

I would also think that a triple crank would be best for someone of your size. Getting 300 lbs. up hills isn't going to be easy.
AbsolutelyRich Clark
Jun 17, 2001 4:06 PM
There's a bike for you, and you're absolutely correct to be looking at cycling as a means to fitness.

If you really want a road bike, look at touring bikes. They're designed to carry riders and lots of luggage on all sorts of roads and up severe grades. Their longer wheelbase and relaxed geometry makes them stable and easy to handle, while their heavy-duty 36-spoke wheels, wider tires, and cantilever brakes make them more comfortable, durable, and easier to stop than racing- or sport-style road bikes.

A lot of guys in your position would look at mountain bikes or hybrids, however, because it's cheaper to build a durable bike when weight isn't an issue.

You need the assistance of a good local bike shop. It's possible that a stock bike can be fit to you by swapping in an extra tall seatpost and a tall, extended-reach stem. Or that a good LBS can get a custom frame made for you at reasonable cost.

Fit is critical, especially for someone in your position, so don't try to do it yourself, any more than you'd try to tailor your own suits (assuming you're not a tailor!). Tour the local shops and talk to local riders to find the one that will be responsive to your needs and take the time to get you properly fit to the right bike for your needs and riding style.

Good luck, and have a great time!

check with Zinn and CurtloHank
Jun 17, 2001 4:18 PM
both big guys who know how to build bikes for big guys. Curtlo will be a lot more affordable.
check with Zinn and Curtlobadabill
Jun 17, 2001 7:50 PM
I ditto what hank says. You might be surprized what a deal you can get on a good custom frame. One of my riding partners is 6'8 and he can really hammer the flats, and drafting someone that big is allmost cheating:-) Cycling is a great way to lose weight and get in shape, good luck..