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larger cyclist interested in good bike!!!!(6 posts)

larger cyclist interested in good bike!!!!SIZE16
Mar 7, 2002 1:49 PM
'm about 6'6" 255 lbs and looking for a good road bike. need a solid performer that will hold up ,, i have been riding my schwinn moab 3 for 2 years now but want to branch out to road cycling. any ideas on a bike .. i have been looking at a trek 2300 63cm
Price?TonyR
Mar 7, 2002 2:03 PM
What's your price range?
Price?SIZE16
Mar 7, 2002 2:10 PM
i'm maxed out about $1800
Price?RutterMan
Mar 7, 2002 2:15 PM
Check out www.gvhbikes.com he's got some 64cm frames and build kits that are cheap, if I remember he's got a 64cm LandShark that's been on his website for a long time.
Price?TonyR
Mar 7, 2002 2:30 PM
GVH sells complete Landsharks for $1995.00 so it looks like that's out of his range. Plus the guy who welds Landsharks would recomend a special build up for a guy this size I am sure. Still that is a great deal, and I almost went for it when I bought my bike.
The reason I asked about price was that bikes aren't really made for big guys. I'm 50lbs lighter and was still careful when making my purchase.
I'd make 3 suggestions.
1.) Test ride everything, and ask lots of questions. If the bike feels rigid under you, that's good. If not, don't even consider it. Sprinting and climbing will give you the needed info.
2.) Make sure whatever you buy has a solid warranty.
3.) Wheelset durability is as important as frame durability. Make sure you get a tough set of wheels.

Hope this helps,
Tony
63cm is almost certainly too smallcory
Mar 7, 2002 2:24 PM
It varies a little depending on proportions, but I'm 6'4" and a 63 is too small for me. I ride a 64 but probably need a 66.
GVH is a good suggestion, and Gary often has 64cm bikes. Don't let anybody put you on anything smaller without a test ride, though. You'll probably have to change the stem to get the bars up where you want them in any case (getting the seat up is easy, but moving the bars can be tricky).