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Help! I didn't win the ebay auction, and I want a bike.(13 posts)

Help! I didn't win the ebay auction, and I want a bike.cyclingforhealth
Aug 24, 2003 4:56 AM
I have told you a little about myself. I am interested in dropping over 100 pounds in a realistic time frame. I weigh in at just over 3000 pounds. A recent visit to my doctor had him express his concern for my health. I have decided to take charge and lose weight. I have chosen bicycling for for my exercise program. I have one problem. I don't have a bike. Could someone please recommend some bikes for me and my situation.
re: Help! I didn't win the ebay auction, and I want a bike.cyclingforhealth
Aug 24, 2003 4:58 AM
Before the fat jokes start. I meant to type 300 pounds. I am not 3000 pounds.
re: Help! I didn't win the ebay auction, and I want a bike.YoungRcR
Aug 24, 2003 5:52 AM
i got a bike for sale. Brand new never ridden Trek 5500 frame size 58, full dura ace with around 1500 miles on it, deda magic bar and stam, rolf sestriere wheels. Selle italia flite saddle. $2300 OBO.
re: Help! I didn't win the ebay auction, and I want a bike.cyclingforhealth
Aug 24, 2003 7:51 AM
That is more than I want to spend. Thanks for telling me about it. Is that a cross bike? I do not know that much about Treks. It sounds fancy though.
Well that certainly makes losing the weight easierLeonnard
Aug 24, 2003 8:13 AM
"I meant to type 300 pounds. I am not 3000 pounds."
Well that certainly makes losing the weight easier.
Well that certainly makes losing the weight easiercyclingforhealth
Aug 24, 2003 9:08 AM
If I was 3000 pounds I would be looking for a semi and trailer to haul my fast ass and not a bicycle.
re: Help! I didn't win the ebay auction, and I want a bike.geeker
Aug 24, 2003 6:08 AM
You haven't said anything about your height, or what kind of riding you want to do, or much that would help in recommendations.

Off the top of my head, I'd suggest a touring bike, as it's built sturdy to carry your weight, and has more "relaxed" geometry than "race bikes", thus more comfortable. If possible (not that many LBS seem to carry tourers), look for a Cannondale or Trek dealer who have touring models in stock, and have them "fit you". Companies like Fuji and Jamis probably also have tourers. Maybe phone ahead to the LBS to see if they have anything.
re: Help! I didn't win the ebay auction, and I want a bike.cyclingforhealth
Aug 24, 2003 7:55 AM
I am new to this. I just want to go out a buy a bicyle that I can ride to help lose weight. That is my goal. The gentleman who posted the $2300 bicycle was very kind to offer it to me. I am looking not to spend even remotely close to that. I am 5'11" and I weigh 306 pounds. Tell me more about the touring bikes. What would one cost. I am a big man. It will have to support my weight.
re: Help! I didn't win the ebay auction, and I want a bike.geeker
Aug 24, 2003 8:41 AM
Some touring bike models are:

Fuji Touring
Trek 520
Cannondale T800 (T2000 is more expensive)
Jamis Nova (cyclocross bike, but can be used for touring).

I'd guess the MSRP on these are in the $800-1000 range. Maybe the Fuji would be cheapest (Fuji generally is a good value) They all should support your weight: they have stout frames (designed to carry rider + panniers over rough roads), 36-spoke wheels, and run fat (30mm+) tires. The touring models (I'm not absolutely certain abt Jamis Nova) have triple chainrings and low gearing, which is nice for a new rider.
re: Help! I didn't win the ebay auction, and I want a bike.aliensporebomb
Aug 24, 2003 7:42 AM
Consider visiting a local bike shop. If you are worried about
appearing in a shop at your weight and wondering if they'll
give you a hard time they shouldn't if they're a good shop.

Ideally if more people ride the shop does better and everyone
is healthier and better off.

What I would look at is trying out a recumbent since it will
likely be more comfortable on your butt to be perfectly honest
about it and if you are comfortable you are more likely to
stick with riding.

Another possibility would be a mountain bike or comfort
bike style frame with slicks instead of knobbies (if you
envision yourself riding thru the dirt paths in the woods
then knobbies might be okay).

Since you're just starting out I'd not hesitate to say
check out your local bike shop just to see what they have.
Seeing all the shiny new bikes can be inspiring.

Try out several bikes in your budget range and give
some thought to trying out a recumbent simply because
of the comfort factor.

Good luck.
Consider a Hybrid (sacriledge to many on this board)Continental
Aug 24, 2003 9:41 AM
My wife and I bought Trek 720 hybrids about 7 years ago new for under $300. They are sturdy, well built bikes with a comfortable upright position, wider tires, and wide gear range, and wider, softer seat. They're fine for riding an hour or so. I rode mine 60 miles once and I was fine. These bikes are good on paved roads and also gravel paths. Fuji, Giant, And Trek will all have good quality bikes for under $300. I bought my daughter a Fuji hybrid, and it's been great. Avoid suspension forks. My wife lost 40 lbs, by riding a few times a week and eating healthier foods for about half of her meals. The riding really can make you feel good and improve your mental and emotional outlook, which makes it easier to avoid junk food.

A lot of posters on this board will look down there noses at hybrids, but they're good bikes for beginning fitness riders. You're not ready for a racing design road bike. A touring bike like the Fuji touring might be OK if you are comfortable with the drop bars, but it will cost over $600.
Visit your LBSngl
Aug 24, 2003 10:27 AM
I agree with aliensporebomb. Drop into your local bike shop ( or have a friend refer one to you if there are many in your area). A LBS will help you pick a bike best suited to your needs ( style, fit, tires, etc.) and will most likely swap out components as needed. Your first bike is very important... and may make the difference of it just collecting dust, or, you becomming an avid cyclist.
GOOD LUCK AND KEEP US POSTED IN YOUR PROGRESS!!
re: Help! I didn't win the ebay auction, and I want a bike.smcintos
Aug 24, 2003 6:38 PM
I am a big guy like you and I started with a TREK 720, this year I wanted more of a road bike and got a JAMIS NOVA. I have loved the NOVA . It is sturdy and has a steel frame. SO far it has been very sound. I think you should look at several different bikes but a cyclocross is more sturdy and may be what you like.