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by Paddywan
17 Apr 2019, 1:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 20st. mid-20's Beginner "cyclist" looking for advice on where to start
Replies: 81
Views: 3404

Re: 20st. mid-20's Beginner "cyclist" looking for advice on where to start

Okay, I'm back! So I ended up at the bike recycling place on Saturday and came away with a decathlon Rockrider 520 for only £140! Its not _precisely_ the type/style bike i was recommended to get, however they did do their best to lock the front suspension and turn it into a rigid frame as best they could, and at that price and with such a well kept condition frame/bike, I was really torn between that and the Carrera from Halfords, but that extra £100 saving really did push it over the edge for me, and after riding it around a bit I am very pleased with the bike. So, again, thanks to each and every one of you for guiding me through this journey into cycling. I am glad to report that I am now trying to make it a daily occurrence that I ride, even if not for long. Being 20st (finally dipped under for the first time at 128kg or something) and a relatively sedentary lifestyle, my stamina only allows to me ride for 20 minutes or so in "bursts" of energy before my legs have completely turned to jello and i'm peddling around in one of the easier gears, but I suppose that will never change unless I keep myself committed to both my diet & activity.

I'm not entirely sure if I enjoy it or not yet, it sure is a hell of a lot of effort and work and for the moment I'm too busy being focused on the what's, why's, and hows as well as safely navigating traffic. Perhaps once I've stuck at this for a while longer, built up some muscle mass and become accustomed to the bike I can start to enjoy my travels rather than see them as a means to an end.

Again, thanks to all who have helped me and contributed to this thread/discussion. All of your input has been both invaluable, encouraging, and extremely supportive. I will be sure to check back in with you guys soon.
by Paddywan
6 Apr 2019, 11:16am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 20st. mid-20's Beginner "cyclist" looking for advice on where to start
Replies: 81
Views: 3404

Re: 20st. mid-20's Beginner "cyclist" looking for advice on where to start

Update: Turn's out a small-medium frame fits me. Had a ride on a few bikes at the bike recycling place, but the only one which seemed to be a good fit for my requirements was around £140, and was made out of 3 different rigid frames. Front mech disc & rear V, however it was comfortable to ride, but I did not see any mountpoints for mudguards and it had those twisty gear shifters. I will go back next weekend when they will have some new stock and see if anything else jumps out at me. The people there were very helpful in searching for my requirements and gave me some very good advice, so not only did I thank them, but also you guys for recommending them to me. After I return next week, if I don't decide on anything while I'm there, it looks like the Carrera is going to likely be the choice I settle upon.

Again, thanks so much for everyones help. I feel much closer to being able to making a somewhat well-informed decision.
by Paddywan
5 Apr 2019, 2:53pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 20st. mid-20's Beginner "cyclist" looking for advice on where to start
Replies: 81
Views: 3404

Re: 20st. mid-20's Beginner "cyclist" looking for advice on where to start

The only issue with buying from the bike hub scheme I have is that I have no way of researching what exactly I am getting, their site does not list any bikes from what I can see: https://www.lifecycleuk.org.uk/buy-a-bike
https://www.lifecycleuk.org.uk/bike-recycling

I will be heading down tomorrow morning to check out their selection, however it leaves me hesitant as I have little/no way of knowing exactly how their sales operate, and if there will be any spec sheet for me to analyse exactly what components/frame/tyres will be used. Regardless, it is indeed a good suggestion and I will pay them a few visits before I come to any final decision. I guess I will find out tomorrow.
by Paddywan
5 Apr 2019, 1:49pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 20st. mid-20's Beginner "cyclist" looking for advice on where to start
Replies: 81
Views: 3404

Re: 20st. mid-20's Beginner "cyclist" looking for advice on where to start

slowster wrote:
Paddywan wrote:About the shoes: I only want this to prevent an future issues with plantar fasciitis which may lead to a 2 week recovery period in order for my tendons to heal up to the point I may cycle again. So far I'm 5 days into recovery from this issue and still get extremely sharp/jarring pains at certain angles, and have only just began walking more normally & bearing weight today. A previous commenter in this thread recommended them specifically for this issue, and I think that suggestion may be wise for me.

I cannot say for certain what's best. My instinct would be to avoid using clipless style pedals and use flat MTB pedals, as I and others have already suggested. You could use those with 'proper' cycling shoes to get the benefit of the stiffer sole most cycling shoes have (and with casual style cycling shoes you can usually use them without fitting the metal cleat required for clipless pedals - the cleat fixing points are usually covered by a rubber blanking plate or similar which you just leave in place instead of removing it to fit the metal cleat). However, I would have thought that you should be able to get adequate stiffness and support from many ordinary types of shoes. For example I use both Keen walking sandals and lightweight walking boots to cycle (as well as cleated cycling shoes with clipless pedals). What I would avoid are trainers with soft spongy soles.

However, I am not a doctor or podiatrist, and there are probably others on this forum who have more experience and expertise when it comes to something like plantar fasciitis. I would suggest therefore that at some point (when you've decided on a bike maybe), you post a new thread on this forum requesting advice specifically on the issue of plantar fasciitis and footwear.


Noted. This was my intention, to buy the shoes but stick with standard pedals. After more research on this, it appears "MTB shoes" have the cleat recessed into the sole, which is what I suppose i'd be looking for to use with standard pedals. Thank you for your input.
by Paddywan
5 Apr 2019, 1:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 20st. mid-20's Beginner "cyclist" looking for advice on where to start
Replies: 81
Views: 3404

Re: 20st. mid-20's Beginner "cyclist" looking for advice on where to start

£475 is significantly out of my price range considering the alternatives, and similarly I was rather hoping to avoid pre-owned if at all possible, I just don't feel comfortable in my ability to look over a bike and call it fit for purpose. All things considered, the subway 1 is looking to be my primary choice at this moment in time.
by Paddywan
5 Apr 2019, 12:26pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 20st. mid-20's Beginner "cyclist" looking for advice on where to start
Replies: 81
Views: 3404

Re: 20st. mid-20's Beginner "cyclist" looking for advice on where to start

Okay. No disc breaks, no freewheel. It did take some persuasion but I trust that you all have my best interest at heart, as you have all put so much time into detailing the why's and how's.

However: This still leaves me with very limited options to choose from especially from decathlon, who do not seem to offer any rigid-frame hybrid/MTB which do not use a freewheel. However it does appear, as the previous comment suggested that the carerra subway 1 uses a cassette and not a freewheel. So far, it appears that this option is the only one which fits the bill, although it still maintains mechanical disc breaks. Where else would I be able to find a rigid frame that does not use a freewheel design? I'm really struggling to meet that specification.

About the shoes: I only want this to prevent an future issues with plantar fasciitis which may lead to a 2 week recovery period in order for my tendons to heal up to the point I may cycle again. So far I'm 5 days into recovery from this issue and still get extremely sharp/jarring pains at certain angles, and have only just began walking more normally & bearing weight today. A previous commenter in this thread recommended them specifically for this issue, and I think that suggestion may be wise for me.
by Paddywan
5 Apr 2019, 11:11am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 20st. mid-20's Beginner "cyclist" looking for advice on where to start
Replies: 81
Views: 3404

Re: 20st. mid-20's Beginner "cyclist" looking for advice on where to start

Hmm, I have further looked into rigid options, but am again stuck for choice when considering mechanical/hydraulic disc breaks. It seems that rigid MTB's are rather limited in number, and hybrids even more so, although I've only been using Halfords & Decathlon for my searches. Are there any other resellers who would be recommended (at a similar price point?)?

#Edit: Noted peteey.
by Paddywan
4 Apr 2019, 11:39pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 20st. mid-20's Beginner "cyclist" looking for advice on where to start
Replies: 81
Views: 3404

Re: 20st. mid-20's Beginner "cyclist" looking for advice on where to start

So, from what I can tell, If I want a rigid bike then I'm out of luck with Decathlon unless I drop the disc breaks too. Can't say I'm too fond of this option, but the Carrera Subway 1 or 2 supposedly meets these criteria, however there does seem to be somewhat negative feedback from this community. It is cheap enough new that I would be able to afford it and do away with any second hand hassle & me being a novice and not knowing what to look for / how to check the bike over. But similarly, both the Decathlon Rockrider 520 & the Carrera hellcat appear to be a very reasonable price offering front suspension alongside disc breaks.

I'm not entirely sure which I should go for, on one hand it has been recommended that front suspension may do my weight a disservice, but on the other hand I would like a bike to be capable to allow me to try all that cycling has to offer as it has been clearly pointed out that as of this moment, I do not know what I will enjoy the most. Perhaps more to the point, would a bike with front suspension, carrying my sort of weight even be more capable of tackling off-road terrain (nothing extreme)? I feel I am close to making a decision and with these options / price range I would feel most comfortable purchasing new rather than pre-owned.

ohh and a small side note... About these hard soled shoes... I honestly only want hard soles but it seems that they all come with this fancy clip system, which as a complete novice, am rather anxious/afraid of being clipped in and not being able to take my foot out when needed. I honestly don't think this clip system is suited towards me, so what hard-soles would be the best fit for myself, or can i just choose anything to use with normal pedals?

#edit: forgive my ignorance, but even after researching, i'm not entirely sure what the difference between a hub and freewheel is and how that effects me. Do any of the bikes I listed conform to your suggested specification Vorpal?

Again, thanks for the constant advice and guidance. You guys have been a godsend.
by Paddywan
4 Apr 2019, 6:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 20st. mid-20's Beginner "cyclist" looking for advice on where to start
Replies: 81
Views: 3404

Re: 20st. mid-20's Beginner "cyclist" looking for advice on where to start

Vorpal wrote:I also suggested a bike hub or similar. Though I don't know the Bristol area to make specific recommendations.

I doubt that the OP is ignoring the advice, however. They've got lots of information to process.


^

I did look and saw friday/saturday sales/auctions every weekend. I will be paying a visit to see what is on offer.
by Paddywan
4 Apr 2019, 3:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 20st. mid-20's Beginner "cyclist" looking for advice on where to start
Replies: 81
Views: 3404

Re: 20st. mid-20's Beginner "cyclist" looking for advice on where to start

Wow, some very thoughtful points here. As for my motivation, I NEED to lose weight and NEED to get active to improve my physical well being as well as my mental well being. With running out of the question for now, and swimming having me hate myself at the thought of it, I see cycling as one of the few options left to me, and will hopefully come to enjoy the experience, but who knows what the future holds. Regardless, your comment on this topic is incredibly insightful and broad in terms of possibility. Your caution has been noted.

I would indeed like to cycle off-road, I feel there is less severe danger on tracks than roads. Small chance of death but larger chance of minor injury I suppose. I think you also raise some very good points in regards to the mud guards, this is something I have not considered up until now, but is something I believe will be required for me to commit to this activity for the majority of the year.

In regards to my injury, yes you are indeed correct. I am all to aware now of how poorly my body has been treated, I will endeavour to start this activity with low intensity and slowly build my way up to burning off my fat, and enjoying the experience while I'm doing it. Thank you for reinforcing this point that it shouldn't solely be for a means to an end. I must say I do like the idea of it, but still have no experience so am unable to judge any enjoyment as of yet. I guess I just need to try it and find out.

As for consciously trying to lose weight, unfortunately I am at a point in my life where this is my only option, and my GP agree's. I have a moderate amount of mental / depressive behaviours & thoughts, lack of confidence in my own abilities and my GP agree's that counselling / talking therapies & courses alongside a more active lifestyle and less time behind the computer screen is likely my best course of action in order to increase my motivation in life in general & to help me "get back on my bike" and secure the career that I want, but don't have. This is my ultimate goal, and cycling is just one tool I will be using to achieve this, but as you have put so well, I hope that this will be something I soon come to love, enjoy, and depend upon.

Thanks for your incredibly well written and insightful post. I have much to think about slowster.

Thank you Vorpal for clearing up my misconceptions. I will take the comments on board and try and find something suitable, although knowing that its possible to acquire something suitable to my needs as new, I might opt for this option to prevent the possibility of my noobishness overlooking something that should have been obvious to the more experienced. And unfortunately no, I do not have anyone who can vet a purchase for me, which is why I am posting here. I'll definitely ask for comments before I decide to purchase.

eileithyia, I have indeed been looking into Decathlon's MTB's at greater detail, and will take a look at their rigid frames. They seem to be a very reasonable option for me to avoid requiring knowledge on wear & tear.
by Paddywan
4 Apr 2019, 2:13pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 20st. mid-20's Beginner "cyclist" looking for advice on where to start
Replies: 81
Views: 3404

Re: 20st. mid-20's Beginner "cyclist" looking for advice on where to start

Pneumatic suspension seems beyond my price point, but some ability to absorb shock is better than none, although not strictly necessary I suppose. That rigid bike sold for an incredibly low price, which surely is appealing in itself, however due to how ebay typically works I would be hesitant to pay money for something without seeing it first, and similarly fuel will add up if I must travel multiple medium distances to pick out what i feel suites me best. This carerra option does seem to be more fitting to my price range however, so I'm currently researching these a bit more now, and would likely be able to afford them as new, and similarly for the first decathlon which you posted. Some good points have been raised over my ability to be aware of issues & be capable of repairing pre-owned bikes, so this does leave me wondering if it would be better to bite the bullet and buy a cheap carerra from halfords as new instead. I will keep researching the possibilities.
by Paddywan
4 Apr 2019, 1:36pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 20st. mid-20's Beginner "cyclist" looking for advice on where to start
Replies: 81
Views: 3404

Re: 20st. mid-20's Beginner "cyclist" looking for advice on where to start

Brucey wrote:there are two main reasons for suggesting an older MTB

1) it will be cheaper to buy and

2) it will (all things being equal) be quite a lot stronger if it is fitted with 26" (559) wheels rather than 700C (622) wheels. (Thorn use 26" wheels for their 'expedition tourers' for this reason)


With road-biased tyres fitted 26" wheels roll down the road quite swiftly enough. Since a good portion of average halfords customers don't actually ride their bikes having bought them, there is usually no shortage of virtually unused Carrera subways and the like available on gumtree, for peanuts. You can usually get something like this

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for £100 to £150. They are actually pretty good bikes, once they are bolted together properly.

cheers


Huh, thats very interesting, I thought that MTB's have full suspension? Seems I still have much to learn, but that is a very reasonable option and it does actually seem to fulfil all the criteria for a significantly lower price. I suppose I would like to have front forks for absorbing any height differential on my travels, however I suppose that is more of a preference than a requirement. I will follow up with your suggestion and will research MTB's as well. Thanks again for your input.
by Paddywan
4 Apr 2019, 12:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 20st. mid-20's Beginner "cyclist" looking for advice on where to start
Replies: 81
Views: 3404

Re: 20st. mid-20's Beginner "cyclist" looking for advice on where to start

horizon wrote:
simonhill wrote:Surprised no one has asked about budget.


paddywan wrote:
I've quit smoking,


So basically he can walk into Evans and name his price, so to speak.

"Smoking is expensive and you might be surprised at how it all adds up. On average, most people who quit save around £250 each month. That's nearly £3,000 a year going up in smoke"



Hah, if only it worked this way. I don't suddenly have £3000 available in my account because i quit smoking two weeks ago, in fact its the opposite. I am in a worse position now than before I quit, as I have been focusing on attempting to get myself fit & healthy and to keep myself quit. Clothing, shoes, exercise equipment, matts, weights, nicotine substitutes, fresh veg, fruit & fish is all quickly adding up, however I expect it to start to even out after the initial setup costs for my goals. So no; I have not come in to more money than before as a result of quitting smoking, it is in fact the opposite due to the further changes I am making to my lifestyle.

but to the point: Max budget is £300 in the ideal world. Anything over that is really stretching it considering i'd still need helmet & supposedly shoes & pedals at a minimum (no not those fancy clip things, just want hard soles for my problematic tendons.)
by Paddywan
4 Apr 2019, 12:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 20st. mid-20's Beginner "cyclist" looking for advice on where to start
Replies: 81
Views: 3404

Re: 20st. mid-20's Beginner "cyclist" looking for advice on where to start

Holy... Such overwhelmingly positive and helpful responses. Thank you all so very much!

Thelawnet: Thank you so much for your incredibly detailed response on looking over used bikes, this is going to be invaluable to me in making a purchase, and for similarly warning me about needing a small chainring, this is potentially something I would have overlooked with the Decathlon bikes that Rotavator suggested.

Thanks for the MTB suggestion Brucey, but after some hours of googling and youtube, it appears that these hybrid/"urban" bikes appear to be more suited to my purposes, and have spent most of my time researching my different options amongst this category. Similarly as the other post that Thelawnet suggestion had mentioned, apparently aluminium frames cope perfectly well with 20 stone of weight, so I think I might allow for this possibility as it dramatically increases the range of bikes available in my search.

Thirdcrank, No, cycling does not equal weight loss, but combined with a negative calorie daily consumption I would assume that the only possible outcome from taking up cycling is to further increase my weight loss. Currently I am consuming double portion of veg, single portion of carbs, and single portion of white fish for dinner plus a single yoghurt in the evenings, and am very strict about my diet & portion control. So far I've lost 5kg and am coming up on -7.5kg this week if the trend follows. I would very much like to combine this with cycling to further accelerate my weight loss & start to get me generally fit & active, as my life currently is for the most part sedentary. I'm not entirely sure how picking up cycling is going to affect my hunger, but I guess this is something I will soon be finding out, and hope I will be able to manage it.

Thank you petee for your kind words. I'm located near Bristol, and am willing to drive 30-50 miles for the right bike. Searching gumtree has revealed some bikes around my area, as well as across the stream in Wales, however I suppose I should be cautious of gumtree posts / any second hand bike sale and double check that bikes aren't stolen.

Vorpal these bikability lessons sound like something I need. Although I drive and am acutely aware of the rules of the road, I feel incredibly anxious about how to cope with lane changes, roundabouts / 3'rd exits. I will endeavour to look into these communities & services.

Thanks for the suggestion Atlas, but I'm not entirely sure there are any non-flashy bikes, they all seem to look flashy in one way or another, but yes, I don't exactly want either myself or the bike to stand out and become a target.

Cugel, you present an interesting point of view, however the price point of these I think is too much for me, and would have to make sacrifices on other equipment to make it work, so for this reason I think I would have to opt against it. Ideally I don't want to spend any more than £300, and anything cheaper is of course an obvious bonus.

Dear all: Your responses have been both enlightening, confusing, conflicting, but similarly make a lot of sense. After researching many terms, figuring out the difference between a sprocket and a chainring, what size bike I would need, what a Hybrid is and why its different to a road bike or a mountain bike, I believe that I am looking for is indeed a Hybrid, but it appears that Steel frame hybrids do indeed limit my options of what bikes there are to choose from, and similarly not all steel bikes appear to come with both disc breaks and high gearing ratios? After much research, and going by the comments from the thread linked by Thelawnet, a 19st. bike rider commented that he has 3 aluminium framed bikes and has never had issue with his weight being mechanically problematic for the bikes. Thus I believe in order to increase the range of available bikes & features I will not stick specifically to a steel framed bike. That being said, I do believe that high gearing is essential to move my mass up hills, and similarly disc breaks are essential to stop my mass from rolling down the hills uncontrollably. I just cannot imagine two little rubber pads on a rim having enough friction to combat the forces of gravity upon my mass, although I may well be mistaken as I have 0 experience of this situation, so please correct my assumption if you have personal experience that suggests otherwise.

As Rotavator suggested, I have taken a look over decathlons website at their hybrids, however I couldn't find a bike which met all requirements. Disc breaks meant no smaller toothed chainring, and similarly having multiple chainrings seems to equate to no disc breaks, so for this reason it seems that I need to look elsewhere. After watching a few youtube video's of recommended hybrid bikes, the brands of Merida and Specialized seemed to crop up frequently, however they are both significantly more pricey than decathlon. After some second-hand searching, it appears that I can pick up a Specialized Crosstrail for anywhere between £250 and £320 as of current gumtree posts which does indeed fit the price point I am looking for, however should i be suspicious of a £250 Specialized vs £320? I don't want to buy a stolen bike. The Merida's on the other hand appear to be Australian imports, and are far more limited in second hand offerings, so it appears that this bike is out of my price range. This is the extent of my research so far, and will continue my search for the right bike for me. Does anyone know of other Hybrid bike brand/models which would be good to investigate given these requirements?

Again, thank you all for your help & input.
by Paddywan
3 Apr 2019, 5:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 20st. mid-20's Beginner "cyclist" looking for advice on where to start
Replies: 81
Views: 3404

20st. mid-20's Beginner "cyclist" looking for advice on where to start

Hi guys,

After visiting my GP's over the passed few weeks I've quit smoking, been eating healthily, and on Monday began walking in order to start burning calories, however after walking just 3 miles in an hour, 10 minutes into my walk i felt pain in my right ankle, which continued for the remainder of the walk and throughout the day progressed into sharp heel pain & a sleepless night. Plantar fasciitis is apparently a recurring condition and I have been advised to cease walking and to look into swimming & cycling.

I am very much a beginner, and have no clue where I would even start. Last time I cycled was in my early teens, so I figured perhaps you guys might have some advice for me, particularly any of you who have previously been at a similar weight and experienced related issues when it comes to cycling. Apart from general advice to a person of my stature, I would like to know how I even go about choosing a bike to begin with. There are so many different variations, different "systems" and different styles, that it is all really rather confusing to know what suites my needs the best, and would be capable of coping with my weight.

Similarly, I suppose I should say that I live in a residential area, however we do have wide roads which circle the town, have plenty of cycle lanes & low traffic at non-rush hour times. Furthermore I have access to hills/inclines within 2-3 miles, however I have no knowledge of "off-road" tracks and am not even sure if I would be capable of these, or if it would be conducive to weight loss or not. Ideally I would be looking to buy second hand, so would prefer suggestions for a type/style? of bike rather than a specific make/model, however "recommended" / good quality manufacturer names would also be greatly appreciated. Once bought, I intend to stick with this bike for a significant amount of miles, enough to burn through at least 1/4 of my body weight, to get into a position where I can feel "normal" ish again and get my career back on-track, so how would I go about coming to a conclusion that a specific bike is in "good condition" and can cope with the stress/mileage I'm about to put on it? I really cannot afford to make more than one purchase. What should I look for when I go to inspect a second hand bike? Are there any indicators of wear&tear that should be checked before making a purchase?

I suppose there are many other questions that I should be asking, however, forgive my ignorance as I know not what else should be asked, or what I might need to know. I have done some research on this before, but was never able to come to any conclusion and commit to purchasing & engaging in cycling, so almost everything here is going to be entirely new for me.

Thank you for any and all responses.