Bike for a big guy - Help?!?!?

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Bike for a big guy - Help?!?!?

Postby bigboyonbike » 19 Jun 2020, 4:25pm

So I've bit the bullet and decided I've put off trying to get fit long enough. Cycling is going to play a part in achieving this. Nothing crazy as I've been doing 5km per day which is a jump for me. I'm hoping in the long term between 1-20 miles daily would be perfect so I'm no athlete and don't aspire to be.
The challenge I've got is my old Halcyon hybrid bike is okay for this so far but I think there must be bikes out there designed for those of us with a bigger frame. I'm just over 6ft and about 25 stone(the bit I want to change)

In terms of budget I don't want to spend a fortune but could go up to £1000.
I'll be riding on trail, some local road and fields.

I keep reading about fat bikes and the mongoose dolomite being great for a big guy but this seems a thing of the past maybe?

I'd love any suggestions and any help is really appreciated!

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Re: Bike for a big guy - Help?!?!?

Postby gbnz » 19 Jun 2020, 7:02pm

Hmm...have to admit I'd forget about replacing the bike at present. The bike is a secondary issue, in comparison with the weight loss (NB. Under the "Health and Fitness" section, there's an excellent thread on weight loss at present).

That said, at 25 stone you are carrying a considerable weight. Somewhere in the region of a good 50-60kg+ more than I've ever carried on a bike, even when on a long tour (NB. Including the weight of tent, sleeping bag, books, food etc). I'd presume your tyres and wheels are the weakest points, so ensure they're in good condition, heavy duty in nature, perhaps even get a bike shop to have a check over the wheels, bike frame, handlebars and seat post in general to ensure there aren't any obvious weak points (NB. Presuming you don't have the skill/knowledge at present).

And give yourself a reward! A new bike at 15 stone? (NB. I need to drop half a stone, being nearly 13 stone at 6'2" :oops: . Nothing to do with the bike, simply several months binging out on Pain Au Chocolates etc!)

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Re: Bike for a big guy - Help?!?!?

Postby Cyril Haearn » 20 Jun 2020, 11:17am

This has often been mentioned before, try searching these fora
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Re: Bike for a big guy - Help?!?!?

Postby Vorpal » 20 Jun 2020, 11:55am

There have been a few threads on this topic before.

You can try your own searches based on the recommendations in these threads?
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