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Hi there! I've been reading this forum for a couple of days, and I am excited to find that there is such a great community of extra-large people here! At 6'2", 325 lbs, with size 14 EEEE feet, I wasn't even sure whether a bicycle could hold my weight or accomodate my size before I started reading all of your posts!

So I'm going to buy a decent bike for transportation, weight loss, and fun. I plan to check out the Specialized Hardrock Sport and other bikes in that general price range. It sounds like my local bike shop will be the most help for choosing a specific model, but do you guys have any tips?
 

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welcome big guy.:)

I hear you on the foot thing. 13 EEEE myself.

I ride with Vans skater shoes and shin shredding flats.
 

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Haha well, I just bought a bike. It's amazing how quickly it can happen!

The salesman at my local store was great, and with his help I actually ended up buying a hybrid rather than a mountain bike, so you guys will all probably think I'm lame.

I got a Specialized Globe Vienna. I tried out the hardrock and a canondale and a couple of other mountain bikes, and they just weren't comfortable enough. The salesman told me that the front suspension in this price range is a little crappy, and they just weren't really holding up to the force I was exerting. What's the point of a suspension that is always compressed? Haha.

The Specialized Globe fit great, feels solid, and will suit me just fine! I was happy to walk out of there having spent about half of what I was ready to spend! Here's a link to the stats on bikepedia: http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/BikeSpecs.aspx?ItemID=15682&Type=bike What do you think? Anything glaringly need to be upgraded?

Anyway, thanks again to all you clydesdales for inspiring me to get in the saddle.
 

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Sweet looking bike! I wish I would have bought one of those for my reintroduction into biking instead of the Diamondback comfort bike with the shitty sus fork. I don't think anyone will give you grief for going with a hybrid. It is a MUST you buy a bike that is comfortable to you otherwise you will not ride it.

There are plenty of things to upgrade on the bike but I wouldn't bother just yet. Wait until things start breaking and you begin to figure out what you like and dislike about it.

I will say this: If you find you like biking, prepare to buy yourself another bike. I bought my $300 comfort bike in April and turned around and bought a $1000 MTB last month. Biking is addictive......and expensive

Good luck!.
 

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Fam Money said:
Sweet looking bike! I wish I would have bought one of those for my reintroduction into biking instead of the Diamondback comfort bike with the shitty sus fork. I don't think anyone will give you grief for going with a hybrid. It is a MUST you buy a bike that is comfortable to you otherwise you will not ride it.

There are plenty of things to upgrade on the bike but I wouldn't bother just yet. Wait until things start breaking and you begin to figure out what you like and dislike about it.

I will say this: If you find you like biking, prepare to buy yourself another bike. I bought my $300 comfort bike in April and turned around and bought a $1000 MTB last month. Biking is addictive......and expensive

Good luck!.
+1 with all the above!

Good Luck, have fun, break stuff...bike stuff, that is!
 

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Burger in a Can said:
so you guys will all probably think I'm lame.
No. Doesn't matter what you ride, just as long as you ride!

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Anyway, thanks again to all you clydesdales for inspiring me to get in the saddle.
Don't thank us for inspiration, thank yourself for determination.
 

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Thanks guys! I went out for 3 rides yesterday- it was so much fun! I definitely agree about comfort being important. I bought a crappy Wal-Mart mountain bike about 3 years ago and the damn thing was so uncomfortable, flexy, and unsteady. At the time I thought the problem was me- that I was too heavy and out of shape. Needless to say, I never rode the thing. My experience with this bike has shown me that it was actually the bicycle's fault! Anyway, thanks again.
 
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