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LANTECH19446's Photo LANTECH19446 Posts: 281
8/27/10 4:51 P

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I agree with you if you're talking about building them realistically you can customize a bike to be just about anything you want these days. just saying store bought bikes like cannondale, specialized, cervelo, etc are all interesting in building 20-30mph bikes that are ultra-light carbon fiber frames and even wheels on some of them and that a 300lb person would be ill advised to go buy one of those.

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8/24/10 3:40 P

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Most quality bicycles have generous safety margins built into their design. 300lb is not unreasonable for a road bike. Some "stupid light" components marketed to cyclists trying to shave every gram will not hold up but even when maximum weights are listed for frames they should be safe well above. I've been riding the same road bike for 25 years weighing anywhere from 175 to 315 at different times in my life.

While frames strength is usually not an issue for Clydesdales, wheels and tires can be. The wheels that come on new bikes may not hold up for heavier riders and the tires may be too skinny to avoid pinch flats and dented rims. 300 lb riders should be on at least 28mm wide tires and sadly some road bikes can not fit tires that large. Beefier wheels can be built. Touring rims will be plenty strong but many aero rims are also super strong like Velocity Deep V. 36 spokes are better than 32 though 36 hole hubs and rims can be a challenge to find these days.

The point I'm making is that if you want a road bike you should be able to build a suitable road bike even if you are 300 lbs.

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8/23/10 10:25 A

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I ride a Madone as well, and I know I *still* grin when I go for a ride! And I've had the bike for almost 6 years...

Congrats on the new bikes. Wishing you both many happy miles.

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8/23/10 9:34 A

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Mailmanvic, Enjoy your bikes. I have a Trek Pilot 2.1 WSD and love it. I can only ride mine inside on a trainer right now due to my broken arm. Put in some miles for me.

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8/23/10 1:53 A

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We got our bikes. A Madone 4.5 and a Trek 2.1 WSD. We didn't have much time for a ride today but managed to get them out for a short ride. I love it. 13 miles, went up a good hill and came roaring down at 38 mph. Es loves her bike as well. Grinning from ear to ear. That will put a smile on my face every time.

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8/22/10 1:13 P

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Enjoy!


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8/22/10 11:28 A

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Thank you everyone for the replies. It has helped us in our decision. We are going to go with a road bike for my wife. We are going to test ride some bikes today to see how they fit her. I think I am going to get a Trek Madone 4.5. Pretty excited, it feels like Christmas.

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8/22/10 5:48 A

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Right now I'm riding a road bike in my living room. Broke my arm on a ride 3 weeks ago. Check out my page. Anyway, I love my Trek Pilot 2.1. I rode a nice hybrid for years but the road bike made such a huge difference. Last year I rode a total 2264 miles. This year I was up to 2250 miles until the "crash". I plan on hitting 6000 by my 60th birthday which is one year from next Friday.

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8/21/10 11:51 P

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I think there's one thing being overlooked here, we're on a weight loss website which means that we're probably still overweight. road bikes have weight limitations much over 200lbs you're likely to bend or break the frame depending on it's construction. This isn't a low end bike issue canondale, cervelo, and pinarello will all have this issue so if you're pushing 300 like i am you'll need a mountain bike or hybrid. If this is the case and you prefer the price of a mountain bike I would look at specialized they make a few inexpensive models that are disc brake capable have adjustable front suspensions rigid tails and specialized sells a tire option inexpensively that uses lower treads and a more narrow tire on the stock rims which will definitely help you move a bit faster. At my normal sustainable pace I can hit about 9-10 mph which mountain tires on the hardrock my expectation is with the road hybrid tires on it you can hit 12-13 so with minimal extra effort you can keep up to a group with it.

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8/21/10 11:04 A

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I, too, have both bikes and would definitely use a road bike in club rides. I've never even seen anyone use a hybrid bike in a club ride. She most likely would not be able to keep up with club riders on a hybrid.

I kept my hybrid when I upgraded to a road bike because we live right by a crushed limestone path that is NOT GOOD FOR A ROAD BIKE. I like riding the path and use my hybrid for that. Once in a blue moon, I see someone on a road bike on that path, but it is highly not recommended!

Best wishes on your decision.


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8/20/10 5:47 P

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The biggest liability most hybrids have is the handlebars. Truth be known most 700c hybrids could be almost as fast as road bikes with drop handlebars and good road rubber. Doing this ends you up with a great bike for club and charity rides but by the time you replace the stem, handlebars, and brake-shifters you usually spend more than you would if you just got an entry level road bike to start with.

Good bike shops host rides for all levels of riders from beginners on their first group ride all the way to hard core racers. The bike shop I worked at longest had "no drop" rides. These groups would ride slow enough for the slowest rider to be comfortable and when anyone flatted or had bike trouble everyone would stop. Your wife should buy whatever style of bike she prefers and ride with groups that have similar paces.

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8/20/10 3:01 P

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Just something to keep in mind: there is a *reason* there are so many comfort bikes and hybrids on craigslist. And so few road bikes.

Also, check out the local bike group. See what they ride. Even before you get your bikes, you can meet them before a ride, introduce yourselves, and see what is going on. Make sure it's a speed-appropriate ride. For my local bike club, there is a social group, then 10-12 mph, 13-15 mph, 16-19 mph and 20+.

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8/20/10 1:46 P

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I have both type of bikes. I only ride the hybrid in messy Winter weather but it is nice to have it to lend to friends who want to ride with me.
When I bought my carbon fiber road bike it felt like it was beyond my budget. I am so happy that I made the extra investment as it makes it easy to keep up with much younger, more experienced riders. emoticon

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8/20/10 12:01 P

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I love my mountain bike. I can easily hit 18 MPH on a paved trial, but wouldn't want to do that for very long. I think a road bike is best. The two main differences are gearing and weight. The extra weight of the confort bike (suspension or not) makes you feel more comfortable at the slower speeds, going over obstacles etc. I like the craigs list suggestion, as comfort bikes are a dime a dozen. If you are on a budget or if she is really that hesitant get a price point road bike (I think wallmart has canondale road bikes). Some of her hesitation may be that she is having doubts about being able to keep up. Like the person that bought a cabon road bike, I think if she got on it, she would just fly and be hooked.
When I want comfort at road speeds, I ride my trek 420 circa 1983. I can easily maintain speeds in the low 20's and the chromoly steel give a smooth ride. The weight does get to me though and not sure I would ride it over 25-30 miles.

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8/20/10 10:39 A

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I have a Trek 7200 - hybrid.
My old bike is a '92 Giant Innova - quasi road, if you will.

I like my hybrid for comfort, tootling around town, and maybe 10-12 mi. on the MUT. It eats a lot of energy, though and is a very slow bike. I'm blaming the front suspension--I've locked it down as much as possible and am once again in the 3rd chain ring. With the suspension open, I was in the Granny Gears.

My old Innova is great for the road, better gearing, better position, BUT the ride is not that comfortable. Some day, when my conditioning can justify it, I'll upgrade to a newer road bike. The clubs around here won't let you ride unless you have a bona fide road bike -- you'll get dropped.

Just an aside, around here, there's a TON of hybrids on Craigslist for less $$ and in great condition. If she's just looking to try it out, this might be a good route. Another option is to rent a model you're considering from an LBS before making a purchase commitment.

Would like to hear what you ended up with! :)

ETA: PS -- forgot to mention that not all hybrids have front suspensions. It does make for a comfy ride, though. Also, both my bikes have 700c tires with road treads. Have you looked at maybe a Trek 7.2 or 7.3 FX or a Fuji Absolute? (just tossin' those out there...)

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8/20/10 9:41 A

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I agree with what the others have said - road bike! Some clubs will discourage you from riding with them if you don't have one because there are minimum speeds to maintain (for the slow end, usually 15 mph) and you generally can't reach that on a hybrid. Plus just the comfort of riding for longer times. I have a mountain bike that I commute on, but if I have to go over ~30 minutes, I'll switch to my road bike because it's more comfortable and faster.

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8/20/10 9:30 A

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If you plan on joining a local club and participating in club rides you need a road bike. There is a big difference in comfort and speed. It is hard to believe but it is true. Go to your LBS and test drive a hybrid and a roadbike and you will see the difference. I started this year using a hybrid and thought it was great until I really started putting on the miles and riding with others.
I then purchased a carbon roadbike and have never looked back. If she is only going to ride 10-15 miles per ride maybe a hybrid would work. If she catches the bug and wants to do more and more..must get a road bike.

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8/20/10 9:23 A

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I have had both and I like my Road bike better. As for keeping up I was able to keep up but not with the real fast riders and that could have just been me. I love my Road bike and this season I can see the difference in me. Both times I went from a Hybrid to a Road I improved but both times I wish I would have gotten the Road bike.

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8/20/10 9:16 A

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Hi everyone! I would like to see what your opinion is. My wife and I just started into cycling and am riding mtn.bikes until we are able to get road bikes. I would like to get into racing so that will be part of my decision on which bike that I will buy. For my wife she just wants to be able to enjoy ridding and getting a workout out of it. We also plan on joining a bike club. Would it be better for her to get a Hybrid bike or a road bike? If she gets the Hybrid will she be able to keep up with the club riders? Your thoughts will be appreciated, thank you!

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