Bike for a Short Fat Man

Discussion in 'Touring and recreational cycling' started by Norsman, Feb 12, 2004.

  1. Norsman

    Norsman New Member

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    I want to purchase a new touring bike without breaking the bank. At the moment I am looking at a Trek 520 or Cannondale T800 or T2000. I am 5'8" and about 220lbs. So not your typical skinny and fit long distance cyclist. Which of these bikes are best for a person my size? Are there other bikes out there that would be better?
     
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  2. stevek

    stevek New Member

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    I can't tell you about the bike but on the seat if you have a lot of thigh like I do the real thin seats seem to work the best.
     
  3. starquake

    starquake New Member

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    Hi,

    From the above bikes I would chose the Trek, although if I were you, I would rather buy a decent hardtail mountainbike with touring slicks on. It all depends if you want to buy a touring bike, or a bike to go touring with. :) If the last, then you must calculate with your own weight and the weight of the load. Another point besides a mountainbike for touring is that you can attach front racks easier and climb mountain roads easier thanks to its geometry. Or buy a mountainbike-like touring bike, eg koga-myata's worldtraveler or any other of koga's touring bikes.

    Frank
    http://www.plitkorn.com
     
  4. bwgride

    bwgride New Member

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    Ha, you seem to have the same build as me -- I'm 5'8" and 217 lbs at the moment. I would not recommend a touring bike with 700c wheels, especially if you plan to use it for heavy touring (say 40 or more pounds of equipment). From what I have been reading, I believe mountain-type bikes or true touring bikes with 26" wheels (at least 36 spokes) are the better bet for folks like us -- much stronger than 700c wheels.

    Also, mountain bikes tend to have stronger frames (although I don't know about bikes these days since most are not cromoly steel). If not interested in buying a true cro-mo tourer, I recommend looking for a good, real steel mountain bike. That is what I use -- 1993 Jamis Diablo, 19.5", with Tange MTB tubing. Very strong bike. Back in the early 1990's, mountain bikes tended to have thicker-walled tubing (the Tange MTB tubing is butted with 1.2mm thickness as compared to .8mm or less found today). Also, back then mountain bikes had rack eyelets brazed-on to the frames -- hard to find that with today's bikes.

    I recommend watching ebay and picking up a used mountain bike. Some of the old Bridgestones (MB-4 or 5), Jamis Diablo, or Trek 930 bikes would work well. Maybe also Specialized Rockhopper from that era. I've seen a number of these bikes sell for under $200 shipped, and if the frame is in good shape that is a good deal especially if some components are still usable.

    I recommend only taking those with hardtails (shock-less bikes). Also, I found mountain bike frames of 19" to 19.5" from center of bottom bracket to top of seat tube to be best size for my height as a touring bike (gives about 2 inches stand-over height) because more comfortable than smaller frames.
     
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