Big man looking for bike recommendations

Big man looking for bike recommendations

Post by Phdesq » Wed, 07 May 2003 06:58:06


Hi all,

I'm 6'5", 260 lbs., and looking for a bike that will carry me through an IM
distance.  A few years (and a few pounds) ago, I got fitted for and was looking
at buying a custom-made frame.  At the time, Litespeed frames seemed like the
way to go.

Unfortunately, I have not kept up with the "latest and greatest" in tri
technology since '99.  Therefore, I'm looking for advice about what kind of
frames and manufacturers to consider.  Your help and/or recommendations would
be greatly appreciated.

Regards,

Fat Boy (who can really move when he wants to!!!)

 
 
 

Big man looking for bike recommendations

Post by George Bal » Wed, 07 May 2003 10:05:04

I'm 6'4" and 200 lbs and ride a Softride.   Darryl Haley (ex-NFL lineman)
also rode a Softride at IMH, and he had to clock it at a good 300 lbs and
6'8".   You would want the extended seat bracket and it will fit you great.

George


Quote:
> Hi all,

> I'm 6'5", 260 lbs., and looking for a bike that will carry me through an
IM
> distance.  A few years (and a few pounds) ago, I got fitted for and was
looking
> at buying a custom-made frame.  At the time, Litespeed frames seemed like
the
> way to go.

> Unfortunately, I have not kept up with the "latest and greatest" in tri
> technology since '99.  Therefore, I'm looking for advice about what kind
of
> frames and manufacturers to consider.  Your help and/or recommendations
would
> be greatly appreciated.

> Regards,

> Fat Boy (who can really move when he wants to!!!)


 
 
 

Big man looking for bike recommendations

Post by Chris Magi » Thu, 08 May 2003 02:20:51

George, you should definitely buy a Kestrel

......NOT  :)

How about a Ti bike like Lightspeed?  Very strong and forgiving.  If
this isn't in your price range I'd suggest a quality alum frame such
as a Cannondale.  Make sure you go to somebody who knows how to fit
properly.

Quote:

> I'm 6'4" and 200 lbs and ride a Softride.   Darryl Haley (ex-NFL lineman)
> also rode a Softride at IMH, and he had to clock it at a good 300 lbs and
> 6'8".   You would want the extended seat bracket and it will fit you great.

> George



> > Hi all,

> > I'm 6'5", 260 lbs., and looking for a bike that will carry me through an
>  IM
> > distance.  A few years (and a few pounds) ago, I got fitted for and was
>  looking
> > at buying a custom-made frame.  At the time, Litespeed frames seemed like
>  the
> > way to go.

> > Unfortunately, I have not kept up with the "latest and greatest" in tri
> > technology since '99.  Therefore, I'm looking for advice about what kind
>  of
> > frames and manufacturers to consider.  Your help and/or recommendations
>  would
> > be greatly appreciated.

> > Regards,

> > Fat Boy (who can really move when he wants to!!!)


 
 
 

Big man looking for bike recommendations

Post by topd » Sat, 10 May 2003 11:30:48

Quote:

> George, you should definitely buy a Kestrel

> ......NOT  :)

> How about a Ti bike like Lightspeed?  Very strong and forgiving.  If
> this isn't in your price range I'd suggest a quality alum frame such
> as a Cannondale.  Make sure you go to somebody who knows how to fit
> properly.

Ti has a lot to be said for it, especially the higher end framesets.
(Lower end ones will have a lot of flex for larger and heavier riders,
especially around the BB). Ti is nearly indestructible, as well as
very lightweight and vibration dampening.

However, my personal recommendation (being a larger, heavier guy
myself) is carbon. IMHO carbon is the best ride out there. Very
smooth, very light. Now, remember that not all carbon frames are the
same. Some are made to last, while some (Trek, for instance!) seem to
show the wear very quickly, especially for larger riders.
For a high quality carbon frame at a great price, check out the Calfee
(www.calfeedesign.com). The Luna has a 10 year warranty, and is much
less than most ti bikes. They also make the Tetra Tri (25 year
warranty!)

 
 
 

Big man looking for bike recommendations

Post by Father Guido Sarduc » Sat, 10 May 2003 22:41:01

I can help you, my son.  Send me an e-mail in private.

Fr. G

Quote:

> Hi all,

> I'm 6'5", 260 lbs., and looking for a bike that will carry me through an IM
> distance.  A few years (and a few pounds) ago, I got fitted for and was looking
> at buying a custom-made frame.  At the time, Litespeed frames seemed like the
> way to go.

> Unfortunately, I have not kept up with the "latest and greatest" in tri
> technology since '99.  Therefore, I'm looking for advice about what kind of
> frames and manufacturers to consider.  Your help and/or recommendations would
> be greatly appreciated.

> Regards,

> Fat Boy (who can really move when he wants to!!!)