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  •  This isn't "frivelous" (21+ / 0-)

    How are you supposed to show up for a rally when you can't get to the mailbox without running out of breath?

    I've been looking at bikes myself.  This gives me motivation.  Thanks.

    I'm not afraid of guns! I'm afraid of the people that obsess over owning them.

    by Detroit Mark on Thu Mar 10, 2011 at 10:14:18 AM PST

    •  Take a look at recumbent bikes & trikes. (1+ / 0-)
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      Starting back into biking with a recumbent saved my back and they're usually made sturdy enough for a larger body. Lots of good options for recumbent bikes. Best thing to do is test ride. I dropped 50lbs biking so far. Aiming for another 40lbs.

      Prepare yourself for bicycle sticker shock. Good ones seem to cost over $500.  Lesser ones may be frustrating and uncomfortable, unreliable, and lack resale value.   Better ones seem to be $1200 to $2000.  Don't let someone sell you something much higher than that without considering going to a custom shop that makes the frame and parts to fit you.  

      Also, check out Teratrike and Catrike for 3 wheel trikes that are well made, ride easy, perform well, and can handle the load as well, and most models are under 35lbs.  Many come apart for car transport.  You may come across models made by Sun, but unless they are the aluminum ones they'll be 50lbs or so and going up a hill will require heavy pumping and a low 'granny gear'.

      When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

      by antirove on Fri Mar 11, 2011 at 12:13:14 AM PST

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      •  Trikes may be the start for the really challenged. (0+ / 0-)

        Agreed most are expensive, but Trek made a nice trike we modified with a wide seat and extended outward
        pedals . around 700 new, a lot less used.for the City Trike.  

        Why my wife picked it: she had a post surgery hip problem on top of the weight and couldn't risk a "fall".
        She couldn't walk, was restricted, and going nowhere in any sort of exercize regimen.

        Starting small with short rides, working them up to  1/2 hour, then an hour was a big deal.  The security of a Trike for stability and confidence to get rolling was important to getting started.

        140 pounds to go. Will take a while, no doubt, but getting onto a ride that is manageable and doesn't punish you for using it is key, too.

        Set up and fit are as important on a trike as on a two wheeler.  Someone who knows bikes and how to size, spec out the reach and range of the pedals, steering bar and seat is just as important as what you pick to make your biking as natural and comfortable as any other exercize.   Don't skip this, regardless of what you ride.

        It will make the difference to staying a rider or avoiding it.

        cast away illusions, prepare for struggle

        by Pete Rock on Sat Mar 12, 2011 at 12:13:29 PM PST

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