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Old 03-11-09, 06:47 PM   #1
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Modify Mountain Bike for Comfort

I recently bought a Gary Fisher Mountain bike (29er) similar to this: http://cyclingspokenhere.com/itemdet...fm?LibId=48354

I don't do serious mountain biking at all. My biking is normally urban in nature around neighborhood, parks and flat trails. The more I ride the new bike the more I find that it's not comfortable for me. I wanted the mountain bike for the extra stability, durability (hopping off curbs, etc.) and the front shocks. The disk breaks are nice, too. However, I'm not wild about the lower profile which forces me to bend over more and puts a lot of pressure on my back, butt, hands and shoulders. I know that I can modify it for comfort, but I was hoping that those with experience could provide some links to products that might fill the need. Specifically, * Handle bars, * Stem, * Seat and * Smooth/Urban tires.

What products would make a slick fit. I'm kind of after clean, Euro-look, but with Cruiser comfort.

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Old 03-11-09, 07:19 PM   #2
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Euro-look? Care to elaborate? Actually a link to picture of what you'd like your bike to look like would be helpful.

There are a myriad of options to choose from based on your want list. Do you have a price range?
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is money a big factor? Id start with a brooks springer saddle, or something similar. There is a brooks knockoff on ebay that might fit the ticket for about $64- ebay item 220349614568. When leather saddles break in they are the most comfortable you will ever have, though they are a little heavier than something made of more modern materials.
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OK...maybe not "Euro" but "Mountain Bike mashed-up with Cruiser". I'm searching for photos/ideas, but I've not found anything just yet.
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is money a big factor? Id start with a brooks springer saddle, or something similar. There is a brooks knockoff on ebay that might fit the ticket for about $64- ebay item 220349614568. When leather saddles break in they are the most comfortable you will ever have, though they are a little heavier than something made of more modern materials.
Seeing as the bike is new, I'd prefer not to spend too much. I did have a brooks saddle like this on another bike, years ago: http://www.brooksengland.com/shop/sh...-----------190

The above might feel better, but not sure what it'll look like w/ rock shocks.

Most important might just to sit higher, first. I believe that means getting a different stem and/or handle bars.
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Many of us use trekking bars, you can get them at Nashbar for about $20, depending on what sale they have going on. The trekking bars allow for a lot of hand positions, which is key to comfort. And the other nice thing is that they accept the controls you already have, so no need to change shifters, brake levers, etc. That is where the cost to modify jumps up quickly.
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