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    Mountain Man on a MTB Chris in WCVA's Avatar
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    Handlebar issue for a big Clyde (anybody else had this?)

    Okay, at 6'3" and 260 I've not missed many meals. My current bike is an embarassing clunker, the almighty 2003 Roadmaster Mountian Fury. Anyhow, I've recently started riding it again after fixing a bent crank, and I like to stand on it, and I keep having an issue where my handle bars work loose after riding standing up for a while. My question is, is this because the bike is cheap or do clydes have these issues on any bike? When I FINALLY get to look at a replacement, handlebars will be a big part of the equation.
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    Chances are it is "The Clunk". My brother-in-law matches your size and bought a department store "MTB". He destroyed that bike in a matter of a couple of months....and never took it off a bike path! We big'uns need better built.

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    I would guess it is the cheap bike. You did bend the crank, after all. Maybe try some blue loctite on the threads of the bolts that clamp down the handlebars.

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    Get rid of it. For about $100-$200 you can get a great bike off your local Craigslist.
    I got this for $150. It's a 1992 Trek 930 MTB. Hand made in the USA of American True Temper tubes. Lose the fat knobbies and put on some decent road slicks and you will have a very good all-rounder.
    http://i14.tinypic.com/48mny85.jpg

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    Mountain Man on a MTB Chris in WCVA's Avatar
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    What is a craigslist?

    Oh yeah, when I bought the Clunk, I wanted to go cheap because I really thought it was a future garage sale item "like new"!

    Also, while I'm asking, how do full suspension bikes do with big guys? Just so I know.

    One more thing, I melted the 70's era back brake pads. Anything I shold look for when buying replacements.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris in WCVA
    What is a craigslist?

    Oh yeah, when I bought the Clunk, I wanted to go cheap because I really thought it was a future garage sale item "like new"!

    Also, while I'm asking, how do full suspension bikes do with big guys? Just so I know.

    One more thing, I melted the 70's era back brake pads. Anything I shold look for when buying replacements.
    For that bike, just go to Walmart and get their brake pads. It would greatly behoove you to invest in a better ride though, because you will just destroy that one.

    Craig's List: http://www.craigslist.org/about/cities.html
    That is their central index page. Look for the city nearest you.

    Full Suspension question now:

    1. What kind of riding do you do? If you are riding primarily pavement, I'd submit that
    2. a full suspension bike would be wasted
    3. A full suspension bike is heavier and has more parts to break
    4. a full suspension bike will suck up your pedal power unless you invest a fair amount of money and get a high end FS bike. A used one, by the way, will likely have been through the mill and been rode very hard and put away wet frequently!


    Suspension fork will also suck up your power climbing hills, by the way. Most of the Clyde's on the board here have dumped their suspension forks and gone rigid because it lightens up the bike and makes the handling better and eliminates that nose dive effect. Just my thoughts.
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    Craig's List, Knoxville:
    http://knoxville.craigslist.org/bik/

    Craig's List, Tri Cities (Johnson City, etc) I think this will be the closest, but they don't have any bikes tonight.
    http://tricities.craigslist.org/
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    Yeah, I checked the Tricities, the had some seats and that's it. I'd heard of Angies list but not craigs list. We've made a lot of progress here in the hill's, but its still hillbilly heck compaired to where a lot of you live.

    I figured i'd just put whatever, if anyting, on it. I might swap the front ones out and there's still a bit of pad on the bottom halves (just a couple of tricks from my youth when I used to keep every junker bike in the nieghborhood rolling!). The pads look like art erasers.

    I'm getting a better bike, soon! The paycheck comes this week, so I'll be out looking again. I went this weekend and ended up buying the wife a new Schwinn (high timber) which I love to ride. Its a MB/Comfort hibrid with front suspension. Shimano shifters are SO much better than third rate korean knock-offs! LOL Anyhow, I'll have to wait a week at least, I repacked the clunk's berings last night, so it will make it at least that long.
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