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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 01-09-08, 09:24 PM   #1
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help to buy new bike

hi all

ned help to buy new bike for me.

Ok i am now 250 and going down but was closer to 3 digit 6 month ago...

i am looking for a bike...i want something ok.dont have to be extremely good.

just something to go working everyday..mabe 8 miles a day plus a doz tripp weekend,,

i was looking the TREK 3900.is it good....?

betwen a trek 3900 or a norco mountaineer.....? or the equivalent GIANT...?

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or is there something better for me...for a 400$ price budget.i want a trail bike will do some dirt raod and some mild trail plus 70% road...but like big tire.



any ideal for thet price range..400$

i do like the trek 3900.but mabe there some better model for me...i saw some GIANT and norco around the same price..but not sher...

thanks to all.


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Old 01-09-08, 10:37 PM   #2
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Look at the Specialized Hardrock Sport as well. Any of the bike you mentioned will do you reasonably well, though.
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Old 01-10-08, 05:52 AM   #3
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I've got the Trek 3900, I've put it through some really tough downhill rides down some mountains here in Maine. It's held up incredibly well considering I'm 260lbs.
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I would say, rather than look for a brand name that you want, go visit all of the local bike shops (LBS) in your area and find the one that is more interested in your needs and not a pushy salesperson only. I am on a Jamis because of the poor attitudes at the other bike shops. I had never heard of Jamis, until I went looking for a bike.

Look around, shop around, find a LBS that treats you great.
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Old 01-10-08, 08:07 AM   #5
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Ditto on finding a good LBS who is helpful and not just interested in making your wallet a bit lighter. I too had looked at a 3900 when I was shopping for a bicycle with the same budget you had. I ended up opting for a Raleigh Mojave 2.0 which was a shade less expensive than the 3900. The 3900 had marginally better components but nothing too special. I test rode both bikes and honestly liked the feel of the Raleigh better than the Trek, but thats a personal thing.

Test ride every bike in your price range then buy the one that strikes a balance between price how it makes you feel. If you don't feel attracted to your bike odds are you wont ride it as much. Also, save some money from your budget for a helmet, extra tubes, tire levers, patch kit, frame pump, water bottle/cage, and a seat bag. It's very important to have these less you end up pushing your bike home midway through a long ride. Other goodies to consider include lights (if your going to ride at night at all), reflective clothing, and good lubricant (don't use WD-40).

Post a picture of yourself with your shiny new bicycle when you do buy it. Its a requirement of the Clydesdale forum .

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Old 01-10-08, 11:01 AM   #6
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hi bautieri

sher will post a pict..

i am still on the fence here..for whitch one to get...trek/norco/giant ..but now looking at other kind to..anbd even some used one,,,there some good deal on used one that are better then some brane new..at the same price.

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Where do you live? I don't mean to ask for personal information but if you share your location we might be able to help find a shop and possibly a riding partner.

There are some excellent deals on used bicycles, just make sure your bike shop has throughly gone over it and tuned it up. Decent used bikes are a scarce commodity where I live, but if they are abundant where you live then its foolish not to at least check them out.

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Old 01-10-08, 12:23 PM   #8
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Is $400 the limit or a general target?

For $420 you can get a Giant Rincon. It's a bit better than the 3900 you were looking at but comes with double walled rims and overall better component group. It also has disc brakes which shouldn't be the selling point, but they do look pretty cool without chewing up your rims the way V and cantilever brakes do. If you get lucky you might be able to score a leftover to get it back under 400.

For 419.99 you could upgrade to the Trek 4300, the next step up from the 3900. The 4300 has a better rear deraillure than the 3900, stiffer rims, and longer travel in the front fork, 100mm vs 80mm. For a difference of $50 it's hard to see how you could go wrong with either the Rincon or the 4300.

For 349 the Norco Mountaineer certainly is an interesting piece. It's got a rear V brake and a front disc. Kind of the opposite of what you want should rim wear be a concern. The rear rim will defiantly get chewed worse than the front will. It has double walled rims, 32 spoke count, a suspension fork with all of 50mm of travel, very poor quality deraillures...hmm...well the folks at Norco certainly made an interesting bag here. They cut some major corners to bring you double walled rims and one disc brake...I would give the mountaineer a pass if I were you.

The Trek 3900 is a nice bike by all means, you get a very nice component to cost ratio. The bikes geometry is not all that aggressive which will make for a comfortable ride. The Acera rear deraillure will work fine for commuting and light off road use. The Altus on my bicycle has traveled more than 700 miles without needing a single adjustment. Just remember to clean it and keep it properly lubed. Keep the chain clean too, your cassettes will thank you.

Being that you are a clyde (albeit a lighter one) your number once concern should be tough rims with a higher spoke count. Any frame should hold you just fine. I will say this, the learning curve with bicycles is very expensive. I have put as much money into upgrades as I have for the original purchase of my bike. If I were to put the money I put into upgrades plus the purchase cost of my 2.0 I could have purchased a much nicer bicycle than I currently have, oh well, live and learn then try to advise people not to repeat your mistakes. Therefor it is advisable to purchase the most bike that you can right up front.

It is my recommendation that you purchase the Giant Rincon if you can swing the extra $20. If not then defiantly go with the 3900 over the mountaineer providing you enjoy the way the 3900 rides.

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Old 01-10-08, 04:19 PM   #9
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HI bautieri

wow thanks a bunch.great tips.


there is plenty off good bike shop here been in 4 in the last 2 days..and got a cople more to go this weekend.

400$ was general...could go more or les and even used is ok for me.

thanks again its is very apprecieted...i went back to look at that norco today..but they seems a bit..small.

will go take a look at that giant...


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