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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 04-18-08, 09:39 AM   #1
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Hey guys, I guess I might as well drop in as I've been lurking and searching around these forums for awhile. I just got back into riding at teh age of 32, haven't been on a bike since my old BMX 20" back in the day. I had a kinesiology class and I spent some time last summer going to gym at school, just walking the treadmill and riding the stationary bike. Thought it might be nice to ride a real bike around that moves and stuff So around christmas I picked up a Diamondback Transporter from the local sports authority, been riding it a bit here and there and trying to get in some kind of riding shape. I just ride the trails around here in the woodlands in houston, TX. I'm in the process of finding a nice riding gear combo as I'm going to convert the bike to single speed, I'm a simple guy who prefers things simple. In the future I may get me a road bike and keep the gears but what I'm doing now, I just want to concentrate on riding. Anyway I like the bike, it's basically a moutain bike with fenders and a bell since it's a "commuter" I got it for a steal on clearance and a door buster thing so I figured what the hell. It seems decent enough, only problem I've had is the headset seems to need some tightening again as I get a knock when I get hard on the brakes. When I first got it it knocked real bad, it was way loose. The bike tech at Sports Authority where I got it spent some time setting it up but I'm not sure how good he was. At the time I didn't know much either. I am about 5'10" and 240-250, I'm kind of up and down in that area. I was down to 225 or so when I was hitting the gym and doing my hour workout I had to do for class and I felt good. But I've always been a big guy though I haven't gotten much bigger. I was 225 and wearing a xxl shirt in 9th grade and have pretty much been the same size since, maybe a bit taller lol If you guys have any suggestions or advice I'd appreciate it

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Old 04-18-08, 09:51 AM   #2
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Hello,

I think you had aught to take the bike to an actual bike shop with real bike mechanics instead of whomever was availible. Have the mechanic give it a good tune and be sure to mention the knocking noise. They should be able to straighten out the issue with minimal cost.

Is this knocking a noise or does the bike shake? If the bike is shaking you likely have rims that are out of true. If its a noise the issue is probably in the headset. Either way you still should have the bike professionally tuned.

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Is this knocking a noise or does the bike shake? If the bike is shaking you likely have rims that are out of true. If its a noise the issue is probably in the headset.
yeah I'm pretty sure its the headset again. Not sure if this is normal with a rider of my weight or should it stay pretty tight. It will only knock if I get real hard on the brakes trying to make it do it, or if I can of tilt the bike a bit to one side or the other. I do want to get it professionally tuned though, just get teh wheels trued up and maybe get the hubs adjusted and whatnot. I don't have a lot of dough to spend right now while I'm back in school but I'd rather make sure everything is right before I ruin something I'll get a couple pics up of the transporter, I think its a good looking bike and has some nice hardware on it, I definately would have had to spend way more to get something similar if it weren't for the deal I got.
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