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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 04-27-08, 07:47 AM   #1
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trek navigator for old clyde?

im 53, just getting into biking,most of my riding will be on pavement. im 6-3 300pd,s need something with low impact, due to decades as a truck driver.[sensitive lower back] LBS suggested a trek navigator 2.0.any other suggestions? thanks.
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The Specialized Rockhopper is a favourited Clyde ride, but you would want to put on slicks for easier riding on pavement.

Oh, and you are NOT old . 90+ is old(er)... .

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rockhopper sounds nice but would rather have a seat with a shock.little more give for the back.
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Old 04-27-08, 09:49 AM   #4
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Believe it or not, that suspension seatpost is worthless. It just bounces a bit and also sucks up your pedal stroke, and adds needless weight. You would be better served with a rigid seatpost and learn to ride "light" in the saddle, by taking road impacts from rough surfaces and absorbing them with your legs. Infinitely better control of the bike that way, as well.

If you want a bit of suspension in the saddle, look at something like the Brooks B-67. Something lke this....



It will soften the ride, and believe it or not, the harder saddle is more comfortable as it won't have padding flow into the soft tissue areas in your butt and instead will support you with your sit bones (Ischial protuberances on the lower portion of your pelvis). The springs in the rear will soften road impact somewhat and the leather will also breathe and help you avoid saddle rash, etc.

Point of warning though....initially, you may think you are riding a concrete saddle until it breaks in,but it's worth it!

Also, some core exercises and stability exercises and proper stretching technique will do your back a world of good......I know from experience from sitting the Air Ride seat (and previous Spring Ride seats of older trucks) for 25 years.
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Old 04-27-08, 02:35 PM   #5
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thanks ,i think im going to look a little more.we have a specialized dealer in town .i look into the rockhopper.
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+1 on the worthlessness of a suspension seatpost. They just bottom out for a Clyde.
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I had to make mine a little stiffer.

I love my Navigator. It was my first bike when I got back into cycling. King Termite and I both have the Navigator 300. Very upright seating, which helps with the back. To be honest, I got this bike because it was good to me. I have a bulging disk in my back and have to sit upright.

When I ride my road bike I have to bend at the hips and keep my lower back rigid.
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aahh the rockhopper i saw today, was just not me im built for comfort not for speed or mountain biking.rode a trek navigator 3.0 and a giant sedona DX .liked them both more so the navigator 3.0
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That's cool, your bike is your bike, after all. It needs to be comfortable for you to ride it.
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liked them both more so the navigator 3.0
Then the Navigator it is, eh?

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FWIW, my first "adult" bicycle that got me back into cycling was a Trek Navigator 300 purchased in Poland about 5 years ago. It's very comfortable and exactly what I needed to get "back in the saddle". Highly recommended.
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Here's a pic of mine. Since I've taken this pic I've lowered the stem a bit because I'm used to riding more in a lowered position now.

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Believe it or not, that suspension seatpost is worthless. It just bounces a bit and also sucks up your pedal stroke, and adds needless weight. You would be better served with a rigid seatpost and learn to ride "light" in the saddle, by taking road impacts from rough surfaces and absorbing them with your legs. Infinitely better control of the bike that way, as well.

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Here's a pic of mine. Since I've taken this pic I've lowered the stem a bit because I'm used to riding more in a lowered position now.

Just curious...what model year is your Nav? I have an older Nav 300 that I've been trying to figure out the model year on. I've tried looking it up on BikePedia. Based on the components, it looks as though it might be an 02 or 03...however, the color doesn't match up to any of the colors offered for those years. So I still have no idea what year the bike is...but it looks awfully similar to yours. By the way...is your stem flipped in that pic?

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Linda:

Post some pix of your bike. I had an '04 300 that looks very much like the one in the above pic.
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Post some pix of your bike. I had an '04 300 that looks very much like the one in the above pic.
Will do...tomorrow (at work right now).

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Ok...here is a pic of my old Trek Navigator 300. Can anyone take a stab as to what year this bike may be? Please pardon my furball...he insisted on being in the pic..LOL! Oh...and please excuse the messy basement too!



Here's another pic of the drivetrain...if that helps identify the model year.


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