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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 06-04-08, 06:47 PM   #1
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Ordered my bike , cheers everyone !

I wanna thank the various people that bothered to throw some more experienced suggestions and advice at me about buying a bike.

I'm 21 soon, haven't ridden a bike since childhood, and didn't know what I could buy to suit both our very badly paved roads and my large sizes - 6'4 and about 290 pounds. I'm not horribly out of shape, I work out daily and do regular strength training and this bike will probably be a great addition to my routine.

I wanted a bike that's comfy and very durable, given my back pains with sitting in odd positions for too long, I didn't go for a road bike. Saw trekking bikes from KTM and decided for one, but I had to wait almost 2 months for it to BE BUILT .

Since I don't have anywhere to go to get fitted in this region or any serious bike shops, I had to decide 'online'. I did and just thought I'd go with a sturdy mountain bike that I can add a thing here or there someday if I want it more comfortable.

It's an SD Disc [SD stands for superduty and I think the brand belongs to Trek] http://superdutybikes.com.

At 530 euros , or 820 $ I think it's pretty well equipped. I love the looks, and everything seems ok. I'll let everyone know how I'm dealing with my bike within a week or two when it arrives.
My only desire so far is to try a Hobson EasySeat and to get some strong front&tail lights cause' I'll be riding nighttime a lot.




P.S. - anyone got some advice on how I can achieve some good general maintenance ? Specifically for the brakes and wheels. I didn't necessarily want Disc brakes, but they're stronger I guess and came with the a good price tag. About the tires ( I asked that they fit the wheels up so that I can inflate with the same I use on my car and at gas stations - it's more convenient for me ) - the dealer said they are to be inflated between 2.5 and 4.5 [bar I presume ] and suggested that I should keep them close to the maximum 4.5 at all times if I want good tire life - is that true ?
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Old 06-04-08, 06:55 PM   #2
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Tires: Yes, it's true.

Looks like a nice bike. You also could have just thrown a Presta Adapter in your Jersey or Bag under the saddle though. Not really an issue though.
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Old 06-04-08, 07:20 PM   #3
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That looks just like the Hardrock if you ask me. Very nice, you'll have to give us all a ride report

I would get to a book store and buy Zin and the art of mountain bike maintenence if you plan on doing your own wrenching. Also www.sheldonbrown.com is a treasure trove of information. Enjoy that new bike of yours!
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Old 06-04-08, 07:40 PM   #4
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I would get to a book store and buy Zin and the art of mountain bike maintenence if you plan on doing your own wrenching. Also www.sheldonbrown.com is a treasure trove of information. Enjoy that new bike of yours!
+1 On the manual. This is how I started doing work on my own bikes, I went from doing basic derailer adjustments when I started to building wheels a year later. Just go over the diagnostic end of things and when stuff goes wrong buy the tool you need to fix it (which will cost more than just buying a big kit of tools but will mitigate that large initial cash outlay). Good luck! Looks like a nice ride!
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Old 06-04-08, 08:45 PM   #5
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Likwe Tom says, you can pick up a schraeder adapter for about a buck at the shop. Screws on then presto!

But the presta valve is easier to work with once you try it. You can deflate a tire in 2 or 3 seconds. On the schraeder, you gotta push the center down for like 3 minutes!

Nice bike! Slap some slicks on that sucker for some speed!
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Old 06-05-08, 07:21 AM   #6
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+100 on the manual. Also, get a good set of bike tools - Park Tools makes some good stuff, I just need to get rice enough to afford it .

And I concur with everyone else, that's one good lookin' ride! Can I borrow it?
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Old 06-05-08, 07:28 AM   #7
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Until you get a manual here are some good videos

http://bicycletutor.com/
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Old 06-05-08, 08:38 AM   #8
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Is that a Free Ride bike?
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Old 06-05-08, 02:11 PM   #9
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I think it is, since the Bontrager Earl seat on it is a freeride seat. I don't really want it for offroad [not regularly I mean, since I'll be on the tarmac most of the time] but it's a great price, good components and I've ordered it with a SelleRoyal Ergogel seat on to start with. I don't think it'll need any other comfort tweaks for my initial moving around and exercising needs, I'll be doing around 20-25 miles daily, if I really start enjoying it I'll probably go for more.
As I said I wanted a more comfy KTM trekking bike, which isn't as offroad bent as this one, but I didn't want to wait two months for it.
If it fits me and is well-built, I don't see it being a freeride bike as a problem.
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