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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 01-28-09, 11:15 PM   #1
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Suggestions for a Big Boy

I am very new to the online world of riding so be kind. I have owned a mountain bike since the early 90's starting with a couple various Trek's before ending up with a 9500 full suspension. After gifting that one to a family member I bought a 1998 S-20 19 inch that is still my main bike. It is 100% stock and still has all the original running gear.

My question is very simple... Is it time to upgrade, update, or replace it? It is an ok bike, but I have heard there are lots of good things to be gained by some of the newer bikes.

I am looking for the opinion of other big guys. I am 6-4 and topped out new years day at 301. Since then I am down to 275 and I am looking to get back out on the bike when it warms up.

Just looking for your thoughts..........
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Old 01-29-09, 04:05 AM   #2
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Sometimes you gotta be a lil more specific cause I have no idea what you're talkin' about!

You talking riding in the dirt with a mountain bike? You riding road? What the heck is an S-20?

I'd say keep the mtb and get a roadie besides. Might have to invest in a stronger back wheel but I know lots of big guys riding roadies!

I have an 98 Cannondle roadie. It was originally an 8 speed (in the rear). Upgraded to 9 speed when the components wore out. Overall the bike itself doesn't lose much to modern day stuff as long as it's maintained and runs smoothly. Just my opinion though.

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Old 01-29-09, 10:58 AM   #3
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Here is an S-20. Thanks to Scooper for the pics!

1998 S-20

1998 S-20 Specs page

I do some light trail riding, haul my kids around and I enjoy jumping off stairs and the like. I plan on doing some heavier trail rides this summer. I know for sure I will need some better pedals, the ones I have are not build for the stress I put on them.
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Old 01-29-09, 12:31 PM   #4
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If you are going to be doing road riding, I suggest either a hard tail mountain bike, or a road bike. I currently have a full suspension mountain bike, that I occaisonally ride on the road, and I end up going up and down as much as back and forth, due to the suspension. It makes for quite a workout actually.

Maybe even get some smoothie tires for it. That will run you around twenty bucks, and my satisfy your need.
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