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    New to the Group little story

    I started biking again about a year ago (~330lbs) and I had a hand me down stiff framed MTN bike. I checked with a friend of mine who is big bike rider and everything should have been fine with my weight and bike. I took it in for a tune up too. 200 m into my very first ride I bent the rear wheel, now thats embarassing. I figured I was too heavy for a bike. I took it to a different shop to get fixed up, a new wheel with more spokes but the tech said that it bent because the person that did the tune-up didn't tighten the rear wheel correctly. So I didn't quite feel as bad.
    I'm down about 35lbs now from that point, still on the same bike but I'll probably pick up a new hybrid bike in the winter.

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    Downtown Spanky Brown bautieri's Avatar
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    Welcome to the herd Doughboy!

    Popped spoked and bent rims happen, don't let it bug you. Congratulations on your weight loss and keep up the great work!

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    <-insert uberific title-> NUTNDUN's Avatar
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    Welcome and congrats on the weight loss. I wouldn't worry one bit about the wheel, it happens even to the lite riders and if it had to do with spoke tension then it isn't anybody's fault other then who set it up.
    George
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    I'm not discouraged now, but at the time...

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    instead of buying a hybrid keep riding the MTB lose more weight then buy a real road bike and get some serious quickness/speed under you for all your hard work this winter...

    your just going to end up with a roadie anyhow... skip the hybrid...

    get some Bontrager Comfort tires for that MTB and ride the wheels off it <<< no pun intended

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    I agree with the line of thought that hybrids are the worst of both worlds, but a lot of folks here love their hybrids. Try one on and make your own decision.

    Steel touring bikes are awesome for clydes, particularly if you plan to do any sort of hauling or commuting. (Yes, I've drunk the steel bike frame kool-aid.)
    Tour Journals, Blog, ride pix

    I'm in the celtic folk fusion band Baroque and Hungry. "Mended", our new full-length studio album, is now available for download.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neilfein View Post
    (Yes, I've drunk the steel bike frame kool-aid.)
    MMMM Kool-aid

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    Welcome to the madness Dougboy!

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    <-insert uberific title-> NUTNDUN's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by takingcontrol View Post
    MMMM Kool-aid
    I want to get a steel bike but it needs to wait till after the wife gets her new one. I think I am going to go the vintage route.

    Once again OP congrats on the accomplishment!
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