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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 03-30-10, 08:19 AM   #1
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mt. bike or fit + nobby tires

I'm your average clydesdale... 6'1", 260... I have a decent road bike (felt f65) and at the moment stole my brothers' Salsa mt. bike... but he wants it back so I'm looking to buy something but I'm all over the board, so I need a little help to pinpoint what I should be looking at.

My needs for the second bike:

- trail riding (pepples, gravel, dirt) some single track, but nothing too technical (not tree hopping or anything along those lines)

-cruising with the fiance, she's not really IN to cycling yet, so a slow cruise around the countryside and in town would probably work better on the new bike rather than the road bike.. but it's not essential.

-in regards to suspension, I don't like it... at all. When I stand up and pedal up a steep hill on dirt, I don't want a spongey front end... My brothers' salsa has a fancy fork that I tried to lock but couldn't figure it out... but I minimized the range of movement on it, but really it still annoys me.

-price point... well this one is flexible to a certain degree... I've seen some lower end bikes that might fit the bill for 300ish... but I've been tempted by $600 bikes too.. I want the bike to withstand my weight and work for years to come.

I'm somewhat tempted to buy a middle of the road fit bike and put some nobby tires on it for trail riding...

Thoughts?
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Old 03-30-10, 09:29 AM   #2
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An old MTB would be the obvious choice. I picked up a '92 Diamond Back Ascent EX with full Deore LX group for under $200 plus shipping off eBay a few weeks ago. It was NIB and rides beautifully. I changed the tires to reverse knobbies to make it functional on and off road.
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Old 03-30-10, 09:47 AM   #3
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hmm.. maybe I should keep an eye out on craigslist for something relatively local.
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Old 03-30-10, 10:23 AM   #4
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-in regards to suspension, I don't like it... at all. When I stand up and pedal up a steep hill on dirt, I don't want a spongey front end... My brothers' salsa has a fancy fork that I tried to lock but couldn't figure it out... but I minimized the range of movement on it, but really it still annoys me.
This is a bit short-sighted, I think. Having ridden rigid (=no suspension), hard-tail (=front suspension), and full-suspension bikes off-road I would never go back to a completely rigid bike. Front suspension is a phenomenal invention and completely worth it, IMHO. Buy a bike with a decent front fork and learn to use the lock-out feature! You also need to learn to properly adjust the fork based on your weight. In particular, you need to learn to measure the fork "sag" and adjust the suspension accordingly. If you don't adjust the suspension to match your weight, you might as well be using a pogo stick for a front fork...

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-price point... well this one is flexible to a certain degree... I've seen some lower end bikes that might fit the bill for 300ish... but I've been tempted by $600 bikes too.. I want the bike to withstand my weight and work for years to come.
In terms of new off-road bikes, $300-600 buys you a department store hard-tail or a really, really stripped-down bike from one of the major brands (e.g. Specialized). Your best bet might be to look for a used hard-tail... I wouldn't buy one that didn't have disc brakes, air-adjustable suspension, and lock-out.
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Old 03-30-10, 10:28 AM   #5
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It sure felt like a pogo stick before I started messing with it... but you are correct, I was not informed on how to really adjust the fork on it. I'm well aware that the budget I've listed is pretty limited in regards to getting a decent bike... I really should go up to 1k... but I'm just not sure I want to... I like the investment I made a few years back on my road bike.. which was right around a grand.
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How about this

http://www.redlinebicycles.com/bikes/mtb/2010-d440

My primary mountain bike is a Moncog 29er, but spinning 32/20 on roads gets old real quick. An 8 speed would work for most trails and still be able to spin 17 or 18mph down the road for short stretches. It is a basic bike, but upgradable to disks(it has the tabs on the frame and hubs) and a good suspension for later if you want to.
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I like Craigslist a ton. You can get a better frame and components for the money. If you want to move to something better you can sell for what you paid and have ridden for almost free. The different tire options available for a MTB make for a ton of flexibility. I keep two sets of rims, skinny ones for commuter tubes and wider ones (RhynoLites) for off roading it. You have to tweak the brakes a bit, but us Clydes are a handy bunch.
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You, sir, want a touring bike. Relaxed geometry for all-day cruising in comfort, can take a fat 700c tire for going on logging roads and jeep trails, and still have enough clearance for a set of fenders. Designed for racks and panniers, so you can pack a lunch for you and the gal-pal.

If you like Salsa bikes, check out their Fargo, which is a 29'er MTB adapted to long-haul touring. Other popular options are the Surly LHT and Soma Saga. If money is burning a hole in your pocket, Rivendell's always an option, and a used touring rig from the LBS or C-List would do you well.
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