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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 02-24-11, 09:08 PM   #1
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All the Hill Climbing Junkies

Watch this dude, it should make you guys feel even better.

He has to walk up

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGQA4FziUTE
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Old 02-24-11, 09:19 PM   #2
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Wow! Talk about earning your descent

I hate walking, so you wouldn't catch me doing that kind of mountain biking
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Old 02-24-11, 09:22 PM   #3
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Hmmm, not my idea of fun.
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Come on Beanz...you could climb that in the saddle
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I'd sink in the sand!
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He has to walk up
Nobody rides a Downhill mountain bike up a hill. The weight (50lbs or more), suspension travel (8+ inches front and rear), and ultra-slack (ex: 64-degree) steering geometry make it impractical...
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Nobody rides a Downhill mountain bike up a hill. The weight (50lbs or more), suspension travel (8+ inches front and rear), and ultra-slack (ex: 64-degree) steering geometry make it impractical...
Yeah 4 hours of hauling a 50lb bike up the hill for a minute and 30 second ride, I'm with Beanz on that one, not my idea of fun either. What I don't get is, if you have a bicycle that you essentially need to carry up any hill hill taller then my driveway, why the heck don't they make them single speeds, you could put a relatively low gear on them, say a 50 inch gear and save all the weight, complexity and expense of multiple gears.
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Nobody rides a Downhill mountain bike up a hill. The weight (50lbs or more), suspension travel (8+ inches front and rear), and ultra-slack (ex: 64-degree) steering geometry make it impractical...
Ha !

I do ... and I love it
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What I don't get is, if you have a bicycle that you essentially need to carry up any hill hill taller then my driveway, why the heck don't they make them single speeds, you could put a relatively low gear on them, say a 50 inch gear and save all the weight, complexity and expense of multiple gears.
Because sometimes you need to pedal and, when you do, it's nice if you have more than one gear available. Especially true when you need to quickly build speed in order to clear an obstacle. The typical DH setup these days is a single front chain ring, often combined with a chain guide, and a 9-speed rear. Often a close-ratio cassette is used. When you're talking about a beefy frame and 8-10" of suspension travel, a few extra ounces for a RD and cassette won't make much difference to the overall weight.
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