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    Newbie here

    Hey guys! Glad I found this forum, everyone here seems pretty encouraging.

    I'm 6'3" and 320lbs and 28 years old. I gained roughly 100lbs in 10 years since high school. I used to ride BMX like a maniac in high school. Doesn't seem like an uncommon story around here. Looking to drop back down, I work with a guy who is a certifiable roadie. He psyched me all up and sent me to a local bike shop, who set me up with a new bike. I purchased a Scott SUB40. It's a hybrid kinda bike, which luckily for my goofy ass, comes in an appropriate size.

    SUPER FUN to ride. It's way fast, and seems to be durable so far.



    I'll be around for awhile and let you guys know how I make out.

    Thanks!
    Danny

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    welcome aboard.

    make sure you read the broken rear spoke threads. Check out: http://www.bikexprt.com/bicycle/tension.htm
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    that is a darn sweet bike, i am now jealous.
    How does the saddle feel on long rides?
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    Welcome Danny, sweet ride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJ C View Post
    that is a darn sweet bike, i am now jealous.
    How does the saddle feel on long rides?
    The saddle that came with the bike is wayyy too small for my goofy self. I got this saddle from Cloud 9 through the bike shop. It's very comfy, even if my road bike friends make fun of it. haha.


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    Hang onto that old saddle. Once you start putting in longer rides, you might find it to be more comfortable than a big squishy saddle. There is a reason why the roadie friends have seats the way they do, but if this one is the one that is giving you the "comfort" (in quotations because I remember just how comfortable bike saddles where when I first started riding again ) to get out and ride then rock it!

    Very nice looking bike, I like that

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    Quote Originally Posted by bautieri View Post
    Hang onto that old saddle. Once you start putting in longer rides, you might find it to be more comfortable than a big squishy saddle. There is a reason why the roadie friends have seats the way they do, but if this one is the one that is giving you the "comfort" (in quotations because I remember just how comfortable bike saddles where when I first started riding again ) to get out and ride then rock it!

    Very nice looking bike, I like that
    +1 on keeping the original saddle; if you are riding 10+ miles at a time, you'll be back to it in a hundred miles.
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    So the consensus is; the wider seat (it's really not a huge gel seat, but is substantially bigger than the stocker) is initially more comfortable, but the smaller seats are sustainably more comfortable? Is that about right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DannyboyUpstate View Post
    So the consensus is; the wider seat (it's really not a huge gel seat, but is substantially bigger than the stocker) is initially more comfortable, but the smaller seats are sustainably more comfortable? Is that about right?
    Once you really get going in your program, you'll find the fat seat places too much pressure over too much area and may also chafe.

    Think of the skinny seat as being like a crutch top, you know, the part that goes under your arm. You don't really use it as much as a support (your arms are doing that) but as a stabilizer to keep it in place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gitarzan View Post
    Once you really get going in your program, you'll find the fat seat places too much pressure over too much area and may also chafe.

    Think of the skinny seat as being like a crutch top, you know, the part that goes under your arm. You don't really use it as much as a support (your arms are doing that) but as a stabilizer to keep it in place.

    Got it that makes total sense. I can definitely feel it in my arms after I ride. Which was kind of a surprise to me. Nothing is going numb, or anything, but there's definitely some stress there.


    Watched 'American Flyers' tonight for some inspiration after a 6 1/2 mile quick ride. LOL. That was fun. The ride and the movie that is!

    Thanks for being supportive guys.

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