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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 10-31-11, 08:14 AM   #1
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Just picked up a nice older bike

It's a 2000 Diamondback Wildwood Deluxe 20"!
I found it on craigslist for $40! Seems like new with little to no wear on it. It fits me just fine and is a nice change to the older bso's (mountain bike) that I have been trying to fit into. And way better to ride around here (all gravel) than my schwinn traveler!
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Old 10-31-11, 08:22 AM   #2
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Oh I guess I need to introduce myself! I've been here a while just reading!
I'm 42 year old man from Missouri thats 6'5" and weight 350+ now! I need to get my but moving and get in better shape! I used to rise back when I was younger and still love too! But live seems to hand me other things to do rather than riding! And I live way too far from work to commute!
Any way it's good to find a place where like people enjoy hanging out and exchanging useful info!
I don't have alot of bike info to add to most conversations but that won't stop me from throwing my $.02 in!
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Old 10-31-11, 08:32 AM   #3
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BigdogEMT can you lock out the front shocks? Bike looks great enjoy.

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Old 10-31-11, 09:35 AM   #4
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I would get a better saddle, as that is a cheap-o one off a Huffy. Check the tires for dry-rot, lube the chain, and make sure the brakes work properly. You paid $40 for it, but taking it to a bike shop for a $50-$70 tune up will give you a good performing bike.
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Yeah, I have planned to get a new saddle, that one is a bit small! The tires are in good shape and the brakes are ok but I plan to replace them anyway. As far as the fork lock out, I have no idea! I have just rode in around a few miles after I got it and they seem real soft to me! But then again I have only road older steel ridged frames!

I was pleasantly surprised when I got it home and found this sticker on it!
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Old 10-31-11, 02:18 PM   #6
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I'm not sure what the guy before me used to oil this thing?!? I just spent the better part of an hour cleaning things and didn't get all of it off the chain! It was sticky and thick with dirt! I think I took off a pound of crude!

I did find one problem with it! There is a few cracks in the middle front chain ring! Looks like this thing only ever ran on the middle ring. Next question us can I just change that one or do I need all new bb gears?
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