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Old 12-21-12, 11:40 PM   #1
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Trek 3500 moutain bike for Uber Clyde?

Looking at a Trek 3500 for this 390 lb. uber clyde. It comes with 36 spokes but it's a single wall rim, would this work for me? The bike would only stay on paved trials or the streets.
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Old 12-22-12, 09:14 AM   #2
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Looking at a Trek 3500 for this 390 lb. uber clyde. It comes with 36 spokes but it's a single wall rim, would this work for me? The bike would only stay on paved trials or the streets.
I'm thinking the bike itself would be fine but you probably need double wall rims . . .Are you looking at new or used? If you're buying a new bike negotiate with the LBS about your needs, they should be able to work with you
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I agree that the frame will not present a problem. I expect where you will encounter problems will be the wheels, as mentioned before, and the suspension fork. I have blown a few forks out before and had to replace them with rigid forks. Lower priced bikes usually lower quality forks and wheels.
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Agree the frame would be OK, but the wheels might be an issue. And the suspension fork, even with a lockout, won't be doing you and good on pavement (unless its REALLY bad in your part of Texas!).

Don't know how much experience you have with bicycles, but would you consider used? In my area (Los Angeles) you can find a lot of good mid-1990's rigid MTBs for cheap (around $100) on Craigslist. I've bought two and use them as daily workout/commuter bikes. I've modified them with drop handlebars for my own comfort. Not as fast as the carbon-fiber roadies that are all over the place around here, but I do get a great workout and it pretty rugged. This is one of mine, a 1992 Trek 8000; its got 26 x 2.0" tires, but smaller ones (26 x 1.5") are available for a little more speed.
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I was looking at a new bike, but i'm open to used.

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I'm thinking the bike itself would be fine but you probably need double wall rims . . .Are you looking at new or used? If you're buying a new bike negotiate with the LBS about your needs, they should be able to work with you
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