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    Advice Needed

    10 years ago, when I lived in western PA. I used to trail ride using a specialized rockhopper. Loved that bike.
    Since then life has changed in 2 major ways. First I put on a lot of weight - I now am just over 300 pounds.
    Second, I live in China.

    It is time for me to get back in shape and I want to ride to do so. I will NOT be doing tail riding, mostly paved roads yet paved in China is not necessarily equal to paved in western word. A mountain bike/trail bike/hybrid is probably best given road conditions.

    However, having been out of the bike culture for so long and never having ridden at my current weight - what should I go for? What bike could hold up to my weight and give me the chance to get back into shape?

    Could a Rockhopper still do the trick?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TerraCottaGamer View Post
    10 years ago, when I lived in western PA. I used to trail ride using a specialized rockhopper. Loved that bike.
    Since then life has changed in 2 major ways. First I put on a lot of weight - I now am just over 300 pounds.
    Second, I live in China.

    It is time for me to get back in shape and I want to ride to do so. I will NOT be doing tail riding, mostly paved roads yet paved in China is not necessarily equal to paved in western word. A mountain bike/trail bike/hybrid is probably best given road conditions.

    However, having been out of the bike culture for so long and never having ridden at my current weight - what should I go for? What bike could hold up to my weight and give me the chance to get back into shape?

    Could a Rockhopper still do the trick?
    Most large bicycle companies list maximum weight limit for most of their machines at 300 pounds, so personally I think you would be fine with most bikes they offer. I know both Giant and Trek are @ 300 for max weight. In your situation a mountain bike like the old Rockhopper would be a great choice. I used to ride a Trek 4300 hardtail when I weighed 310 and didn't damage the bike at all.

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    I think that if you have a good lbs a great bike can be made.If you strip the wheels and brakes off a tandem and put it on a good frame.Most tandems use 40 spoke rims and powerful brakes.You might be able to transfer other heavy duty components as well.The combination should serve you well and often a used tandem costs little on the used market.A bike that uses common parts will make life better if you have any problems.Building the bike bullet proof won't hurt either.Best of luck and send back pictures.
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    I weigh 250 and my "grocery getter" is an 86 Rockhopper with rack, folding baskets & fenders.
    On occasion, I'll have 50 lbs. in the baskets.
    I figure the rack & baskets are close to 10 lbs.
    An old Rockhopper would be great, especially an non suspension version, IMO. About the only things I'd do is make sure the spokes are properly tensioned and service the bearings on a regular basis.
    IF your roads are rough, you might want to stay with a 'fatter" tire to help absorb impacts from pot holes etc.
    I use 26X1.25" tires on mine, but I have mostly smooth pavement.

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    Thx. Looking at a Rockerhopper 29 now. I think that might do the trick for me.

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    Quick update: bought a Trek Marlin 7. Will put pics in another thread I am about to write.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captlink View Post
    I think that if you have a good lbs a great bike can be made.If you strip the wheels and brakes off a tandem and put it on a good frame.Most tandems use 40 spoke rims and powerful brakes.You might be able to transfer other heavy duty components as well.The combination should serve you well and often a used tandem costs little on the used market.A bike that uses common parts will make life better if you have any problems.Building the bike bullet proof won't hurt either.Best of luck and send back pictures.
    I think modern tandems use a wider rear hub than single bikes, so you can't just swap components willy-nilly. Brakes are similar, BB7 on my tandem, although with bigger rotors than on my single bike. No idea what the used tandem market in China is, though.
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