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    Did I just buy the wrong bike?

    Hello,

    I am new and have been looking at different bikes for about 6 months. I recently bought a Specialized Hotrock 19" mountain bike which when it was setup by my LBS does fit me at 6'1" but not sure I should rided it since I am sitting at 280 and when I looked at Specialized guide it shows the max weight at 220 as it really is a 24" bike and will probably have it set back up for my daughter or wife.

    It was used (50 bucks) and the LBS was a Specialized dealer and they didn't mention anything about me being careful or it not working for me.

    Anyone have any experience with this bike? It has 32 spoke aluminum wheels but I would rather go buy a new bike for me?

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    You sure you bought a Hot Rock? That is a kids bike, with 24" wheels and I can't imagine that bike fitting a 6' man.

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    Is it really a Hot Rock with 24" tires?! That was my son's first real bike and there is NO WAY it would fit me at 5'11". If it does fit you OK (maybe there is a larger frame version than we had) I would not worry about the weight limit. IMHO they are set a little on the low side unless you are jumping or using it really hard. For regular riding you will likely be just fine. Lots of bikes are only rated to 250# or something and much larger folks ride them with no issues.

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    Weight limits are set by lawyers and business people based on aggrigate rates of warrantee claims and inevitable lawsuits. It is not as if it is going to fly apart at the end of the driveway (though any bike can). Sooner or later all bikes get failures, and regardless of the "limit", for you that will be sooner rather than later. And so it is important to inspect often and catch early. Maybe wheels last 5000 miles instead of 15000. Hay, it cost $50! Enjoy it while it lasts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bicyclelove View Post
    Is it really a Hot Rock with 24" tires?! That was my son's first real bike and there is NO WAY it would fit me at 5'11". If it does fit you OK (maybe there is a larger frame version than we had) I would not worry about the weight limit. IMHO they are set a little on the low side unless you are jumping or using it really hard. For regular riding you will likely be just fine. Lots of bikes are only rated to 250# or something and much larger folks ride them with no issues.
    Well the frame says Hotrock.. the wheels are actually 26" so not sure if it is a franken-bike or an older model that was larger. It will get a lot of use regardless until I get money saved up for a better bike.
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    Looks like a 2002 Hotrock 26

    2002 Specialized Hotrock A1 FS 26 - BikePedia

    I wouldn't worry about the weight limit too much. Some road race bikes have 150 lb limits and are ridden by plenty of heavier riders.

    Wheels are most likely to fail, especially the rear wheel, so keep an eye on it. Might even consider having it trued/tensioned by a good wheel guy.
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    I wouldn't worry too much about your weight. As others have said those are just a 'suggestion' to some degree. My bike is rated for 300# and I am at about 330# and have no issues. The bike you bought has 32 spokes so you should be ok.

    If you are looking to buy - a lot depends on your budget and what you want to do. So there are about a million directions to go. There are plenty of threads on here that talk about kinds of bikes and things of that nature.

    Here is a quick down and dirty guide:

    Road Bikes = all paved riding. For the guy wanting to work up to long distance and ride fast.
    Touring Bikes = all paved riding. For the guy wanting to do long trips, weekend outings that have you riding 50-100 miles a day at a decent pace.
    Hybrid Bikes = mostly paved, some light trails. For the guy wanting to ride a few miles a day with an occasional 30 miler now and then.
    Mountain Bikes = Some paved, some trails (of all kind). Same as the hybrid but with the ability to do rougher terrain when the time comes.

    None of this is hard and fast by any means. But as a Clyde keep in mind that the hybrids and mtb category tend to be a bit 'beefier' looking and feeling and thus tend to suit us better.

    On here - the average clyde seems to be the type that likes to ride a few miles 5 or so days a week and will do some longer rides now and then. So touring and hybrids tend to dominate the boards here. The bottom line is to buy a bike that fits your needs and that you think is cool. I personally ride a Trek Marlin 7 MTB. I don't do much trail riding but I love it. And the dirty fact is that if you don't love your bike you won't ride it. So pick something you love.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troggie View Post
    Well the frame says Hotrock.. the wheels are actually 26" so not sure if it is a franken-bike or an older model that was larger. It will get a lot of use regardless until I get money saved up for a better bike.
    That does not look at all like our old bike. Specialized probably recycled the name on a full size bike. I think that looks like a fine fit, and a pretty good looking bike besides. $50 was a good deal! I think you will like it just fine, ride happy.

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    Thanks all.. I bought cheap first to get back into riding while saving for a good road bike. I have been riding a stationary bike at the gym for about a month to get some of the saddle soar out but definitely need to get used to the seat on this bike. Tonight will be the first actual ride I go on after getting the seat adjusted a little more and getting the lights on it as well. I did have the bike tuned up and the wheels tightened before riding it so I think I will be good for a bit.

    Thanks again for all the comments and here is to a new year of happy riding.

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    I'm not a Clyde but if that's not enough seat post insertion, the leverage from 280 pounds could be dangerous. And it does look small for a 6'1" man.

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    +1 If that seat post extension is correct for your height, that frame is too small for you. I am 5'11" and on most of those older MTBs I ride a 21" frame and can get away with a 22" for commuting duty. Make sure that the minimum insertion line on the seatpost stays below the clamp. Other than that, put on a set of 1.5" hybrid tires (semi-slicks) and get rid of the kickstand and you'll have a fine fitness/commuter/recreational bike. This bike will probably work for general paved riding for now, but make sure you get a good fit when you upgrade to a different bike.
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    The handlebars were about 6 inches lower than the seat. Had to by an extension but after that it feels great. Put about 5 miles on it the last 2 days and planning on upping to 5 miles a day then progress from there. I am looking to replace the front fork and tires but that is down the road a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troggie View Post
    The handlebars were about 6 inches lower than the seat. Had to by an extension but after that it feels great. Put about 5 miles on it the last 2 days and planning on upping to 5 miles a day then progress from there. I am looking to replace the front fork and tires but that is down the road a bit.
    It's a good deal, but I don't think I would bother investing any additional money into it. Just put that toward something a little bigger for your size when your ready.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LGHT View Post
    It's a good deal, but I don't think I would bother investing any additional money into it. Just put that toward something a little bigger for your size when your ready.
    Yeah that may be the better option. Need to get my wife and daughter a bike before I start looking at something new for me. Just hope my office adds a shower to the new construction so I can start riding to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troggie View Post
    Yeah that may be the better option. Need to get my wife and daughter a bike before I start looking at something new for me. Just hope my office adds a shower to the new construction so I can start riding to work.
    I'm also looking to get more ride time in and thought about riding to work also. The plan is to pack the bike and ride home leaving the car at the office overnight. Then I would ride back to work the next morning and drive a few minutes away to the local gym shower, shave, etc and drive into work. It's only 11 or so miles each way and is 95% on a dedicated bike path so it's a nice quick ride. If I can do that at least once that's 20 miles added to my weekly rides!

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    Put in another 5 miles tonight.. felt good wasn't too saddle sore. Think everything is set just right.. so now time to build up miles. Thanks for all the input to everyone.

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    Old mountain bikes are tough, they are made to take a beating. They are an excellent choice for a heavy rider, but fit is very important. My pick would be an older mountain bike with a frame that you just clear while standing flat footed, smooth road tires (wide tires are a heavy riders friend - Big Apples, Big Bens-), solid fork, sustention forks are not your friend, let the wide tires do their thing. Wheel maintenance is key, have the wheels checked and evenly tensioned and even cheep wheels will hold up surprisingly well. And lastly BEHAVE! No hooligans! You are already on the edge of the bell curve of what the engineers were planning for, no riding off curbs, jumps or even potholes. We make such an unlovely THUD when we hit the ground.

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    That seat post had better extend 6" inside the frame .. down Past the Bottom of the top tube lower side ..

    or the Frame Breaks. too much leverage, metal fatigue.

    Street riding ? replace the Knobbys with a smoother tread tire .
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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    That seat post had better extend 6" inside the frame .. down Past the Bottom of the top tube lower side ..

    or the Frame Breaks. too much leverage, metal fatigue.

    Street riding ? replace the Knobbys with a smoother tread tire .
    Agreed. That is a lot of seatpost showing for 280 lbs. Can't say for sure but it looks like well over a foot of seatpost.

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    Seat post extends 6 inches out of the frame and there is another 5 inches in the frame.. Since it is a Hotrock the gearing for younger folks and I am already maxed out there so I am only looking for it to last me a month or 2 before I can save up to get a better bike and then give it to my daughter.. or just sell it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troggie View Post
    Since it is a Hotrock the gearing for younger folks and I am already maxed out there so I am only looking for it to last me a month or 2 before I can save up to get a better bike and then give it to my daughter.. or just sell it.
    42-13 is ~23 mph at 100 rpms. ( using BikeCalc.com - Speed at all Cadences for any Gear and Wheel) , 32-13 is close to 20 mph at 100 rpms. I'm not sure what you mean for "maxed out" the gearing.
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    I wouldn't worry about you weight too much. Like others said just inspect often. I have been riding a Cervelo RS carbon fiber frame road bike since 2012 with Fulcrum Racing 1 wheels and I have not had any issues yet. I also weigh in at 280. Just enjoy and inspect often.
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