Keep blowing out rear / not the right bike ?
hey all, need some advice here.
I keep blowing out my rear tire going over curbs, im riding some cheepo Shimano ive had for years and i want to pick up something new. I used to ride motocross and i guess im a little abusive and wonder what kind of bike can take a thrashing ? So many styles to choose from and im pretty confused. Im about 230lbs and can't believe all the differnt bikes there are, Mountain Bikes, Road Bikes, Hybrid Bikes, Sport and touring Bikes, BMX Bikes, Freestyle Bikes. Im thinking at the very least something with a rear suspension that'll handle rough riding. Im not an expert or don't race or whatever i just like to ride hard and need a bike that'll handle some off road as well but not touring. What style of bike is suited for this ?
How are you blowing it out? I assume getting a hole in the tube as you land off the curb. If it's a pair of holes on the tube, you're getting pinch flats from running the pressure too low. Check your pressures against the recommended pressure on the sidewall of the tire, and you might be able to fix your problem.
Mind you, sounds like you're just hankering for a new bike anyway. I'll let some of the guys and gals with more urban experience give you some recommendations. It'd help if you give us an idea of how much you're looking to spend, and what your intended use for the bike will be.
My daughter used to live just down the street from that McBride shop - on Quebec ave. You should get a cyclocross bike. Its fast enough to have fun on the roads and will take the punishment. Get pedals you can latch onto your feet so when you go up curbs you can hop the whole bike up - not just the front wheel. With practice you will be able to hop up sideways when you are riding next to the curb.