In college roughly 15 years ago, I did a bit of riding for a few years to get to school and the occasional foray into trail riding in the Berkeley hills. I had a Miyata mountain bike, I forget the model. It was sturdy but since I am heavy guy, I was constantly truing the rims.
Last fall, I decided to try something other than the gym to drop some pounds. My brother suggested I get back on a bike. His coworker, an avid mountain biker, had a 1997 Kona Manomano he had not ridden in a few years. I test rode it and bought it on the spot. At the time, I was afraid I would have to true the rims often but it has not been the case. My bike is fully suspended and I think that is the key. Plus, I have slicks on the rim and mostly ride on city streets and paved trails so no ten foot drops for me.
When I got my bike, I was about 355 pounds. Currently I am in the 320 range and dropping despite not riding much during the winter. I ride a mile or so each way to the train station during the work week and the occasional 5-6 miles on city streets or paved trail maybe every other weekend. Not much distance, I know, but I am riding a little more each week.
I look forward to learning from the forum and especially other Clydesdales. Safe and happy cycling!
Awesome! Looks like you are on your way to a good start. I'm from Contra Costa and might run into sometime.
You might want to check the regional forums, Nor Cal. Right now they are trying to get together the oddball ride (meaning everyone bring their 'different' bikes - although regular ones are welcome) and we won't be going so fast it's like a race. You are more than welcome to join! I myself use my Kona on a regular basis.
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