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Old 03-02-13, 07:35 AM   #1
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Looking for some opinions

I got back into riding about a year or so ago. i started back up on a Electra townie and after a few months I wanted something different. I can't seem to pass by a trail without checking it out and the townie wasn't up for it, so I sold that. Currently I'm riding a Giant Roam 2 and it's ok, I like it just fine on pavement but off road it's not great (it has stock hybrid tires on it). Living in florida I ride very rutted trails and have to cross alot of deep sand pits and I'm struggling on the roam. So I decided to get a second bike , should I put some hardcore knobbies on the roam , and keep it as my off road bike , or should I buy a new mountain bike and keep the roam for the street? I have about $600 to spend so what bikes should I be looking at? I'm 5'8 225 lbs. I don't want to change out the tires every time I switch my ride so I do want another bike.

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Old 03-02-13, 09:27 AM   #2
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Have you considered getting a new cassette, a new/old (budget dependent) wheelset and then using the nicer wheels for MTB riding, with the knobbly tyres and then maybe the less strong of the wheels with hybrid/road tyres for commuting/pavement?
Depending how much you can get a viable wheelset for, you may be on to something cheaper and not have to maintain two bikes worth of components and cleaning.
Then again, I've never done this, but I don't see a problem however I don't put it past someone to point out an obvious flaw. But, if you want another bike to have another bike, or there is one you like... Buy it! You'll probably feel better riding a bike you like than a bike that was a deal, unless you're like me and live off bargains!
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Do you have much in the way of faster paced, choppy, rooty, rocky types stuff that you ride, or is it mostly just the sand and ruts that are getting in your way on the Roam? It kind of sounds to me like you might have a blast on a fatbike. It would be tough finding one in your budget, though. You'd have to go used. Either way, look them up if you don't know about them. They're really fun to ride and are made to tackle the kind of terrain you described.

Otherwise I say find out how wide of tires you can possibly fit in the frame of the Roam. If it's ~2.5" or so, I think the idea of a second wheelset could be a good one. Or you can just get the wide tires on the Roam and save some money by buying a cheaper hybrid for the road. I think hybrids are a bit cheaper than MTBs. If you can't fit any particularly wide tires on the Roam, get an entry level MTB. You don't need anything crazy for the type of riding you're describing. You basically just need more room for wider tires, which is what the MTB frame will give you. The lowest entry level of any of the big brands would probably be just fine(Trek 3500, etc). Just know that you might want to swap out tires right away. The tires that come stock on those bikes are likely not great in sand(but would be better than the Roam). Tire width is the major factor for sand.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2gi1UA8u6M

This video is kinda lame, but it does do a good job of showing what a fatbike can do.
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Wow those fat tire bikes are bad a$$. Time to start saving.
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Sand pits suck in general. Even on a mountain bike. Keep your weight back, and as 3speed said, fatter tires help.
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If you do decide to get a new fatbike, On One recently came out with a fatbike that is ~$1200. Still way over your budget(or mine ), but I think it's the most affordable right now. It comes with decent components too. SRAM X7 and hydraulic disks or something like that if I remember correctly. I'm contemplating selling my current bike to get one, but can't quite decide it's worth it since I haven't spent that much time on a fatbike. Hmm...
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Found this for sale locally, and was curious of your opinion of it for the trails and sand. Pretty cheap for a fat bike.


http://fortmyers.craigslist.org/lee/bid/3653448319.html

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http://youtu.be/tZn04EqAfJk


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Is that a fat cruiser bike with microdrive...? Alright, here's the deal. It's not a mountain bike, it's a cruiser. So the geometry, components, etc are going to be made for casual rides around town and the beach, not for technical trails. So when you said "trails with sand," my first thought was of the trails around Moab that are pretty sweet mountain bike trails with some technical parts, and then the occasional sand pit. If that's what you're riding, you don't want that bike (or any fat bike, most likely). But if we're talking about like...riding on fire roads with pot holes to get from one part of the beach to the other, that'll be fine. Here's the other thing to consider...it's a 2-speed. So you don't have the range of gears you get with a regular mountain bike (though obviously single-speed has its proponents). You riding hills? Steep hills are easier to take with gears. And then there's the microdrive...you see it a lot on BMX bikes, and it looks like it's making an appearance here. Microdrive means lots of clearance between the ground and your chainrings, but it also means more wear on the chainring.
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...If that's what you're riding, you don't want that bike (or any fat bike, most likely)...
Until the On-One Fatty came out, which has "all terrain, trail geometry."
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