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older huffy and insecurity moving on

Old 04-24-11, 10:58 PM
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older huffy and insecurity moving on

I have a "old" Huffy Ironman 21 speed I think it is circa late '90's but who knows really. I have done generalized lubes/cable changes/greasing/ spoke checks every year. I used to ride it alot before and its been kept pretty ready to go wven when I tapered off. I like this bike alot, I've had it since high school or maybe before, it still looks fairly new because its been stored indoors for its entire life. here is my dilemna. I weigh in at 350lbs now and started out this year at 373lbs. I am loosing weight because I am changing life gears I guess but thats another story, I have a 3 year old son who is getting into biking and I am riding alot more (2-3 times a week when weather warrants). I really like this bike and it feels very sturdy to me for my weight and though I know it was never a nice bike in the grand scheme, but it has and is serving me well with no failures(I think I the only part replaced aside from cables/chains/pedals and other consumables is a rear derailer ). I am on the fence about upgrading to something but given the current "disposability" of all things now I am worried it will be hard to afford something that will hold up(considering my size). I think if I am riding more it may be worth it, but I do have a comfort with this bike that will be missed.

the frame is still in great condition, the bike rides sweet, but it was a pricepoint bike and its old(and lugging around a big dude its whole life), do I just keep riding and fixing as I go? or do I move on and save myself the possible future headaches? I am not a "biking guy" but I like all things with gears and I am good with a wrench and am not afraid to work on it.
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How about you set a weight goal and get a new bike when you hit it? You are 350lbs now, how about do your research as if you are 325lbs and use that as your motivation?

As far as bikes being available for those weights, I know they are because people in this forum have them. I'm not quite that heavy so I'm not help in that department.
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any bicycle frame should be fine with your weight, same for components. Wheels, wheels, wheels, that's the main problem area for us heavy guys. I ride a Cannondale CAAD9-4 and no issues so far. I have ordered wheels that should ship today, but so far the stockers have been fine (around 200 miles), but I'm pretty sure I'd be breaking them before too long. 36 spoke Velocity Deep-Vs are where it's at for ultra clydes.
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If you like the bike and it works fine then keep it. If you get upgraded wheel that would be a plus and they can go on another bike in the future.
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If the bike still works fine, and you're physically comfortable on it, why worry about changing or upgrading? If and when you get to the point in your riding and weight loss that you think the bike is holding you back in any way, you'll know it. Then you can start the eternal hand-wringing process of deciding what to do.
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Someone said wheels is the thing that clydes have to consider the most. If your wheels are still true, just do the normal bearing maintenance and ride what you got. If they go out of true and you have to keep truing them, consider a new bike or at least new rims w/ upgraded hubs. The better the hubs, the less effort to spin, and the faster and farther you can go.
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I like the idea of keeping it till I hit a goal weight, that is a good idea. also agree if it ever holds me back I would probably not hesitate in parking it for a better plan. as far as the the wheels, so far with just a little checking and minor adjustments from time to time they have stayed true. I do not ride hard now, my son sets the pace on his 16" bike so I never have trouble keeping up, my goal for riding was not part of my diet plan, it was to encourage my son to be more active than I have been. I am seriously considering some 5" riser handle bars because I would like to be a bit more upright than I have been, (when we ride for a few hours my back and arms do say hello) but that is a minimal cost that could be taken to the next bike if so desired (definitely leaning more "comfort" layout on the next one). I really appreciate all the good advice.
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