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Old 11-09-14, 06:52 PM
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I'm so happy to ride again!

Hello all,

I'm 6'3 380 lbs down from 490 thanks to riding an old Schwinn Stationary. Recently I starting riding a hard tail someone gave me but its a size Small frame, so my hands go to sleep after 20 mins. I have $400 to buy a single speed rigid and I like the looks of bikesdirect's Gravity 27five SS, and Vitus bikes Dee 1-26. Any advice on which bike would handle a beating better will be greatly appreciated! The Vitus has five year warranty on the frame and fork the gravity is a 1 year. Thanks for any help.

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Old 11-09-14, 06:56 PM
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Welcome! At only 230 lbs. I'm tiny!

So the 27.5 is the tire size, right? Any chance of a 29er?
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Yes 27.5 wheels, from what I've read smaller wheels are stronger than larger wheels? Gravity also makes a rigid 29er ss for $399
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I am about your size (started at 6"3' and 396 pounds, and am now down to 370 pounds). The rims on the 29er mountain bikes will support your weight just fine without upgrades.

I did have to buy an upgraded road wheel for my road bike.

Have fun cycling.

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Old 11-09-14, 08:14 PM
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I think a 29er would be ideal for my size just don't have money to build a stout set of wheels if I destroy the stock ones.
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I'm only planning on street rides until I get a lot more weight off so maybe stock MTB wheels will be OK? What tire pressure should I run? I been running 60 with no prob but I would like a little less resistance than the knobby tires provide.
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I seriously doubt you'll be worse off with a 29er than the 27.5. Generally, the 27.5 were developed because the 29er frames didn't fit little people. You qualify as a bigger person!

This is a generalization, but you're better off with the stouter, bigger frame and tires. The geometry of the littler bikes matched the littler wheels, hence the 27.5 was introduced--because most riders are littler than you or I.

Tire pressure, again a generalization, is determined by the tires. If you're riding on asphalt, you're probably going to be better off with higher PSI than on if you're riding on dirt. Part of your issue will be feeling " comfortable " on the bike. If I we're you I'd be thinking 50-55 PSI to start. It doesn't cost anything to raise it to 60 if you and your tires are okay with that.

Have you ever ridden a 29er? Why don't you walk intro a bike shop and ask to ride both a 29er and a 27.5?

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I rode a 29er in a 21" size and it was so much more comfortable than than the small 26" I have but it felt a lot more unwieldy and akward?
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