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Old 08-26-12, 10:03 PM   #1
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Hello from OK with a question...

Hey guys, first off my name is josh... I live in Oklahoma and originally from CT... Which leads me to my question..

But first a bit of background:

I recently about a month and a half ago bought a trek wahoo new from bike one. I bought a mountain bike because I was planning in taking trips to CT and mountain biking with friends while also getting back into shape. One reason I veered away from a road bike was because I'm 6' and 250 lbs, and I was in great shape when biking non stop as a teen and before hurting my knee but thought due to my weight a mtb would better hold the weight and e more durable... Secod reason was because I thought I would do a lot of trail riding around here....And since I'm using this for exercise that the added friction and work I would be putting in to ride it would burn some more calories and provide a better workout.

Come to realize that I enjoy riding on pavement bike trails and almost regret not getting a road bike and that's tough considering I shelled out 600 for this. I usually ride 10-15 miles each time I hop on it about 3 times a week.

I was curious what I could do to possibly make it a bit faster on the road without putting a lot more investment into it... Or if it could be converted into a road bike even though it has disc brakes and geared to be a mtb lol.... Any help or suggestions would be great.

And it's there atleast some more aggressive handlebars that I could put on the straight bar to give me a different hand position??

Ps, I also bought it because I used to own a trek and specialized and those endured and were durable.

Sorry for the length and hope I can get some help/ideas.
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Hi Josh, welcome to Forums.

These would be good questions to ask in our Bicycle Mechanics forum. But a couple of things to consider straight off: probably the easiest and cheapest improvement is to get narrower "slick" tyres instead of what you have now, and make sure you have enough air in them. Changing handlebars is possible, but almost certainly requires changing shifters and brake levers too, driving up the cost.

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Changing tires will give you a smoother ride, but won't help much for speed.
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Putting slick tire is the best option for this, changing the handlebar to a drop bar can be done, but once you have finished, it will probably end up costing more that you paid for the bike in the first place.

Would look for some low roll resistance tires, being as the Wahoo is a 29er (same diameter rim as 700c), you have plenty of choice, something like a Schwalbe 700x35c Dureme.
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Thanks for the replies! I was def considering putting some slick or low resistance tires on them and possibly just putting some end bars on what I have so I don't have to adjust the shifter or brake levers but will give me a different handle bar position... Now that I'm riding road, it would've been nice to keep up atleast a bit with some other road riders, I'm standing and have it in high gear hauling arse and they are barely peddling and blowing by me
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