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Old 10-22-13, 07:45 AM
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Hope all is well for everyone...from Chris.

Good morning my friends,
I started biking again at the beginning of August after 13 years. I currently ride between 50-60 miles a week. I needed to get myself back in shape after ballooning up to 260 this past February. After exercising and changing my diet I am down around 230 lbs. I have hit a plateau tho and would like some advice on how to get over this hump. Oh I am a 40 year old male about 6 feet tall if that helps.

Also, I have 2 bikes that I ride. We are not rich or well of by any means so I don't have the fancy brand names that would be ideal for consistent riding. I ride an Next Powerclimber 26" (yes piece of junk I know). I do really well with it averaging about 10-11 miles in an hour. I take care of it as best I can with my limited knowledge and it has lasted through trails and roads very well. The roads are very hilly so it is not easy at all.

My wife recently bought me a new bike. A Mongoose XR-PRO 29". Awesome bike but wow is it hard to ride. I did one of my normal courses with the new bike and it took me a good half hour more to complete it. It felt like I was really laboring the whole time. Even going down hills where you can really pick up speed it just didnt coast well.
Just to make sure I wasn't going nuts I did the exact same course this morning with the old bike and my pace was great and I was able to crank out another mile and a half in about 20 minutes less time than yesterday with the new bike.

Am I doing something wrong or what do I need to do to "break-in" this new bike. Criticism of all kinds is welcome but please nothing insulting.
Thanks for reading,
Chris
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Old 10-22-13, 07:58 AM
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Hi Chris, from Chris Any bike that gets you out and riding is a good bike IMO so there shall be no true bashing here. A big thing though with those big shop box bikes is they often need to be taken apart and put back together correctly, you're wifes bike may just need a tune up, IE checking all the bearings for grease and getting everything adjusted just right.


If you're interested stop by the bicycle mechanics forum and you'll get tons of help, as coasting should be easy even on a 29er. Two things I'd check right away, one that the brakes aren't dragging on either rim and also that the wheel hubs aren't over tightened causing drag.

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Old 10-22-13, 08:26 AM
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Welcome to BF and good luck with the new bike! If you're having chronic troubles with it, getting a triage/diagnosis/prognosis done by a good LBS might be an idea.
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Hey to some extent-a bike is a bike!
Once you get more bike aware-you will be able to judge bike "goodness" better.
Then you will be able to pick up some pretty good bikes-used-for $200 or less.
But for now-you need a "why" on why the new bike is slower.
My guess-the TIRES are either lower pressure- or have bigger lugs -like mudder tire on a truck.
What do the new tire look like?
Tiny chance it is wheel bearings- too tight so wheel won't roll as readily
OR- the brakes might be DRAGGING

Try this- lift up the front of bike-hold by handle bar-spin the wheel( with just a good pull spin with your hand)-time it-do both bikes front and rear
spin the wheel-time it- do it with both bikes
Do they spin for about the same length of time- mine- did 40 seconds front 20 seconds rear-
guessing any front should spin for 30 seconds any rear for 10-15 seconds

So
1) Are tires LUGGED-like a MUDDER TIRE vs old bike
2) Pressure at least 40 psi- what is old bike
3) Do brakes DRAG- you will "hear" it sorta see it
4) Do both fronts spin for ABOUT the same time-30 seconds maybe- both rears same time-maybe 15 seconds

Oh I get the short of funds-wife became ill-big bills poor insurance-became disabled- but once you become more "bike smart" you will be able to get a great bike for not much $$-not something to do now-just file away in memory banks
But a bike is a BIKE-fun good exercise

Weight loss- tricky- plateaus are common in weight loss-just continue as you are-maybe add some more veggies(I buy canned diced tomatoes-sams-del monte same-add them with cheese(protein calcium and tastes good) to everything-eggs broccoli spagetti etc) yeah food is expensive
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Originally Posted by phoebeisis View Post
Chris

Hey to some extent-a bike is a bike!
Once you get more bike aware-you will be able to judge bike "goodness" better.
Then you will be able to pick up some pretty good bikes-used-for $200 or less.
But for now-you need a "why" on why the new bike is slower.
My guess-the TIRES are either lower pressure- or have bigger lugs -like mudder tire on a truck.
What do the new tire look like?
Tiny chance it is wheel bearings- too tight so wheel won't roll as readily
OR- the brakes might be DRAGGING

Try this- lift up the front of bike-hold by handle bar-spin the wheel( with just a good pull spin with your hand)-time it-do both bikes front and rear
spin the wheel-time it- do it with both bikes
Do they spin for about the same length of time- mine- did 40 seconds front 20 seconds rear-
guessing any front should spin for 30 seconds any rear for 10-15 seconds

So
1) Are tires LUGGED-like a MUDDER TIRE vs old bike
2) Pressure at least 40 psi- what is old bike
3) Do brakes DRAG- you will "hear" it sorta see it
4) Do both fronts spin for ABOUT the same time-30 seconds maybe- both rears same time-maybe 15 seconds

Oh I get the short of funds-wife became ill-big bills poor insurance-became disabled- but once you become more "bike smart" you will be able to get a great bike for not much $$-not something to do now-just file away in memory banks
But a bike is a BIKE-fun good exercise

Weight loss- tricky- plateaus are common in weight loss-just continue as you are-maybe add some more veggies(I buy canned diced tomatoes-sams-del monte same-add them with cheese(protein calcium and tastes good) to everything-eggs broccoli spagetti etc) yeah food is expensive
This guy here speaks truths, I only bring up the brakes/bearings because of where your bike was likely assembled and I've seen/encountered to many horror stories not to give the warning
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Money is on the pads rubbing.......are you also a member of bigboxbikes TC?
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