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Old 04-21-21, 10:10 AM
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Any Clydesdale MTB Riders out there?

I'm new to this. Big guy. 6'3" - 235. And not the fit kind, so my weight will come down in time. My question is, at my size, how much effort should I put in to trying to get air coming off jumps? Or maybe I should just stay away from them? Oh, and I'm 53 yrs old.
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Originally Posted by metz1295 View Post
I'm new to this. Big guy. 6'3" - 235. And not the fit kind, so my weight will come down in time. My question is, at my size, how much effort should I put in to trying to get air coming off jumps? Or maybe I should just stay away from them? Oh, and I'm 53 yrs old.
oh my clyde you silly goose.
​​​big fellas when they fall at 50+ yrs old go boom.
and things break
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Originally Posted by thehammerdog View Post
oh my clyde you silly goose.
​​​big fellas when they fall at 50+ yrs old go boom.
and things break
At 57 I now say there are no freebies for falling off; I have to pay every time.

It's not unusual to show up Monday morning with bruises, scrapes, a tensor bandage and/or a limp while I help others walk as a rehab assistant.
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Old 04-21-21, 07:39 PM
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I don't tend to "get air" but I am not a super skilled mountain biker. I wouldn't want to fall either but have some fun.
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Old 04-21-21, 08:34 PM
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235 isn't that heavy so I wouldn't really worry about it. I ride with several 250-270lb guys. The 270lb guy broke a few frames but I've also broke a frame at 160lbs being stupid and jumping to flat without enough air in my fork. The biggest problem the big guys have is destroying cheap rear hubs. They usually ride whatever the bike comes with and then upgrade to a DT Swiss 240 once the stock hub blows up.
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Not too heavy for getting in the air, has upsides to doing so like learning how to land the bike which will help you in not loosing control when riding off drops as well as learning how to pull up as you leave the drop to land the bike better. Course getting it wrong hurts but start small and build up confidence.
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Old 04-22-21, 07:13 AM
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We're the same size and age and I say if you enjoy catching air, are a decent bike handler and have a good full suspension bike, go for it. I also do motocross with my grandson as well, so catching air is normal, even on bikes. I will say that I don't like doing it on my hardtail. My knees just can't take it.
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At your weight....bike frames and hubs sometimes don't like the landings. Breakage may occur.

I'm 49 and don't do a lot of jumps. 1.) Due to the lack of skills to do them properly, 2.) A lot of jumps have deductible written all over them and 3.) Recovery time from a crash takes longer.

Crashed once last year and bruised my ribs on the back side. I was off the mountain bike a month after that happened due to the pain that was felt when moving my upper body around. Ended up doing a lot of road biking that month.

I'd rather skip a jump and avoid the possible crash so I can ride again another day. My fearless spring chicken days are behind me.

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Originally Posted by metz1295 View Post
I'm new to this. Big guy. 6'3" - 235. And not the fit kind, so my weight will come down in time. My question is, at my size, how much effort should I put in to trying to get air coming off jumps? Or maybe I should just stay away from them? Oh, and I'm 53 yrs old.

49 year old Clyde myself who has been riding MtB's for 30 years. Came into the sport in my college days because being a student i could no longer afford to motocross

I just celebrated my first knee replacement surgery and in the past 3 years have gone through a meniscus tear, torn labrum surgery, rotator cuff surgery, deviated septum and a mastoidectomy to relieve concussion symptoms (i've had a good time )

--- Smile at the younger crowd as they do their turn downs, whips and gap jumps --- but my advice at this point in your career is to find a way to ride around them
- even with amazing medical insurance - (which i dont have - the downtime can suck )

Get the diet in order -- much more weight is lost at the table than on the pedals in general
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Old 05-20-21, 11:45 AM
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58 year old Clyde... A lot more busted up than 30 years ago. But, 30 years ago on full rigid bikes I was doing the 4' drops. Weighed 220-230 at the time, and broke a lot of things. Suspension anything was out of my affordable ranges.

Left knee replaced a bit over 11 years ago, got me back on bikes. Mostly road, but a little dirt on a 91 Fisher HooKooEKoo with a suspension fork.

Not long after that I crashed on the road bike and have 2 rods and 10 screws in my Thoracic section for my troubles (45MPH downhill beating a younger friend...). But the knee was never even scratched... Took me three years to get back on a bike.

That bike (front suspension 29er) was a gift from a kid I got involved in cycling 30 years ago, and showed up at the time I needed a boost. That was almost 7 years ago. Still was a rough road getting back to the bike and being active...

The last year that 29er has been more fun as I've lost weight. From a high of 378 to my current 240ish. I've even been on a neighborhood BMX track with a 90 rigid MTB and caught a LITTLE air. But catching air just isn't as comfortable or fun as it used to be. Even if I move to a fatbike or full suspension bike.

At my age, and now with a second knee replacement, I'm a lot more cautious than I used to be. Doesn't mean I can't stretch that envelope a little, now and again.
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