Seem to be an occasional thread about pedals - maybe some known clyde proof pedals? Weight loss is another common one. Maybe a FAQ on rear shocks (air and coil) and the weight differences between them. Maybe a link to the Tora318 thread? Maybe a list of clyde proof FS bikes? Definitely something on clyde proof wheels/rims (maybe the top 5 popular choices for 26's and the top 5 for 29's?
Maybe create a couple of higher level threads and then create a sticky linking to them?
Okay, I'm a newbie and recent lurker-convert, so forgive me if I go astray...
Here are a few questions that I have had that may be useful to other clydes that are just getting started or returning to mountain biking:
Bike Sizing for Big Boys
You already touched on this and it would certainly warrant a sticky.
FS v. HT v. Rigid
What are the unique factors a clyde must consider when purchasing a new ride? What are the strengths/weaknesses of each category of bike?
Steel v. Aluminum v. Carbon Fiber v. Other
Related to the above discussion, but possibly unique enough to discuss separately: What are the unique factors a clyde must consider when purchasing a new ride? What are the strengths/weaknesses of each category of bike?
What are the special considerations for a clyde when choosing a suspended fork? What must a clyde do with each brand of fork to modify for our relative heft? Tutorials would be fantastic!
Beyond personal preferences, what must clydes do to help ensure safety and durability on the trail when it comes to wheels, rims and hubs? What is absolutely bombproof, regardless of weight? What is the best combination of value, weight and trail durability? How does a clyde evaluate a wheelset?
Previously suggested and currently being discussed in the Clyde forum.
Clothing for Clydes:
Where can big boys get properly-sized bike-specific clothing (jerseys, baggies, etc.), especially, XXL, 3XL and 4XL? Which clothing lines are the best value? Which are the most durable? Which retailers have the most stock of clyde clothing?
I know this is *a lot* of info to request, and I know much of it is covered in individual threads in the Clydes forum, as well as in other forums on MTBR. But, that being said, it might still be something worth aspiring to as time and resources become available.
Thanks for your hardwork and consideration. You make a big difference to all of us Mark (no pun intended...)! :-)
good post dog.gone... i'll do a search of various old threads that somewhat cover these subjects as I have time... I'm not a parts breaker like some others and I expect some of the old threads to have some great stuff for em... if we can find em.
Let me know if I can help in some way.
which has recently been cut down a lot by finaly finding a job (yay)...
Congrats! Maybe it will finally be my turn to find a new job...
...and just for reference... the answer is ALWAYS 29er ;-)
As I have also found in my search for low-cost, 36h, bullet-proof wheels for a 300lb rider, he has some pretty darned good pricing on pre-built wheelsets as well. Here's his blog w/ the wheelset specials:
I think it would be good to start a list of all clide proof componants.
not just wheels and bikes,but every thing we could get, stems, bars,cranks,
everything and anything that I'll brake and need to upgrade.
[QUOTE=spazzy] Might as well sell your bikes, E-riding is much more productive.
1) Your budget.
How much do you have to spend on the bicycle (not including accessories such as helmet, gloves and other accessories).
2) What bikes, if any, are you already considering?
(Please try to limit the selection to a handful if at all possible, and provide links to those bikes. Remember, we don't always know the exact specs of all the bikes out there!)
3) What type of riding do you intend to do?
(e.g. Cross Country, Freeride, Downhill, paved paths)
4) Do you have a preference over a hardtail or full suspension?
5) Age, weight and height.
(In many instances very important for a variety of reasons).
6) What sources will you consider buying from?
(e.g. Your Local Bike Shop, online vendors, or used bike sources such as mtbr classifieds, craigslist, ebay and others)
7) Do you want people to offer you alternative suggestions to issues such as budget, bikes already considered, and sources?
didn't know they had weight limits?... granted certain treads and compounds I can see washing out under a clyds power and girth more easily... also a fatter tire will have more cushion to it... i'm still tempted to try a surly 3.7 up front on my next 29er build (26" rim)... and go sans suspension... run it at 8psi or so... but that would cost almost as much as a decent fork would ($100 fork, $100 tire, $150+ wheel)... but think for our trails it would prob work out well
er anyway... if anyone had thoughts/opinions/info on tires/tyres... post it on up
From my personal experience with the OEM tire on my Rockhopper, the max pressure rating on the sidewall was 65 PSI. Under my weight, this pressure resulted in excessive deflection (flattening) of the tire. My LBS was able to swap the OEM tire for the same tire (Spec Fast Trak LK Sport) with a 80 PSI rating. The extra 15 PSI provided the additional support needed.
The following site also mentions weight limits for tires.