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    this big guy got a bike! a 29er too

    finally decided on a bike.

    Im a bit over the Cannondale weight limit spec, but my LBS said it wont be a problem. Im 6'1" clockng in at 335lbs and shrinking hahah

    I got a Cannondale Trail SL 4 29er in the beserker green.

    Im thinking since its build for mountain rigor, and ill start out on light trails, it will hold me fine. My goal is to weigh much less soon, so it shouldnt be a problem too long.

    Ok, any suggestions for accessories or advice to a total newb to riding ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmreed View Post
    finally decided on a bike.

    Im a bit over the Cannondale weight limit spec, but my LBS said it wont be a problem. Im 6'1" clockng in at 335lbs and shrinking hahah

    I got a Cannondale Trail SL 4 29er in the beserker green.

    Im thinking since its build for mountain rigor, and ill start out on light trails, it will hold me fine. My goal is to weigh much less soon, so it shouldnt be a problem too long.

    Ok, any suggestions for accessories or advice to a total newb to riding ?
    buy a good helmet!

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    oh yea, congrats on the new ride & enjoy!

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    Welcome back to cycling!

    Should have:
    Helmet, of course.
    Gloves.
    Hydration pack
    patch kit (learn how to use it)
    Small pump to fit in pack
    Multi-tool for pack is nice but not needed

    Nice to have:
    Shorts
    Jersey
    Arm warmers (when it cools off)
    Leg warmers (when it cools off)
    Jacket

    Over kill for a casual riding:
    After riding a while a HRM is really nice to have. Once I got used to it I feel naked w/o it.

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    Be sure to pay attention to tire pressure and make sure to give it a quick tune up after an intial break in period. And more than anything just ride, ride, ride. Even if it's just around the neighborhood. Anything less than 2 or 3 miles on my bike and I feel like Im just teasing myself. Have fun!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dadtorbn View Post
    Welcome back to cycling!

    Should have:
    Helmet, of course.
    Gloves.
    Hydration pack
    patch kit (learn how to use it)
    Small pump to fit in pack
    Multi-tool
    for pack is nice but not needed

    Nice to have:
    Shorts
    Jersey
    Arm warmers (when it cools off)
    Leg warmers (when it cools off)
    Jacket

    Over kill for a casual riding:
    After riding a while a HRM is really nice to have. Once I got used to it I feel naked w/o it.
    +1 also perhaps a spare tube & tire levers

    FYI Blue sky has a good combo pack with Camelbak, gloves, pump, seat bag, & a trip computer

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    MTB Shoes, I got FiveTen brand, really helps with arches and support. I got Crank Brothers 5050 pedels, tried clipliess and about broke my neck, good platforms are fine for us newbies. Lub e the chain and keep it clean. Seat position, not too high, not too low, have the bike shop help.
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    Hills, ride them and loose weight. Stop eating, no beer. Make sure your doctor knows you will be riding again. 160 beats per minute and you might die! NFL strike is over, go back to work...

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    thanks folks!

    Yogi, I better not kick the bucket at 160beats! Im looking forward to getting out there and riding. Bike gets picked up on Tuesday! Getting the hitch for the rack tuesday too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dadtorbn View Post
    Multi-tool for pack is nice but not needed
    Good post except I NEED my multi tool. Im not sure what type of bottom bracket interface your C-Dale uses but mine has a square taper that comes loose rather frequently. I use the 8mm on my multi tool just about every time I ride. I know I need new cranks but its not doable right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Koppuh Klyde View Post
    Good post except I NEED my multi tool. Im not sure what type of bottom bracket interface your C-Dale uses but mine has a square taper that comes loose rather frequently. I use the 8mm on my multi tool just about every time I ride. I know I need new cranks but its not doable right now.
    No C-Dale. I have a rather newish Speshy 29er FSR. I've only used my multi tool on the trail for tightening a rear fender (knocking on wood). Also, where I ride there's always people around at some point. If help was required I bet I could "borrow" one... That said I always ride with it...

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    Off topic a bit but I love those lime green c-dale's!
    Mountain bikers who don't road ride have no legs...
    Road riders who don't mountain bike have no soul...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dadtorbn View Post
    No C-Dale. I have a rather newish Speshy 29er FSR. I've only used my multi tool on the trail for tightening a rear fender (knocking on wood). Also, where I ride there's always people around at some point. If help was required I bet I could "borrow" one... That said I always ride with it...
    Oops, I meant the OPs C-Dale. Im sure your Speshy doesnt have a square taper interface. Most of the entry level bikes will come with a square taper these days. The multi tools are so small that theyre easy enough to cram into an underseat wedge. Funny, when I bought my Camalbak I thought Id never want one of those phunky wedges.
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    Let me know how you like the 29er. Thinking about getting one too.

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    I love my cannondale... however my wife got a Scott 29er and for about the same price it seems to be much better quality and better components. My cannondale camee with mechanical brakes while hers has hyraulics... the fit and finish is a bit better too. If I had it to do over, Id have gotten a Scott 29er for myself... but the Cannondale I got is a good bke - Im happy with it.

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