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    New to Mountain biking, some questions

    So i think this is my first post. Im just getting into mountain biking, and i found a Trek 800 sinlge track on craigslist for a good price, just to see if this is a hobby ill like, and i fell in love with it already.

    Im a big rider, 6' 5" 320 lbs, and i figured this bike would hold me, and so far its done pretty well. I dont want to put alot of money into this bike, but i want to make it stronger.

    Today out on the trail i managed to bend my left pedal pretty good when i came down on a rock. What is a good but not too pricey pedal for big people?

    Also the grips on the handle bars are coming off, and one has a hole in it, are all grips pretty much the same, or are there some with higher quality that wont fall apart so fast?

    I think thats it for now. Thanks

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    I don't ride platforms so I won't bother giving you a suggestion for pedals, but as far as grips go get a pair of lock-ons. Pretty much every bike shop have them, and you'll never have to worry about them slipping. They normally run around $20-$30.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sixate
    I don't ride platforms so I won't bother giving you a suggestion for pedals, but as far as grips go get a pair of lock-ons. Pretty much every bike shop have them, and you'll never have to worry about them slipping. They normally run around $20-$30.
    Was just reading about lock ons and seems like the way to go, thanks.

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    IMO, platform pedals are all about the same. Sure some are better but if I was you I'd just get a mid-priced set of metal platform pedals. Another thing you might look into upgrading is the rims or even the whole wheelset. Rims/wheelset can make or break a bike.
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    Grips

    EJames,

    If you have big hands and plan on riding alot, I would recommend a set of Oury's. They are good for big hands and will help you stay comfortable on longer rides. They are about $8.00 a set and they can be safety wired on the bars. Lock on's are nice but they are expensive and will shredded when you wreck and are expensive. I have been using Oury's for years and I won't ride with anything else. Try them you won't be disappointed especially if you have bigger hands. I hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadDuc916
    EJames,

    If you have big hands and plan on riding alot, I would recommend a set of Oury's. They are good for big hands and will help you stay comfortable on longer rides. They are about $8.00 a set and they can be safety wired on the bars. Lock on's are nice but they are expensive and will shredded when you wreck and are expensive. I have been using Oury's for years and I won't ride with anything else. Try them you won't be disappointed especially if you have bigger hands. I hope this helps.

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    That sounds good for me thank you. Ill look into it

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    cheap solid platforms you say? .. I've had excellent luck banging around this set of Wellgo LU95 pedals.. they are wide and use 2 screws per seam to hold them onto what look like aluminum bricks.. and I have found nothing more sturdy. Oh and did I mention they're only $15-$20.. I'm 6'2" and was $320 when I got them.. they've slammed into rocks, pavement, trees, and the back of my leg more than a few times.

    The downside? ... They have an intense toothie grip pattern along the edges.. which holds shoes great.. but if you slip, they'll bite into you like a rottweiler, I should know. (Actually the bite marks look like rows of large teeth and ppl thought I was bitten by a person, and I'll leave it at that.)

    For grips, I went with Ergon GP1 .. they are wing shaped and usually $30-35 .. worth every penny, they stave off numbness and help keep my arms in a straight line towards my brake levers from the elbow down. They are a very different experience from normal round grips, but for me this was in a very positive light. They also come in 2 sizes and the L is *really* large. It fit my neanderthal hands perfecto*
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Red
    I'm 6'2" and was $320 when I got them..

    WOW!!! You're pretty expsensive, aren't you? hehe
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    Quote Originally Posted by FireBallKY
    WOW!!! You're pretty expsensive, aren't you? hehe
    I meant 320#.. lol
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