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    what up grades would you do first. On new bike

    I just purchased a Motobecane Fantom29 Sport. and I am excited to start riding It has been about 10 years since I rode a MTB did a lot of riding while bike Cop.

    The bike seems solid but I know weighing at a sexy 370 im going to run into issues. I willbe riding to and from work and mostly paved roads. I have been looking a seat post and posibly new rims. Any sugestions would greatly appreciated. I am on a budget and I know dealing with big guy stuff runs more $$.

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    Why upgrade anything yet? If you're primarily riding on the road I'd just wait and replace parts as they break/wear out. Your first upgrade maybe should be some road slicks.

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    1st upgrade should be- learn to keep proper maintenance on your new bike.
    SPOKES will loosen. Keeping them tight and learning to retention them will save you some headache. Regardless of the quality level they will need maintenance.
    I've also had troubles with "loose ball" style hubs loosening on me.

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    If you're just commuting I guess this isn't a big deal but once you start riding trails that would be the first upgrade I would do. This is of course assuming you aren't exceeding the weight limit of your wheels to the point it is dangerous (many wheels have 150-200lb rider limits, which I myself am way over), then safety first!

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    schwalbe big apple tires.. awesome commuter tire. and make sure you have all the tools and accessories needed if you break down. after that, just ride. you'll quickly realize what you need to do/buy to improve your experience.
    Rockhopper 29er

    -FSA Carbon handlebars, stem, & seatpost
    -2011 Rockshox Reba
    -Stan's Flow Wheelset
    -Ergon Grips

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    Tubeless conversion, you can do it for less than $50, and it's way better than slime in your tubes.
    Why would you be looking to replace the seatpost and rims?

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    Big guys need strong pedals, make sure you're not rolling on stock junk...

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    I'd say replace as you go. A$$ hurts, get a new seat. Etc. No need to toss money at it until you ride it and 'feel' that something should be different. Just keep in mind that certain things (like saddles) actually may have weight guidelines.
    “Think of bicycles as rideable art that can just about save the world.”
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    Buy nice shorts with a great chamois for comfortable rides.
    Keep pedaling no matter what

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    I would recommend several of the above. I am 300 lbs. but do have a friend near your size.

    1. Comfortable shorts with the chamois in them. Checkout Aero Tech Designs Cycling Apparel | Bike Shorts | Bibs | Biking Jerseys

    2. Repair as you go. Learn basic maint. most of your LBS will offer a free class on basic maint.

    3. Don't worry at this time about going tubeless at this time.

    4. Invest in a commuter tire. Will make your ride more comfortable.

    5. Riding to work, dress layers, move away from wearing cotton.

    Enjoy your ride.

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