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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyall View Post
    Is that sort of like a woman into vintage washing machines?
    Totally. Except our rocks are a little older now and the rivers are even dirtier.
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    One size too big?

    Quote Originally Posted by girlonbike View Post
    Totally. Except our rocks are a little older now and the rivers are even dirtier.
    Well, as this thread has confirmed, fit is important for riding pleasure.

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    This thread is full of win.
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    One size too big?

    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    This thread is full of win.
    You know, when you start a thread with a pile of sh...crap, sometimes you find a kernel of truth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kona0197 View Post
    Sometime I feel like I am on my tip toes. Biggest issue I have is stand over height.

    Mookie - I ride often, my normal loop is around 5 to 7 miles. You can look at my Strava page.

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    5-7 miles is a good start, nothing wrong with that. Try increasing your distance, maybe head out on a 10 miler on the weekend one of these days. Strava will be good so that you can easily track your progress.

    Also, try walking every day. Walk to the store if you can. Or take a 20-30 minute stroll in the morning to start the day. Anything to stay active and keep that metabolism fired up.
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    Kona, you don't look like 5'7. And that 19 inch bike looks fine on you.
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    Are the tires different from the last bike build to this one? Might have some feeling of drag from the tires.

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    Kona, have you always been a man of such, *ahem* "carriage"? It may be your weight causing early fatigue, and not the bike size.

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    OP adding his photo puts things into better perspective.....Stick with the large!
    "The mind will quit....well before the body does"

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    Are the tires different from the last bike build to this one? Might have some feeling of drag from the tires.
    Yeah. They are IRC Myhtros XC. They have a folding bead and I don't know what they are made of but the have a really soft sidewall. They seem to never be at the right PSI and often slide around under my weight.

    Kona, have you always been a man of such, *ahem* "carriage"? It may be your weight causing early fatigue, and not the bike size.
    Yeah, I have always been over 200. I was around 230 when I was smoking. I quit in '08. I have never had any other bike make me as tired as this one does. Maybe the frame or bike weighs too much.
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    Riding on the road, bike paths, or off road?
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    My loop is 1/3 road, 1/3 dirt, 1/3 light gravel.
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    How wide are those tires? A lightweight xc tire like that probably isn't the best for your weight and will likely feel squirrely no matter what. Beefier tires might weigh a bit more but give you a better ride.

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    26x2.1". I have always ridden 2.1 or 2.2 inch tires. Never had a folding bead tire before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kona0197 View Post
    Yeah. They are IRC Myhtros XC. They have a folding bead and I don't know what they are made of but the have a really soft sidewall. They seem to never be at the right PSI and often slide around under my weight.



    Yeah, I have always been over 200. I was around 230 when I was smoking. I quit in '08. I have never had any other bike make me as tired as this one does. Maybe the frame or bike weighs too much.
    They look like an XC race tire, should be plenty fast rolling at the right PSI. I don't know what it would be for you but I'd try around 40-45 if you aren't worried about traction in fast corners. Low PSI will make a bike feel super slow and like you're riding though sand or mud. If the reach it to far go to a 50mm stem, they're better anyway.

    It's not the bike that weighs too much. I weigh 160 and ride a 19" 2004 Hardrock frame with a 1x9 drivetrain, most of my friends betch at me that they can't keep up on the longer climbs.

    Don't forget the heat factor as well now that it's warming up in most of the country. A 10 mile loop on a 70 degree day is a totally different animal than on a 90 degree day.

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    I try to keep the tires at 50 PSI. I like the tires to be rock hard, always have. I think I am running a 50mm stem, or something smaller. It's really small.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kona0197 View Post

    Yeah, I have always been over 200. I was around 230 when I was smoking. I quit in '08. I have never had any other bike make me as tired as this one does. Maybe the frame or bike weighs too much.
    Kona, listen closely... are you listening? Are you sure.

    IT IS NOT THE BIKE OR THE TIRES OR THE FRAME MAKING YOU TIRED!!!!!!!
    It's your weight and the diabetes. My son is Type 1 and he's more tired than an average person. Add that to the extra 100lbs you're carrying and you're going to be more tired than you were even a couple of months ago.
    The fit looks fine. Lower the seat a tiny bit.
    Ride more, eat well, Keep up with your sugar levels. Don't let them vary too much or you'll get even more tired.
    Don't be so impatient. Give it time, give yourself time to get used to the diabetes.
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    Kona0197, I too once weighed 235lbs....and it freaking SUCKED. Once I quit smoking and eating like it was my last meal on Earth, my motivation to ride increased tenfold. Once that started happening - the weight flew off me. I went from a barrel-gut 43 waist to a 31, in about 3 years(I did it intentionally SLOW.....because the hanging skin flaps from rapid weight loss are actually WORSE than the fat itself!). Tying my own shoes used to require holding my breath and going for it.

    After being short and pudgy for most of my adult life - I finally wanted to prove to myself I indeed owned a set of six-pack abs. The health and mental benefits outweigh just about anything else on Earth. Losing all the extra pounds reversed my hypertension, congestive heart failure and borderline Diabetes condition. You can also DO it too, man!!!
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    My usual size is 17-18", currently riding a 19" and don't experience what you describe. In my case the most notable differences are stand over and top tube length but already got used to that so feels just like my regular size until I have to dismount.

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    One size too big?

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    Moran??!!

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    Yes moran. I suppose your new, and don't recall the f88me story. So, I'll forgive your ignorance.

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    wtf is a sock troll?

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    One size too big?

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    wtf is a sock troll?
    There are lovely descriptions in Wikipedia and urban dictionary, but in a nutshell, they are people with multiple accounts that are highly skilled at using them to generate a wide range of emotions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigfruits View Post
    wtf is a sock troll?
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    the big aussie rep bomb is comin your way

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbmb65 View Post
    Yes moran. I suppose your new, and don't recall the f88me story. So, I'll forgive your ignorance.
    "your" new?? Who exactly should be forgiving ignorance? LOL

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    One size too big?

    Quote Originally Posted by dirt farmer View Post
    "your" new?? Who exactly should be forgiving ignorance? LOL
    Ooh, la, la. You got me. Nice work!

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