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Challenged Rider(9 posts)

Challenged RiderTrem Slaberan
Nov 26, 2001 1:22 PM
Hello. I'm 35 years old, 350 lbs and I rode all the way to the grocery store (about 1 mile). Isn't that cool? I think I'm ready for racing. What races are good for a beginner?
re: Challenged Riderdiaper gravy
Nov 26, 2001 1:27 PM
Mount Washington auto road race. Its less than 8 miles.
Thanks! Will check it out (nm)Challenged Rider
Nov 26, 2001 1:47 PM
local fair!
Nov 26, 2001 1:51 PM
probably has a pie-eating contest
that's not very funnyTrem Slaberan
Nov 26, 2001 1:54 PM
I know I have a weight problem. You dont have to remind me., I just want to start racing.
maybe mtn biking then!
Nov 26, 2001 1:55 PM
you can do downhill
maybe mtn biking thenTrem Slaberan
Nov 26, 2001 2:17 PM
I never thought of that. Maybe I'll be a downhill racer. At least until I can lose a few pounds. What kind of bike do I need for that? I've seen those mongooses at K-mart. Can I pick one of them up until I get better?
Oooh, don't do that....metonymy3
Nov 26, 2001 3:51 PM
Don't buy a dept store bike. But if you really can't afford a cheap bike from a bike shop, do not, repeat, do not buy a full suspension (rear shock) bike from Kmart/WalMart. Bad. Especially at your weight. They're made just to look cool, and you'll lose about 97% of your pedal effort pumping the suspension up and down. Unfortunately, that's just about all they make now. Go to a bike shop. You'll be glad. They'll help you out in choosing, and they'll do some maitenance free if you buy it there. You'll also get the benefits of good sizing, shifting that actually works, and a seatpost with adjustable tilt (yes, I've really seen a fixed seatpost on a full sus Wal Mart bike. The saddle was at about a 25 degree angle from the ground. Not pretty :-)

Downhill racing is extremely technical, and you'll have to train and practice a lot to race. And kind of bike racing will require training ahead of time, and a decent bike before you'll be competitive. Don't jump into this so fast. Buy a decent bike, ride with a group (at your LBS or local club) and THEN race if you still want to. It's a lot more complicated than you think.

Chris
Are you being serious? (nm)Allen az
Nov 26, 2001 4:44 PM