An old, slow cyclist is baffled by today's MTB technology
October 21, 2012 10:39 AM Subscribe
I haven't ridden offroad for more than 20 years. Please help this large, slow, stately cyclist get his mountain bike on.
posted by scruss to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I would like to get a mountain bike. Last time I rode, U-brakes, Biopace and white bikes with neon highlights were (regrettably) quite the thing.
- I'm a big dude: 181 m, 112 kg.
- I would likely be riding trails in the Toronto ravine system.
- I'm not big on spending hours on pre- and post-ride maintenance — although I'll happily do what's required to ensure I have a safe bike that won't be an immovable pile of oxide by the next ride.
- I'm not bothered about bike weight one bit. I'm heavy enough, and my commuting bike likely weighs twice as much as the new purchase will.
- My riding style is best described as “stately”. My ideal bike would be something like a Cleland, but it doesn't look like they'll ever be made again.
- Rim brakes are right out. I'm not about wheels as consumables, and I'd like to be able to stop somewhere short of Lake Ontario if it's muddy.
- Budget is up to about $1500.
Bikes I've looked at and not been entirely horrified by include: Specialized Rockhopper Comp 29
, Devinci Wooky XP
, and the Surly Ogre
. The Ogre looks almost perfect (steel frame! no suspension!), but the component specs are much lower than other bikes in this price range.