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Old 08-14-2018, 03:19 PM
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If your knees hurt either your seat is too low or the bike is just generally too small.

I was surprised that the more modern frames in my old bike’s “size” felt much bigger - especially with the larger 29” tires.
Agree! Biking really shouldn't be all that hard on your knees. I have bad knees from playing catcher for 20 years and bike a lot. My knees give an audible grinding noise when climbing stairs. Don't have issues on the bike. Larger diameter wheels with narrower and smoother tires will get you going faster, and keep you going, with less effort than a 26" mountain bike with wide/knobby tires. Would also recommend not having a suspension fork. They're heavy and absorb much of the effort you put into the pedals as you climb hills. Don't know what you're riding.

Most bicycle shops offer a professional "bike fit" for a small fee.
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Old 08-14-2018, 03:44 PM
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If your knees hurt either your seat is too low or the bike is just generally too small.

I was surprised that the more modern frames in my old bike’s “size” felt much bigger - especially with the larger 29” tires.
I doubt it's the seat as if it were adjusted any higher every time I stopped I'd have to completely dismount to touch the ground. It wouldn't surprise me if the bike was too small, but it's the bike I've got. I think it used to be my wife's old mountain bike when she lived in Arizona. I haven't owned a bike of my owning a really long time. Back in my teens, and early 20's I did a bunch of trail riding and just generally biked all over. Now I don't bike enough to justify any real expense on a bike.
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I doubt it's the seat as if it were adjusted any higher every time I stopped I'd have to completely dismount to touch the ground. It wouldn't surprise me if the bike was too small, but it's the bike I've got. I think it used to be my wife's old mountain bike when she lived in Arizona. I haven't owned a bike of my owning a really long time. Back in my teens, and early 20's I did a bunch of trail riding and just generally biked all over. Now I don't bike enough to justify any real expense on a bike.
I hear you. My wife is using the same logic against me getting a new bike. I could probably sell my old one to make up a bit of the difference and free up some storage space but I’d likely only get $80 for it. The bike shop offered me $50 toward a trade.
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Agree! Biking really shouldn't be all that hard on your knees. I have bad knees from playing catcher for 20 years and bike a lot. My knees give an audible grinding noise when climbing stairs. Don't have issues on the bike. Larger diameter wheels with narrower and smoother tires will get you going faster, and keep you going, with less effort than a 26" mountain bike with wide/knobby tires. Would also recommend not having a suspension fork. They're heavy and absorb much of the effort you put into the pedals as you climb hills. Don't know what you're riding.

Most bicycle shops offer a professional "bike fit" for a small fee.
I hear you on the narrower tires and weight of the fork, but I don’t want to do roads and maybe even get off the walking trails and into true cross country. For that you need wider tires and suspension. Besides, forks are adjustable and can even be locked out entirely with presets. It’s amazing how the technology has advanced in the last 15 years.
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