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Are you sure about your seating position? Some photos or videos of you on the bicycle (from behind and the side) would help to get a rough idea.


A mountain bike is not going to be inherently stronger. If anything a larger frame triangle is stronger. On a mountain bike you have a long seat post that is a point of failure. I don't recall seeing weight limits posted for bikes. Consider a touring bike as they are designed to handle a load. Or an expedition bike. I would go with a high quality ...


I am reading the links posted by others in this convo. There seems to be a wealth of knowledge here. Although there is a lot of feedback, none so far have answered the title of this post. Still wanting to hear back =)


If you are determined to get a new bike then look for a used one so that you get the best bike for the buck. Your local bike shop is the first place to check out. And read answers to other questions about getting a new bike (I added links even though you said you'd read lots). Also consider upgrades, such as cycling shoes and "clipless" pedals. But my ...


First - a lot has changed in 19 years, but not much. Some bikes are lighter, faster (and a lot more expensive) than 20 years ago. The difference between your Hardrock and a new one today is small enough not to matter for most people most of the time. I am with @Blam this - if just wanting to get fit its arguable a heavy slow bike is better - its certainly ...


With the rims brakes your bicycle use I would say there is no way you can change the wheel to a smaller diameter. But that is not a problem. You say last time you rode a bike was more than 10 years ago, and it was a different type of bike. It makes sense that you find it hard on this new bike, because more than it being different, you haven't been doing it ...


Changing the wheels will not change how you sit on the bike or the "fit". This bike uses rim brakes and a smaller wheel will force you to modify them heavily if it all possible. You can't wing this one and doing it right is way more expensive than this or a proper fitting bike is worth. Hybrid bikes are made to be more for a upright seating position. ...


The only thing that you might be able to bank on is the width of the saddle. I know specialized in particular has different widths for the same model of saddle based on where you sit bones are. Other than that, you will really need to try each saddle to know how it's going to feel. I have the Toupe on my road bike and it's fine for a road bike but I ...


Aside from lowering the seat, you might also look for handlebars that curve/point backward to prevent the rider from leaning forward too much. But this really also depends on the rider's arm and leg lengths. Can you find a smaller bike?

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