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From personal experience: The #1 thing you're going to 'destroy in like a month of riding trails' as a heavier rider is the rear wheel. As soon as one spoke gets a bit out of tolerance the whole thing starts to come apart and go wildly out of true very quickly. The frame might only last 7 years instead of 10, maybe crank arms and spindle will wear out in 3 ...


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140kg is the absolute maximum, while 115 is the maximum you should budget for in case you want to add cargo as well. You couldn’t, for example, put 130kg of bike + rider (even though that’s less than 140kg!) and then 25kg of cargo on top, because that would be 155kg, which is over the 140kg hard limit. Do be aware than even though you’re not officially over ...


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Honestly you'd be fine with either. I have both - the summer tyres on my randonneuring/touring bike are gator hardshell, and the summer tyres on my commuter hybrid are marathon plus. Within the marathon range, the closest equivalent to the gator hardshell is the marathon supreme. That might be my favourite road tyre except for the price (I've had 32s and 35s)...


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Schwalbe Marathon Plus and Continental Gatorskin are two of the most established and most-discussed lines of tyres on this site (170 results and 89 results respectively if you search them in "Questions"). If you had to choose one over the other for a five-mile urban commute (trying to avoid a couple of smashed bottles each way) and could buy them ...


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There are reviews of both tires on bicyclerollingresistance.com: https://www.bicyclerollingresistance.com/tour-reviews/schwalbe-marathon-plus-2015 and https://www.bicyclerollingresistance.com/road-bike-reviews/continental-gator-hardshell The Continental Gator Hardshell is considered a road bike tire, albeit a very puncture resistant one. The Schwalbe ...


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The rear fender will act mostly to keep spray off of you, as opposed to the drivetrain; the spray hitting the bottom bracket and chainrings will be coming off the front wheel. I would argue that it's more important to have a front fender than a rear one. Sheldon Brown has a pretty good page on fenders; it explain how full fenders are much better than ...


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Chainguard is not there to protect chain from dirt spray from tires, unless it is a completely enclosed chainguard (which is not feasible on derailleur bicycles). A chainguard is there to protect your pants from chain oil. Should you install a chainguard, then? Yes! It protects your pants from chain oil. But to protect your chain from dirt spray, you'll need ...


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The only problem is, the bike is very old and weighs just shy of 20 kg. It's a heavy one! It also has Kenda Kinetics tyres, I think they are made mainly for off road so not the fastest. It is indeed quite heavy. In this very special case, aiming for ligher weight in moderation is useful. However, many lightweight bikes are not durable, so one needs to ...


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