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    Default Cycling in Alaska, 29er for roads & trails ?

    I used a 29er when in So California for my riding.
    Was planning on mostly riding the trails.
    Did a few trips on the road & fell in love with cycling & riding the 29er on roads.
    Over 1000 miles riding. Great vacation.
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    Back to Alaska & bought a 29er and am riding the roads, (during "break-up"trails right now are marginal ).

    For me the bigger tires give a softer ride. Shock on the front is nice too. (can lock it out when needed )
    Comfort is the biggest concern for my old back & body

    I know I'm not as fast as if I had a road bike but don't think I'm that far behind.

    Bike is heavier, but if I keep riding, maybe I'll get light to compensate. LOL
    I inflate to 45# for the road & when the trails open up, will drop the pressure to 30 or so (have pump onboard)
    Working good for the sandy gravely bike trail & road berms .

    Got about 90 +/- miles on the bike so far, just mounted a speedometer / odometer / trip logger.
    my 29er tire is 90.625" for 1 revolution (2301 mm)

    Anyone else using a 29er for their all around paved roads & trail riding?

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    I have a couple of Trek 29ers. I ride them mostly on bike paths and gravel roads. Sometimes on trails. Really like them. Haven't tried a fat tire bike yet, but know people who really like them for off road stuff.
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    Have a 26" hybrid , the 29er is much easier & more comfortable to ride.
    29ers seem to be the bike of choice past few years.
    Multi use, ok speed & more comfort.

    Am a few years retired , a little comfortable is important.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudbuddy View Post
    Have a 26" hybrid , the 29er is much easier & more comfortable to ride.
    29ers seem to be the bike of choice past few years.
    Multi use, ok speed & more comfort.

    Am a few years retired , a little comfortable is important.
    I did away with the hatchet head seat on mine. When I bought mine, I was testing out a comfort bike and the 29er at the same time. There was a lot I liked about the comfort model, but glad I bought the 29er. Picked up a 2nd one used, barely. Had 5 miles on it. Lots of extras and was half the price of my new one.
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    Upgraded the seat on mine too. Have a shock seat post too.
    Just added speedometer & rear rack . Ought to be good to go .

    Be nice to get a good deal on a 17" one. Most I saw (at decent price) on CL were large frames.
    Could set it up different.

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    I've been using a 29er for a few years now....I'd never go back to anything else for either off trail or on trail use.
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    Would like to get in shape enough to do the Hatcher Pass Epic.
    Ride a 29er over Hatcher Pass

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