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New member, hello forum. Here's my question: Is moving up to a 29" mtb going to benefit me THAT much? I realize the first generic (understandably) is going to be "What kinda riding do you do?" To that I answer just regular street riding. Curbs, speed bumps, pot holes, gravel, some dirt. I breifly owned a road bike and I swear when I turned into parking lots the impact into the seams in the pavement from street to concrete felt like my fillings were being jarred loose. Plus, only the highly skilled road cyclists can regularly do bunny hops and w/ my 40lb Schwinn Protocol I can hit anything but it feels like a tank compared to my previous 18lb road bike.

Flying on my road bike was fun but bumps and dirty pock marked pavement made me return it. Did I do the right thing?
 

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Flying on my road bike was fun but bumps and dirty pock marked pavement made me return it. Did I do the right thing?
No, you have made a terrible, terrible mistake. But there is hope.... get yourself down to a local real-bike shop and have a look at some of the fatter-tire gravel/road bikes they have out. For your kind of riding, you might like a flat-bar road/gravel bike but you probably don't need front suspension, definitely don't need rear suspension. You can find a much lighter bike than your current rig that is still going to smooth out the small bumps in the road.

If you know what you're looking for, an older, used Mtb with a rigid fork could be the way to go. Saves you money too.
 

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it sounds like you just need a bike to do a bit of everything,
have you considered a 26" bmx criuser bike? (for example, heres one that would be 1 million times better than your schwinn right now https://www.the-house.com/qfrt626bb18zz-framed-bmx-bikes.html)

it would get you where you need to go and still have some fun on it.
if your riding street most of the time (only thing i would so is change the rear brake to a hydraulic one)

and if you prefer a 29er, they make the same version in that wheel size as well
(here it is https://www.the-house.com/qfrt929wg20zz-framed-bmx-bikes.html)

good luck on your cycling adventure! hope you find what your looking for!
 

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Ride the bike that you have. If your skills ever supersede the limits of your bike, figure out what you think you may be looking for and then come back to the forums and some competent riders can assist you. For now, just go ride your bike. Cheers.
 
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