Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) - New Clyde on board!
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07-06-07, 09:45 AM
I'm pretty new to the board... You can read my intro HERE (http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=310872). I do a lot more reading than posting right now, but I'm hoping that as I continue to learn I can offer some words of wisdom...
First, I'd like to say that reading the posts in this forum is truly inspirational. You folks have and continue to make great successes in fitness and it's VERY impressive. Kudos to all.
I'm running around 230 right now, and would really like to get down to about 190/200. I'm about 6'2", so I will always be pretty heavy.
I'd like to ask- when selecting/building a road bike for people our size, how much thought does one need to give regarding the strength of the frame? Can I buy any quality road frame and be sure that it will take years of abuse from my 200+ pounds? I'm in the process of building myself a bike now, and I'd hate to buy a high end racing frame only to find out that it was designed to be used by a 130lb guy for one race season only... I'm reasonably fit, but am new to road cycling. I'm a fairly adept runner and swimmer and my girlfriend has competed in a few triathlons... I'm thinking that I might like to join her...
07-06-07, 09:48 AM
Welcome aboard Bob!
You are not huge on the clyde scale and will be able to ride anything save maybe the lightest of the carbon racers with no worries. Many here like steel frames and their 'flex' as opposed to aluminum, but that is a matter of taste, and matters more to the bigger clyde. Don't worry about frame strength.
07-06-07, 10:08 AM
Oh good. I came to the forum after purchasing a 7100 and was worried after some of the other threads that I might have some troubles on the way.... but I'm about Bob's size.
07-06-07, 11:00 AM
Bob and wirehead,
Welcome to both of you. You'll both find a wide range of folks and bike here. Matter of fact I just picked up a Trek 7000 for my wife and she's loving it! I was almost NOT going to consider this bike, but had a number of recomendations for it and it really seems to have worked out for her.
Bob, You say you are building up a bike right now? Good for you! I just finished my Clyde Bike and it was a very good project for me, and I know exactly what I have into it too. Those parts that I hand selected and installed really made the bike what it is. Reliability and smoothness was what it was all about for me, and I got it in spades on this bike. I hope your project goes as well as mine.
07-06-07, 11:19 AM
Thanks everybody! Good to know that I shouldn't have any frame concerns... I suppose it will be good motivation to get svelte and stay svelte anyway...
I've been riding a late 80's Miyata Steel frame which has really been great to me. It's a fun bike, and the steel frame feels very nice. It is however, a bit old and heavy, and there are some features I'd like to get rid of (like downtube shifters). I had planned to just upgrade the components, but now I'm thinking I'd prefer to keep the Miyata original, and build something custom for myself.
Ang1sgt- What makes your bike a clyde bike? I've read that I should probably go to a 32 spoke wheelset for strength. I'm not racing now, and if I ever decided to I could get a special pair just for that. Anything else in particular?
07-06-07, 12:25 PM
I've been riding a late 80's Miyata Steel frame which has really been great to me. It's a fun bike, and the steel frame feels very nice. It is however, a bit old and heavy, and there are some features I'd like to get rid of (like downtube shifters).
Why not switch to barcons?
07-08-07, 05:35 PM
Honestly, I'm not sure what Barcons are? I had originally planned to slowly upgrade the Miyata, but then I found myself buying a full ultegra groupo in one shot. My Miyata is such a sweetheart, I couldn't bear to tear it down and swap things out... So I decided to keep it original, as a touring bike, and start looking for a frame to hold all of the ultegra parts... Well, lo and behold, I found the frame... more details + pics to come!
07-08-07, 05:59 PM
My bike is just spec'd out in such a way that I LOVE it and I know what is in it. I bought a Steel MTB frame and sized it slightly larger than normal because I knew I would be Rail Trail and Road riding it. It's got a Carbon Fiber Fork instead of steel, alloy or a Suspension fork because I wanted to keep the weight down. All the parts you can't see like the Bottom Bracket and headset are Higher Quality than the bikes in the $600-$1000 price range which was my target.
It's over-built for my Current 265 lbs down from 275 a month ago.
Barcons are a good idea for your Miyata. Still a classic look to a bike, but the ability to have indexed shifters which is a good thing.
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