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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 06-14-16, 07:15 PM   #1
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Road/Gravel Bike Hive Recommendation

New 211 pounder here, 5ft 9in, with a 32in inseam. I've been doing single-track for about a decade but my 30s are making the spills harder to take. I recently started road biking on my hard-tail 29er just to stay in shape and am up to 20 mile rides 3 times, and 30 miles once, weekly. My course is mostly over paved and chip-seal roads right now and I'm getting tired of the flat-bar hand fatigue and pushing that heavy frame around. I'd also like to start extending my range to ride in charity rides and with other local riders. I haven't ridden any gravel yet but there is a good chance I will when my range extends since most of my ride is in rural areas.

I'm looking for a good bike to get started in the $1k +/- range and just don't know enough about road bikes to know what good values are out there. I'm interested in steel frames as well and I really don't care one way or the other about disk brakes. Something with the ability to run slightly plush tires on might be nice on the chip-seal. Bikes I've seen online that appear to be good value are the Diamondback Century 1 and 2 but I could give up the disk brake option for better specs and weight savings somewhere else on the bike.

What else is out there that I should consider for my purposes folks?
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Old 06-14-16, 07:28 PM   #2
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Diamondback Haanjo and Nashbar 105 are others I've seen.
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Old 06-15-16, 08:39 AM   #3
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I was in the same boat as you, I'm going from a flat bar hybrid to a drop bar adventure bike. I rode a bunch of adventure type bikes and settled on the Jamis Renegade Expat. This is coming from a complete novice but I liked the ride of steel better. Just seemed smoother. The only problem with the Renegade is finding one. Good luck.
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I was asking similar questions last year.

Here are a summary of responses that will probably be in your price range:

soma doublecross
all city nature boy or macho man
surly crosscheck or straggler
trek crossrip or crocket 5
cannondale caadx
specialized AWOL
fitwell Fahrlander II

Start with you LBS and what they have. Take some test rides. If you see something you like from one of the less common brands try to find a Bike shop reasonably close that carries it. I ended up going to a LBS a half hour away because they had 4 of the 5 brands I had narrowed it down to. Ended up with a Soma doublecross disc.
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My weekender drop (large) is 28 lbs stock. That might be heavier than you want, but it is $1249 new and can do anything you want it to. Road, gravel, touring, light single track, whatever. Sort of a do all bike.

If you want something more road specific, Jamis is a good way to go either the Quest series (has long reach brakes and will take larger tires) or the Expat as someone mentioned if you want disc brakes and more off road capability. Kona ***** Tonk is another option around that $1,000 mark.
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I just happened upon a deal on a used and significantly upgraded Scattante R570 at a LBS today and snapped it up. Went out and rode 22 miles on my usual course and it turned out that the riding position made it much more comfortable than my 29er over the road. My worries about the geometry and skinny tires being too jarring were apparently unfounded.
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I just happened upon a deal on a used and significantly upgraded Scattante R570 at a LBS today and snapped it up. Went out and rode 22 miles on my usual course and it turned out that the riding position made it much more comfortable than my 29er over the road. My worries about the geometry and skinny tires being too jarring were apparently unfounded.
Glad you found something and you are happy with it.

Where are the pics of the new ride?

Scattante? Isn't that Performance Bike's house brand? I have heard those are pretty solid builds. Is it an aluminum frame and did it come with a carbon fiber fork?
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Yes aluminum frame and carbon fork from Performance Bike with 105 drive-train except the cranks and front derailleur are upgraded to Ultegra.

I'll see about posting a pic later this afternoon.
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Here it is. Got 35 miles in on it yesterday.


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Nice ride. Congratulations.

Is it an optical illusion, or is the nose on your saddle pointing down slightly? If not level, you may want to explore fixing that to see if it is even more comfortable for you. Or, it may just be an optical illusion.

BTW, bike photos should ALWAYS be from the drive side...or they don't count!
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Nice ride. Congratulations.

Is it an optical illusion, or is the nose on your saddle pointing down slightly? If not level, you may want to explore fixing that to see if it is even more comfortable for you. Or, it may just be an optical illusion.

BTW, bike photos should ALWAYS be from the drive side...or they don't count!
Uh oh, newbie mistake sorry.

Yes the seat is pointing down slightly. I'll adjust it up per your advice and see if it feels any better. Thanks for the info!
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Uh oh, newbie mistake sorry.

Yes the seat is pointing down slightly. I'll adjust it up per your advice and see if it feels any better. Thanks for the info!
I'm glad you took that in the light that I meant it. Now get out there and rack up those miles!
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That is a nice looking bike.
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