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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 08-12-17, 08:22 PM   #1
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Double Cross for an almost 300lb clyde?


I am 285lb clyde. I was looking at the Soma Double Cross. I asked Soma whether the Fog Cutter and Double Cross would be too flexy, and they said there were many 300-pounders on Somas and that the Double Cross would suit me better. I asked the LBS for a quote on the frame, and they said they were concerned about the Soma's thinner and flexier (heat treated to allow this) tubing (compared to Surly and the other plain chromoly). I would appreciate any help of people of at least my weight with the following:
  1. I have an aluminum hybrid (Bianchi C-sport 1, similar to Trek FX) converted to drop bars. Would a steel bike provide a better ride compared to the aluminum with 37mm or wider tires? Would it be beneficial to just replace the aluminum fork with a chromoly one? I am going to ride on pavement and some non-technical gravel/dirt roads.
  2. If you have ridden the Double Cross, could you confirm that it works for my weight?
  3. What about a touring bike (say Saga DC) for a clyde for the riding I mentioned in question one? People complain about the touring bikes being too stiff. Maybe it is just OK for a clyde?

Thanks for any help.
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