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    Would you guys think an OCR3 would work for me? 411 pounds and all..

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    Ok, for all you S. Cal Clydesdales who would like to do a road race, but have always been dropped by those skinny little fuks on the hills. Check out the Camp Pendelton Road Race on March 4th. It's put on by the Marine Corps. and all the categories are age graded. Except for a special cat for use gravity challenged guys.

    Here's the link.
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    I'll be the tall guy (6'3" and 210 lbs) in the UC Cyclery kit.

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    Hello to my fellow Clydesdales! My wife and I decided we should finally do something about the girth we have acquired through the years, currently 6'1" and 275#'s. That's me not my wife, she'd kill me if I posted her stats. We went last Saturday with the intentions of purchasing two Giant OCR3's. Instead we lucked into two last year models of the OCR1 for less than the new OCR3's. We have been able to put about 20 miles on them this week, and so far they seem to be able to hold our weight pretty well. Looking forward to a nice long ride tomorrow, that is of course if the old rear holds up, I definately need to look into an upgraded saddle. Anyone have suggestions on a saddle for the hefty, that still looks like it belongs on a road bike?

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    Anyone have suggestions on a saddle for the hefty, that still looks like it belongs on a road bike

    Check out the Brooks B-17. Great saddle for large riders. I have them on all my bikes and would not give them up for any of those weight weenie, titanium, carbon fiber saddles. If the leather look is not for you, check out the WTB Saddles:they are wider than most saddles and seem to hold up pretty good.
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    Wow, you've all got me beat in height, I'm only 5'7" at 225. Could do to lose a few, but that was my riding weight +/- 10 last summer. Did some miles hauling my but along on my OCR3. Good thing I'm not in it for the speed and climbing's a challenge, but it's all worth it.
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    If I picked up the OCR3, what changes should I make to it for my weight? 411pounds. I was test riding it yesterday and it felt really good.

    Or would a Kona Hoss look like a good bike to get for me?

    411 pounds, 6'2
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    Well at 225 I found the OCR3 to be fairly comfortable, except for the composite fork. I think the overall ride is somewhat rough. I replaced the stock bars and stem with wider and somewhat more upright positioning. I chose the 'Medium' frame, you probably looked at the large frame (sm, m, l...)or should be. Frankly, my older steel Trek is more comfortable and stable, though not as responsive or as lignt. You should investigate materials, OCR3 is aluminum as you probably know, and keep in mind that you will probably trade up as your fitness level increases. For now, I would say: stem (get rid of the adjustable stem asap), wider handlebars, a more supportive seat, probably wider tires which will add to the comfort level and stability(get good ones, preferably with Kevlar) and a couple good pairs of padded/shorts and decent cycling shoes (I prefer mtn bike shoes for comfort walking on pavement, but I also now use cleats).
    This is all just my opinion of course. These are the changes I made to my first 'road ride' and they made a difference in how long I could stay out riding.
    Happy Hunting!

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    The great weight gaining experiment has me up to 184 (166 at close of last season).

    Clydesdale here I come.
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    What are you horses using for pedals and shoes? I am using the standard Shimano SPD's and Diadora 3strap shoes. When I am hammering for a long time my toes and ball of my feet go numb?

    I am thinking I need a wider pedal for more support across my entire foot vs. such a localized spot on foot and a differerent brand of shoes that may have a wider toe box

    Thoughts? Suggestions...

    Cheers!

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    I ,am a tubby truck driver 5 8" 210 coming back from 10 yrs off the saddle
    used to mtb like crazy rode all over santa cruz mtns in california
    moved to south dakota and have driven truck for the last 10 yrs
    i have put 300 miles in last year on specialized aleez-retiring it..
    next thursday i will pick up my new trek 5200 trpl. time to get serious
    and make it worth the cost i bring my bike on the road with me
    i intend to drop from 210 lbs back to a respectable 160 god help me!
    *** do qualify as for the clysdale desription*** good luck to all you lbs-losers.

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    I'm 5'6" 245 lbs!! In other words, I have a considerable spare tire that I cant use to repair flats. I used to ride an old raleigh aluminum frame road bike with shimano lx components. I broke the oem wheels to hell on the downhill side of Granite Creek Road in Scotts Valley, CA near Santa Cruz, so I had to get some bomb-proof mavics. I also wound up replacing the bottom bracket and chainring. The bike was a touring bike, so it had v-brakes that never stopped me quite as fast as I would have liked, and always got soft or out of whack within a month. however, I did ride over 5000 miles on it, so I would say it was a good value and I never had problems with the frame, headset, seatpost etc. Good bike for a hefty guy, unfortunately it was stolen last month, but I replaced it today with an 06 Masi Alera. I'll let you know how it goes!
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    P.S. I used $20 bike nashbar clipless pedals and $30 nashbar all-terrain shoes. They never let me down. I say, if its a heavy bike, pedal harder!

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    Just finished a great read today. It's called "Heft on Wheels" by Mike Magnuson. Picked it up at Barnes & Noble over the weekend. Especially relevant for us Clydesdales who are desperately working towards non-Clydesdaleness. I'm pretty sure I'd be dead if I approached it as he did (and he's lucky he's not), but it was certainly inspirational none-the-less. Anybody else read it? Long story short... he lost 75 pounds, stopped smoking, and stopped drinking, all within the span of three months by immersing himself in cycling.

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    You guys/gals are really motovating me. Its really hard for me to stay on track with a 45min commute to work and all.
    Im 5'9" and right at 230. Im currently riding a Specialized M4 Road and a Trek 4300 MTB.
    I have Campy Mirage/Veloche components on the M4 with Mavic rims 3x to Campy hubs. I dont have any problems with them staying true. Currently I have a Brooks B17 saddle on a Easton CT2 carbon post. Beacuse the way the frame is made, only a little actually sticks out, so I dont have a problem with it cracking.

    I need to get on track.......I have diabetes and have extra glucose/sugar to burn. Cycling is almost the perfect sport for me beacuse of the mechanical aspect, being on 2 wheels, and the muscle group that are used are some of the largest muscles in the body, meaning blood glucose levels fall (thats good for me!).

    Keep up the good work everyone...........and thanks for the motovation!!!!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChainRing
    You guys/gals are really motovating me. Its really hard for me to stay on track with a 45min commute to work and all.
    45 minute commute? People out here in LA consider themselves lucky if they only have a 45 minute commute. I live about 12 miles from my office and I'm not complaining if its a 45 minute drive in the morning.
    Everyone has a right to an opinion. However, this does not mean that one's opinion is right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OrionKhan
    45 minute commute? People out here in LA consider themselves lucky if they only have a 45 minute commute. I live about 12 miles from my office and I'm not complaining if its a 45 minute drive in the morning.

    Yeah............I suppose its all relative! In Dallas it was a hour on a good day!
    I was spoiled to 15 minute commute's for years!!! It left me more time to ride in the evening.
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    I'm in L.A. I have a 45 minute 15-mile commute and I'm not complaining at all. I turned down a better offer because the commute would have been near a double.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sponge
    What are you horses using for pedals and shoes? I am using the standard Shimano SPD's and Diadora 3strap shoes. When I am hammering for a long time my toes and ball of my feet go numb?

    I am thinking I need a wider pedal for more support across my entire foot vs. such a localized spot on foot and a differerent brand of shoes that may have a wider toe box

    Thoughts? Suggestions...

    Cheers!

    pedals -- go with Looks or Look rip-offs. Shimano SPD-SLs OK.

    shoes -- I've got big hooves, myself. Pearl Izumi shoes have a big toebox for American Clydes. I ride the Charge R1, cost about $100 (for a pair of Clyde-sized 48s).

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    Oh man, I feel like I've found a home!

    6 foot 4, 250 lbs, mostly muscle; 225 was the lightest I've been in 15 years - but I've mostly ridden mountain bikes (Specialized Stumpjumper and '95 S-works steel HT). The last two years I've been commuting 30km/day on a steel 12-speed roadie that I picked up from a refurb store for $50. Over time I've replaced a few parts, but now I think I'd like to treat myself to a new ride, a purpose built roadie / light tourer that I can ride like the wind to work, but do so on crappy roads and in rainy, gritty conditions.

    I'm looking at some sort of Disc-brake mounted cross bike with 700c wheels built up on Deore hubs. After looking at a few posts in this thread, it seems that a triple cross pattern (as opposed to double) makes more difference than upping the number of spokes from 32 to 36. Would anyone agree? If I'm gonna pay to get custom wheels built, I'd like to do it right.

    My other clydesdale-related problem is not one of weight, so much as TORQUE. My present ride (circa 1980's lugged mild steel) flexes noticeably (chain & tires rub) under load, and I am wondering the best way to avoid this. Anyone know any good frames with IS mounts and Ovalized tubes / stays?

    Also, my thighs are quite long (26inches, kneecap to hip) - does anyone know a source for cranks greater than 175mm long? God gave me the extra leverage. I sure would love to use it.

    Finally, clydesdales and Brooks saddles - any experiences? Can the leather take the strain, or am I better off with plastic?

    Thanks for your collective wisdom, my weighty brothers!

    A.

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    Shimano cranks come standard up to 177.5 I believe. DA to 180. Chromoly frames flex under Clyde-sized loads -- my old Colnago scrapes and rubs when I honk on the big meat. I'm as tall as you, but I only go two balloons, not 2 1/2. Modern aluminum frames are, if nothing else, stiffer'n shi_. Shouldn't have the lateral flex problems you get wth big steel bikes.

    Don't know if any of this is helpful, but good luck.
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    Thanks for the tip, but what is "DA"? Does that stand for something?

    A.

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    Oh Wait, nevermind...

    Quote Originally Posted by Alox
    Thanks for the tip, but what is "DA"? Does that stand for something?
    DA = Dura Ace (smack!)

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    To address a couple of your other points: at 225-250 lbs, I say you go with the sturdiest good wheels you can find, and rather than get cute with 32 h's, I'd just as soon have 36's, especially for regular commuting on less than ideal surfaces. Just me. Build 'em, tension 'em, forget 'em. Why the heck not get dynamite-proof, well-built custom 36h three-cross wheels?

    Had a Brooks Team Professional on my first real bike, a 1975 Model 300 Mercier Ultra Road (same as Peugeot's PX-10; just like what Raymond Poulidor and Barry Hoban rode in the TDF). Once broken in and molded to your ass, those saddles are sweet rides, albeit a tad heavy. HOWEVER, in your dampish climate, you gotta keep it treated with Proofide and as protected from the weather as much as humanly possible, and don't forget the underside especially, where water has a knack for accumulating when you're splashing through puddles, etc. Whatever else plastic saddles are, they're weatherproof.

    One more outstanding benefit of aluminum as a frame material: won't rust!

    CLYDES FOREVER!
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    Hello All... I gotta say I feel better about being big on a bike... I used to think people must think I am nuts! 6'3" 275 down from 320 and still dropping

    So I have been pushing a cushy Trek 7100 hybrid around for a year and am thinking about stepping up game. I still like the Trek line (and the dealer I can walk to) I am thinking about Trek 1500 but donít think the sexy Bontrager Select Wheels will support the load... I can afford Zip's or other Clydesdale designed wheels, does anyone have a recommendation preferable in Bontrager line to simplify dealer negotiations.

    Or any perspectives on another Trek frame that might be a better choice, I understand the Giant Line has gotten some pretty good reviews, but havenít found a dealer that is close to home.

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    I am about 6ft, 240. I was biking a lot last year, but then I bought a house, and learned that there was a lot of maintenance that needed to be done. I just started biking again. I am riding a Trek 1220. I just got new wheel sets, Mavic Cosmos, for it. Being in WI, I get to ride in a spare room for right now.

    Last year I found that the most important thing was losing inches off of the waist. I probably lost about 2-3 inches in about 6 months worth of riding.
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    6 foot 3 and 112kg(down from 113 since I last checked).Aiming to get down to the
    90s so to ride within the weight limits as set by Scott for my new CR1.
    Also diabetes runs in my family so I try to ride fast and often.

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