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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 02-17-07, 10:47 AM   #1
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I Got My New Bike Today!

I have to tell someone! I think I'll tell everyone! 06 Lemond Alpe D'Huez 61cm. WOW!!! What a wonderful bike!!!! Thanks for all your advice. 17 miles today, just wonderful, I can't wait until tomorrow morning when I can ride again.




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Old 02-17-07, 01:45 PM   #2
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Sweet ride! When you going to post a "yours" pic of the bike rather than the stock pic?

Enjoy the riding!
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Slick ride. Are you a Clyde? I shudder at the thought of riding a 24 spoke wheel.
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Old 02-17-07, 05:18 PM   #4
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I'm a small Clyde, 6' 4" 230. I thought a lot about the low spoke count. But there seems to be plenty of folks my size on 24 spoke wheels. I'll send up a flare if something goes wrong.

I took my pictures this morning, but I'm analog so it'll take me a week or two to get them developed.
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Congrads on the new bike!!! I am a mini clide at 210 and just got a Lemond Tourmalet last monday and put 3 miles on it friday and 12 miles on it today. I love the geometry of the lemond and hope you enjoy yours also. The jury is still out on the wheels, however the LBS says not to worry about it.

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Old 02-17-07, 09:09 PM   #6
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The Bonty wheels with the eyelets are far better than the Selects and the Race models. The Race Lite and up all have the eyelets and are somewhat stronger. I have nearly 800 miles on my Race Lites and have had no problems with them. I did make sure they checked them for true, dish, and tension before I put them on as I was extremely skeptical about them. My LBS gave me a 1500 mile 100% guranty, if they failed in anyway, except for misuse, ect...., they would get me the 36 spoke wheels of my choice and refund the difference. They found 4 spokes that were a little under tensioned, but after the adjustments, I have been a peddling fool. Started riding on them at 324 and now down to 305.

I hit a brick in a ditch 2 weeks ago when I was run of the road by a driver who took the corner to fast and came into my lane. I got a flat and was in a panic that my wheel was ruined as I watched her drive off without stopping as she gave me the, "your number 1" sign. I got out of the ditch checked my wheel, walked home , put it on the stand and had to make no adjustments. To my amazement, I did not even have any dents or abrasion marks. I said my prayer to God that I was not hurt and hoped some thougthful cops would fine the evil lady that is now causing me to take a 3 mile walk at 12:14 am in 43 degree temps.

I actually had more issues on my 32 spokes than I have had with these wheels. I know the 32 spoke wheels were not a high grade, but non the less that my story and I am sticking to it.

Edited to add: Love the new bike.
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Brian, she wasn't telling you "you're #1". She was giving you a "peace" symbol and forgot one finger.
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Nice bike.

New bikes are always nice. I just wish they came with a "new bike smell" like cars do.
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Brian, she wasn't telling you "you're #1". She was giving you a "peace" symbol and forgot one finger.

hahahhahaha, yea she was telling me something alright.
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Nice bike.

New bikes are always nice. I just wish they came with a "new bike smell" like cars do.
They do. You need to put them in a small room with the door closed for a couple of hours.
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Glad you are okay. That bike sure looks "purty"! Best of luck with it!
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Brian, she wasn't telling you "you're #1". She was giving you a "peace" symbol and forgot one finger.
Bah! She was showing you her I.Q.

She ran you off the road and then has the gall to flip you the finger? What a HAG!

I would have tossed that brick at her!
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Old 02-18-07, 06:01 PM   #13
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I've had the bike in my office with me all weekend. I think there is a new bike smell - I do smell something - either way it's way cool.

My wife was concerned when I brought it in the house but I quickly assured her the carpet would not hurt my new tires.
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