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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 03-24-07, 11:58 AM   #1
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Opinions of my LeMond CdF after a few rides

The short version: I like it a lot!

The longer version: My previous road bike was an '86 Peugeot Triatholon, what a difference 20 years of technology makes I *love* not having to reach down everytime I want to shift and (surprise, surprise) find myself shifting more often, the closer gears are also a lot nicer. It's a steel frame so no surprises there, very comfortable & stable, yet nimble. I did swap the Bontrager stem for an Easton that had a slightly lower rise and that's working out better for me. I can ride on the hoods and not be too stretched out. The Bontrager saddle was also ditched and replaced w/ a Concor light, so far, so good. The 105 components work just fine, Ultegra would have been nice, but probably overkill for me. The Cane Creek brakes are OK, but the pads are junk, Kool Stops will be on soon. So far I'm liking the 175 crank arms, but we'll see. I've been riding the Bontrager tires, but I have a set of Vredesteins on order. I went out for 10 miles this morning and it may be my imagination, but the bike does feel faster. The Peugeot ways about the same & the wheels are comparable as well so who knows. The riding position is a little bit more upright than the Peugeot and it makes a world of difference, no aching back and my boys didn't go numb either! It really felt good riding this morning, I had forgotten just how much I do love being on the bike.

Anyway, just wanted to let you know how it's going and thanks for all the advice you've all given me so far!
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Old 03-24-07, 12:05 PM   #2
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Cool beans! I'm glad it's working out so well!
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Old 03-26-07, 09:50 AM   #3
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Anything that enhances the pleasure of riding the bike is good. Sounds like you're a happy camper on the new bike

Personally, I think the Concor saddle is the most evil contraption ever known to man.... Not even the Spanish Inquisition could come up with something so hideous - but each to his own I guess. San Marco Regal for my behind!

... and whilst I do believe that there is little difference in observable performance between the 105, Ultegra, Dura Ace line for the most part, the extra brute stopping force attained from Dura Ace calipers is worth the cash. Better get doing those pushups for the forearm breaking stopping power! That's the single most impressive upgrade I've made so far to my 10 year old "retro" race bike.
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Old 03-26-07, 10:04 AM   #4
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Personally, I think the Concor saddle is the most evil contraption ever known to man.... Not even the Spanish Inquisition could come up with something so hideous - but each to his own I guess. San Marco Regal for my behind!
I'll send you the Bontrager race light saddle I took off the bike and you can feel what a true pain in the behind that is

Initially I wanted to swap 105 brakes on, but the shop actuually talked me out of it saying the Cane Creeks were fine. If the Kool Stop pads don't help, then I'll be looking at some new calipers, I don't want my forearms looking like Popeye's!
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Old 03-26-07, 10:45 AM   #5
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The race light is horrid.. evil.. vile.. terrible.. and all kinds of other words I haven't even thought of yet. Grats on ditching that thing..
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