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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 04-02-07, 06:05 PM   #1
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300+ Pounder Club

I was wondering if there is a thread already for those of us that are 300+ and riding. There is a big difference between what saw a 210lb clyde and a 'Jumbo' clyde such as myself weighing in at 372lb (down 2lbs ) would consider suitable for me.

My biggest worry is a seat, I know this is going to make my ride easier on my the better of a seat I get. I have seen the Brooks one recommended but it really looks tiny and I am thinking it is going to look like there is no seat on the bike while I am riding lol!

Second is a heavy duty seat stem and pedals, I honestly don't have hundreds to spend on these things but if I could find a seat, seat stem and a set of pedals for $100 or so I would be in a great shape. I busted my butt a while back trying to ride a bike and the pedal broke on me so I am trying to keep away from that happening again.

Thank you all for all the help, I have been reading the Clyde forums for about 20 hours straight total the past few days and it really gave me the inspiration to give riding a bike a shot (along with many of the success stories) so I am hoping to pickup my new (to me at least) bike this week and if the snow is gone go out for my first ride this weekend.
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Old 04-02-07, 07:09 PM   #2
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Go to this link and take a look, it has gobs of info. Clydesdale/Athena Index Thread - read before posting and ALL the old Stickies linked
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Old 04-02-07, 07:22 PM   #3
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Thank you, I did actually read the thread but again guys looking for heavy duty seat posts @ 240lbs might be getting something that will not hold up to me 135lbs extra. I did see some Thompson seats posts on ebay but I was not sure if seat posts are 'one size fits all' or not. I found one on ebay for $25 that says it is for mountain bikes.


For example this one, but it says it is Aluminum and my guess would be I would need something steel.
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As a former 308 it isnt the seat, it is your seat, as your buffer zone between you and reality thins down you want to be worried about.......

I have an MTB seat which I find quite comfy, SwissTim has the same seat but reckons it is very uncomfy, the rule of thought there is that everyone is different .... you need to find out what suits your body and let other folk know.....

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You will need to make sure the post will fit the seat tube. Take your bike to your LBS and they should be able to measure and get you setup. I ditched my suspension post and got a Syncros post that typically sold for $130 from my LBS that that were discontinued for $30.00. I still use it today and while it's a little heavy, so am I and it's 7075 Aluminum and has held up well.

Saddles are another subject all together. I started with the saddle that came with the bike and as I lost weight I went to thinner and narrower saddles. I think I am on my 4th one now. You want to make sure your seat is not to wide where it will cause rubbing on the inside of your legs and is comfy on the ol' sit bone. My LBS had several saddles that had a comfort guarantee, after thirty days, if I was satisfied I could take it back and try something else. I currently ride a WTB Speed V Comp and have about 500 miles on it so far and really like it.
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I'm in the "Uber" club. The seat components has been the only real issue with my bike. Here are my experiences on my stock Trek 7200:

After about 2,000 the plastic under the seat cracked. I (improperly) install a Brooks B-33

At about 3,500 my seatpost snapped. HOWEVER, I am very tall and had about 8" of the post exposed. Also, this was not a quality seatpost. I replaced it with A Thomson seatpost.

At 4,000 the rail on my Brooks B-33 sheared off at the seatclamp (Again, I improperly installed this in the first place).

I tried a gel "ass-hatchet" saddle for about 5 miles. No way!

I tried a "Cruiser" type saddle for about a week. It was ok, but started making terrible squeaking sounds from the plastic on leather construction.

I have finally settled on a Brooks B-67 (A single rail version of the B-66) Which is a medium wide saddle with springs-very comfortable.

So...I am currently just over 5,000 and have no complaints with the Thomsom seatpost and Brooks B-67 saddle.

I got the Thomson from Eric at Smart Bike Parts: http://smartbikeparts.com/index.php?...&cat=Seatposts

I got the B-67 at Wallingford Bikes: http://www.wallbike.com/B67.html

Both of these companies have outstanding customer service and return policies!

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Thank you, I did actually read the thread but again guys looking for heavy duty seat posts @ 240lbs might be getting something that will not hold up to me 135lbs extra. I did see some Thompson seats posts on ebay but I was not sure if seat posts are 'one size fits all' or not. I found one on ebay for $25 that says it is for mountain bikes.


For example this one, but it says it is Aluminum and my guess would be I would need something steel.
Aluminum can be quite strong, it depends on where you put the stress on it, and how thick the aluminum is. I work for a courier company, and the trucks have aluminum bodies, which includes shelves. I've seen one of those shelves with over 500lbs on it, and if a quarter inch aluminum plate can hold up 500lbs, then a quarter inch thick aluminum tube, where the compression is length wise, should easily be able to hold up twice that.

One interesting point about seats, get yourself a pair of bicycle shorts, the ones with the pad in the middle, makes riding a lot more comfortable. What some folks do, if they are shy, is wear other pants or shorts over top. A seat that is barely tolerable without them, can be quite comfy with the shorts.
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An alternative to the Lycra is a baggy Mountain bike short, but I prefer the lycra due to the muscle compression it provides. It aids in circulation on longer rides and is also less aerodynamic drag.

Another aspect of Lycra is abrasion resistance, it tears less easily if you go down on the road and reduces the risk of road rash!

the best Clyde and Uberclyde source I've found for cycling shorts, tights, and other clothing gear is http://www.aerotechdesigns.com
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Thanks guys, ordered a Thompson seat post and going to talk to the guys at the LBS when I go in to have them look over my new ride. Going to see if they can get Brooks and if not if they will install it for me I want to make sure it is installed correctly.

As for the bike shorts as much as I swore I would never do it I probably am going to give them a shot, I will without a doubt wear some baggy basketball type of shorts over them but the idea of the thigh support and the butt padding is too tempting to pass.
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As for the bike shorts as much as I swore I would never do it I probably am going to give them a shot, I will without a doubt wear some baggy basketball type of shorts over them but the idea of the thigh support and the butt padding is too tempting to pass.
This is exactly what I do. I'm much too modest to bare my bike shorts in public

As Tom mentioned earlier, I got mine through aerotechdesigns.
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Go aerotech and get a bib. My XXXL are nice, and far better than anything form Performance.
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+1 on Aerotech - their bibs and jerseys are top notch. Do go ahead and get the bibs and don't worry about what other people think. I was riding the other day and had some cigarette smoking cager make a comment about my shorts. I just smiled and waved knowing that I was going to outlive him. I had a stress test last year and I outlasted guys 2/3 my age and half my weight. So get out there and ride.

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Go aerotech and get a bib. My XXXL are nice, and far better than anything form Performance.
I'm getting a pair of Aerotech bibs to make a comparison, but I've been pretty happy this week with the Performance Century Gel bibs I picked up on sale over the weekend. It took me a while, but I finally gave in to the (un)official garment of guys who shouldn't do it, but still insist on wearing spandex. No longer do I fear that I'm flashing a plumber's crack when I aero tuck going down hills. Gone are the worries that my belly will cause the front of my shorts to roll over, revealing that I'm no longer the 6-pack ab'd 17 year old I once was. I have fully embraced the fashion statement that bibs represent for me. That statement is "Screw what you think... I'm comfortable."
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My Electra Rat Rod has been doing very well. I had to upgrade the seat post to an alloy after the cheapo factory one bent, and I upgraded to sun rims in the back with a heavier spoke.
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I'm definitely in the "uberclyde" category. I started at 385#, now at 310#. Still got about another 100lbs to go.

The only problems related to my weight I've ever had with bikes were the seat-post collar. I had some problems on my aluminum-frame Trek 6700, since I couldn't tighten the collar enough to prevent slipping until I replaced the bolt with a steel bolt and a nut. My current daily ride is a Redline 925, which I replaced the seat collar with a Surly Constrictor ($15), and haven't had a single problem with slipping since.
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I had some problems on my aluminum-frame Trek 6700, since I couldn't tighten the collar enough to prevent slipping until I replaced the bolt with a steel bolt and a nut.
This is my same exact problem, I put the seat up everytime I take it out and as soon as part 1 (my butt) and part 2(the seat) make contact it is back to lowrider status for me sitting way down.

I believe this may also have something to do with my my knees are bugging me after riding so soon being so low down. I would love more info on how you replaced this, did you just swap the bolt out with a normal bolt and nut getting rid of the 'quick release' or is there more to it?
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I just did want to mention I did see your post on the surley constrictor, I just was not sure if there was another cheap option to get by with for the week or so I am waiting for get it in the mail.
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This is my same exact problem, I put the seat up everytime I take it out and as soon as part 1 (my butt) and part 2(the seat) make contact it is back to lowrider status for me sitting way down.

I believe this may also have something to do with my my knees are bugging me after riding so soon being so low down. I would love more info on how you replaced this, did you just swap the bolt out with a normal bolt and nut getting rid of the 'quick release' or is there more to it?
Just swap the bolt out....as simple as that
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I believe this may also have something to do with my my knees are bugging me after riding so soon being so low down.
Absolutely!

You have to have your seat adjusted properly, or you will wreck your knees. I would fix that seatpost before your next ride.
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This is my same exact problem, I put the seat up everytime I take it out and as soon as part 1 (my butt) and part 2(the seat) make contact it is back to lowrider status for me sitting way down.

I believe this may also have something to do with my my knees are bugging me after riding so soon being so low down. I would love more info on how you replaced this, did you just swap the bolt out with a normal bolt and nut getting rid of the 'quick release' or is there more to it?
In my case, I had to have the QR extremely tight, or else there would be slipping. I also had a suspension seatpost to deal with. I eventually replaced it with a solid seatpost.

By all means get this solved. Save your knees. Take it from someone with damaged joints! (One of my friends at my gym told me if I were a horse, I would have been put down long ago.)
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Smitty - at $15, the Surly constrictor was money well spent. Totally took care of my slipping issues, and looks very nice as well.

BTW - if you have a suspension seatpost, i'd replace it. Basically if you're an uberclyde, get rid of any suspension parts on your bike - they're not made to take the load for the most part, will only decrease your efficiency and decrease your comfort. Plus in some cases, it might not be safe to exceed their max load.
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Jumbo Clydesdale...

Hey Smitty, glad to hear you got this started. I have been looking for this type of format. I myself weigh in at 370 pounds this morning. So count me in on the monday morning report thing. My wife and I just purchased two three wheel recumbent trikes, delta model. These are not what i call ground scrapers. heck i would have to have a crane to pick me up to put me in the saddle and then one to get me out. We hope to add cycling to our exercise regiment and lose some weight have some fun and meet some wonderful people. We live in the mid michigan area and are new to cycling. anyone in the area give me a shout. love to hear from you.
Count me in. see you soon Peabob
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As far as safety goes, your front wheel in particular should be as strong as possible. Consider wheels built for a tandem. Stick with a steel frame.
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i've found the trick to not getting a sore arse from all day on the bike is simply to stand up as much as possible, and having a seat like a hachet gives ye the motivation to do so!
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i've found the trick to not getting a sore arse from all day on the bike is simply to stand up as much as possible, and having a seat like a hachet gives ye the motivation to do so!
I properly sized saddle, and a good pair of padded bike shorts probably works better in the long run....
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