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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 04-20-07, 07:48 AM   #1
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Strong, Light, Cheap - Pick Any Two

Strong, Light, Cheap - Pick Any Two

I hear this all of the time from my LBS. You can have two but you can never have all three. I first thought it was BS but after looking for stuff for my 220 pound rump I realize this to be the truth.
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Old 04-20-07, 07:51 AM   #2
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I would agree...
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Old 04-20-07, 08:48 AM   #3
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strong and cheap. i weigh 255lbs. the easiest way to shave pounds off my bike is for me to ride it more and lose some weight.
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Old 04-20-07, 08:58 AM   #4
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Definitely go with strong and cheap. Light won't factor in until you've lost some weight and gained a respectable amount of cardiovascular fitness. Well, at least it should.
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Old 04-20-07, 09:50 AM   #5
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the easiest way to shave pounds off my bike is for me to ride it more and lose some weight.
My heaviest bike weighs a whopping 15 pounds more than my father's racing frame; but he's lost 20 pounds riding. Weight really doesn't matter anyway, except for racing or bragging rights: the bicycle would be the most efficient way to move yourself even if it weighed 100 pounds.
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It seems most of my friends pay heavy money to shave off grams from their bikes yet they could drop 10-15 pounds. I've never figured that out.
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Old 04-20-07, 10:24 AM   #7
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It seems most of my friends pay heavy money to shave off grams from their bikes yet they could drop 10-15 pounds. I've never figured that out.
Maybe they're just "wannabes"

Or maybe they have enough cash and figure it's easier to shave weight off the bike than it is off the rider.
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Old 04-20-07, 01:36 PM   #8
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It seems most of my friends pay heavy money to shave off grams from their bikes yet they could drop 10-15 pounds. I've never figured that out.
Yeah, I wonder about that, you get guys that will say, I paid $500 for a crank that was 2g lighter then a $250 crank. You look at them and think, gee buddy, you could lose that Molson Muscle* for free, it weighs more then the whole freaking bike. For those of you outside Canada, here in Canada Molson is a brand of beer, a beer gut is often called a Molson Muscle. I had a neighbour growing up, where it was the only muscle he had
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Old 04-20-07, 01:47 PM   #9
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Well it is not very different than someone owning a 4 wheel drive and never going offroad....or some kid having a 500hp Honda Accord to drive to school...Soccer Mom driving a hummer..

People do a LOT of thinks that don't make the most sence but it makes them feel good....I am sure you have yours....
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Old 04-20-07, 01:58 PM   #10
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Not to hijack the thread...

When I was in high schoolI used to always get stuck behind a soccer mom in a range rover who would slow down to about 2 miles an hour because she was afraid of the bumps crossing an old railroad crossing. like come-on lady its a range-rover... it was more or less designed to cross african savana...
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Old 04-21-07, 07:47 PM   #11
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Our repair shop (different product line) has a sign up that says: Good, fast, cheap, pick any two.
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I just picked up a 22.5 Trek 7.3 FX Disc for $580ish...I think it falls into all three catagories...

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