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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 06-26-07, 06:47 AM   #1
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clydsdales and road bikes

years ago a road bike would fit me. now they shortened the wheel base to the point that my feet hit the front wheel and my seat is all the way back and needs to go back another 2". i'm 6' 3". my road bike is 5yrs old. i was new to bicycling then and only concerned about the stand over height. if i want to ride any distance i need to have a longer chainstay 18". my road bike is 16" chainstay. a touring frame does work for me, but they are heavy. knowing what i know now, i'll pay more attention to the geometry.
has any one had the same experience?
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Old 06-26-07, 11:42 AM   #2
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What kind of bike are you riding? I am 6'2" with size 13 shoes and don't have that problem on any of my bikes. I would think you need to be more concerned about the top tube length and the head tube angle, than the chainstay length. The length of the chainstay is more of an issue when you are using panniers and need room for your feet to clear them. It sounds like your bike is just the wrong size. I would think you would need a 60 to 62 cm bike. What size are you riding now?

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Old 06-26-07, 12:54 PM   #3
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I'm similar... my touring bike fits great, but I have my road bike seat all the way back and my handlebars tilted.

edit: and the road bike has neutral geometry..
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That's one of the reasons I ride vintage......I HATE the new geometry!
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I ride a 62cm Motobecane and I am 6'4". No problems here.
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Old 06-27-07, 06:35 AM   #6
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my road bike is 60cm center to center. i first realized this when i went back to riding my 19 yr old cannondale atf. the geometry was such that it was more comfortable.
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Lemond's still adhear to the older european type geometry (Longer top tubes) on most of their frames.
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Lemond's still adhear to the older european type geometry (Longer top tubes) on most of their frames.
I test rode a bunch and found that the Lemond's all felt much better. I didn't pay any attenetion to measurements, but I guess the "old geometry" works for me. Can't wait to pick it up
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In so far as a touring frame beigh heavy, I did the following quick research:

A Performance Bike aluminum/carbon-fiber frame/fork combo (Scattante XLR) = 4.7 lbs

A Surly Long Haul Trucker steel/steel frame/fork = 7.4 lbs

Personally, at 6' - 2-1/2" with a 54" chest, 38" waist, size 14 feet, and 265 lbs, I'm not going to worry about less than 3 lbs. I ordered a Long Haul Trucker, 60cm.
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i have a casati frame [columbus brain] with ultegra components. the geometry of the frame is such that when measured at the bike shop, dropping a plum bob from my knee to the center of the pedal i was 2" forward with the seat all the back. after 35mi you start to feel it. profile design sells a seatpost call the fast forward that i could try. the wheel base of the bike is about 40" the wheelbase of the cannondale is about 43". mjy lanky build and 230 pounds is the problem. i'll have to consider a touring frame.
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