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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 06-28-07, 01:19 PM   #1
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Could anyone please tell me what they think of this bike?

I stumbled across this on Craigslist. I know VERY little about bikes, since I just started getting into this literally yesterday. I know that my current bike will never work. I am 5'10" and 261lbs.

http://bloomington.craigslist.org/bik/360362068.html

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I think that would be a heck of a bike! Grab the rack, trunk and panniers with it!

The only change you may want to make might be to put a Brooks saddle on it, but the saddle on it isn't a bad one.

Do get PADDED cycling shorts though as that saddle will be an arsehatchet without the padding in the shorts.

Clyde sized shorts can be gotten at http://www aerotechdesigns.com and I strongly recommend Bibs! Their customer service can help you with sizing. You can always wear a pair of baggy shorts over them, and your butt will thank you!
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I have heard good things about that rei bike.
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WOW! That's a heck of a find, I'd grab it in a second. The Commuters forum has great things to say about that model.. and the price? Whoa..

Good find! When are you picking it up?

Also replace that saddle ASAP. Those things are pure pain .
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Awesome! I just emailed the guy and hopefully he still has it. *fingers crossed*

I really wish that I had stumbled across this site when I bought my last bike. (2 weeks ago) It cost $150 and it really is horrible.

I will definitely take everything this guy has to offer though since the main use will be for commuting. I've also checked out aerotechdesigns and I like what I see.
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Yeah, panniers are something I wish I have.. and will be getting soon. They are, IMO, a necessity. So convenient and no sweaty back!

Aerotech makes great products. I have a pair of their shorts that I've had for about a year and well over 1500 miles, and they are still like new. They feel very much more "quality" than anything I've seen at a shop.
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Tom, you mentioned getting bibs when it comes to riding. What are the benefits of bibs over just standard bike shorts?
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COMFORT! Pure and simple! You can breathe better, no restriction on the waist. Bike shorts are made of Lycra/Spandex and are supposed to be tight, and the bibs won't let you show the crack of a full moon behind you when you ride. No plumbers butt!
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Awesome! I just emailed the guy and hopefully he still has it. *fingers crossed*

I really wish that I had stumbled across this site when I bought my last bike. (2 weeks ago) It cost $150 and it really is horrible.

I will definitely take everything this guy has to offer though since the main use will be for commuting. I've also checked out aerotechdesigns and I like what I see.
Hey, the first bike will make a good bad weather bike though, assuming we can work you through some tweaks, etc to make it a better rider as well! You'll find us as helpful as possible here.
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Well, the person selling it got back to me and I guess there have been two people interested in it already. So it is more than likely gone.

I'm also not quite sure how much longer the bike I have now will last though. It looks like one of my pedals is going to fail quite soon (as in, might not make it home today). It already has a crack running the length of it.
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Well, the person selling it got back to me and I guess there have been two people interested in it already. So it is more than likely gone.

I'm also not quite sure how much longer the bike I have now will last though. It looks like one of my pedals is going to fail quite soon (as in, might not make it home today). It already has a crack running the length of it.
Pedals are cheap! Just make sure you have the right diameter for the crank. It should be the 11/16 size and if the pedal is only a week old, Dick's should warranty that! They do have a bike tech of sorts there.
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Well, it's three weeks old. They said I can get it retuned after 30 days too, so I'll ask about the pedal then too. I don't see the next set of pedals lasting much longer though since they're made of cheap plastic and I'm not.
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That bike looked like it might be a 52 or a 54, just looking at the pic.
You want a 56 or a 58. Actually, you need to find out what you need for a top tube length.
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Upgrade to metal, and pay the difference. Dick's carries some wide platform Mountain bike pedals that are fairly decent.

Or here are some others
http://bikeusa.com/page.cfm?PageID=5...ory=463&type=T
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