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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 07-16-07, 08:15 PM   #1
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First Roadie for a Clyde

Hey everyone, ive been reading the forums and finally decided to post up. Ive been cycling for my health for around 2 months and so far have come down from 278 -> 245lbs (5'8). My reward to myself when I get to my first goal weight of 225 is to get a real deal Roadie.

I was looking at maybe a left over 2007 Madone 5.2 or a Specialized Tarmac Expert even the Bianchi 928 C2C .


Anyone have any experiance on these bikes? Any issues with my weight on these smaller 23c wheels.

FYI : im riding a Gary Fisher Nirvana Hybrid right now

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I know someone that started around 225 (I think) and he was riding a Bianchi Giro. Not all carbon, but the thing is *light*, and he had no issues. I'd think you should be fine, those new Madones are... hot. Check out my flickr for some shots of the '08 5.2s in the real world:

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I know someone that started around 225 (I think) and he was riding a Bianchi Giro. Not all carbon, but the thing is *light*, and he had no issues. I'd think you should be fine, those new Madones are... hot. Check out my flickr for some shots of the '08 5.2s in the real world:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bdinger/

I saw the pic of the 08 Madone 5.2 and OMG i went crazy. That is hands down the hottest bike out right now, but if I go and spend $3700 my wife will expect something of similar value for a gift

My bike budget is gunna be around 2-3 with Clipless pedals and shoes.
Feel free to drop any suggestions at other great bikes in that range, Ive been cross shopping some shops and in the end the shop with the best Fit experiance and equipment will get my business.
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The friend of mine pictured on the Madone REALLY liked it. And it's really impressive how light they are. He first took it out and didn't realize that he was in the top gear (52x13 or whatever it is) and while trying to get it down he still managed to pedal up a hill. And.. he dropped me. Bad. But I was on a Gary Fisher MTB, or, at least that's my excuse

But if you are trying to resist it.. don't see one in person. They are.. amazing.
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STRONGLY recommend any cyclocross bike with disc brakes

lemond, salsa, voodoo, cannondale, redline, etc
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But if you are trying to resist it.. don't see one in person. They are.. amazing.
Im just not gunna bring that kinda money with me... or I will end up buying it... lol
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Random examples - awesome handling, superb braking and just a fun and versatile ride


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STRONGLY recommend any cyclocross bike with disc brakes

lemond, salsa, voodoo, cannondale, redline, etc

Not really looking into a cyclecross bike, I ride my Fisher hybrid hard and I really want to get into a true Roadie. I tried out my friends 2003 S-Works and was really blown away by how great this bike felt to ride.
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Not really looking into a cyclecross bike, I ride my Fisher hybrid hard and I really want to get into a true Roadie. I tried out my friends 2003 S-Works and was really blown away by how great this bike felt to ride.
Ok.......? pure road bike that is versatile = cyclocross bike



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We're mainly trying to figure out what components/frameset and fit orientation of the bike would be ideal for him. Bianchi's c2c style, a performance fit madone rather than pro fit, etc. A sub-18lb ultegra mix that can handle 220-240lb or so, basically. Thanks all
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We're mainly trying to figure out what components/frameset and fit orientation of the bike would be ideal for him. Bianchi's c2c style, a performance fit madone rather than pro fit, etc. A sub-18lb ultegra mix that can handle 220-240lb or so, basically. Thanks all

My Riding partner has chimmed in, couldnt of said it better myself.

I dont need a versatile bike, I dont ride for pleasure or for commuting. My rides are 100% training and weight loss related, Ive been incorparating alot of hill's into my workout and I just really dont need a cyclecross bike, my intentions are to get up and down the hills as fast as possible. I dont need to carry anything but my cellphone and a bottle of water.

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I love the Giant OCR series. Granted, I'm a bit biased (I don't have much experience with other road bikes), but I think they deserve a test ride. The geometry is a bit more relaxed than most road bikes, making it somewhat more comfortable if you're new to road riding. This one's in your price range:

http://www.giant-bicycle.com/en-US/bikes/road/5/11468/



Giant OCR C2
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They're sweet rides, and mine holds up to my 220 lbs quite well.

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I'm 235 and ride a 2007 Specialized Roubaix. The stock wheels sucked, otherwise, it's been rock solid. No worries on the carbon whatsoever. Any of those bikes should do the trick for you, go for the one that fits best, not the one that comes with the best deal.
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The Giant OCR is a great looking bike, one of my friends mentioned that Giant doesn't offer as many size's as other bike and that it might be hard to find a Giant Frame that fits me well. This kinda of pushed me away from them a lil but I know they build a large portion of the frames in the industry.

If I can get a proper fit on one, I think I would be silly not to test ride it.

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He'll compromise for the OCR's limited size selection provided full T-mobile pink frame is available..................
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He'll compromise for the OCR's limited size selection provided full T-mobile pink frame is available..................


On sizing: At 6'3", I was a bit borderline between the L & the XL, so I went with the Large frame. I have a lot of seatpost showing, but I'm very comfortable on the bike. I haven't been professionally fitted yet, but I suspect that I'll end up swapping the stem out when I get a fitting. Other than that, it's perfect. I can do 30+ miles with very little discomfort (mostly from my saddle... I'm still looking for the right one).

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I'm just under 6'3 myself and I figured that would put us way into the XL-XXL frame sizes when available....do u put your c-c size at 58 and c-t size around 60 also?
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Couldn't tell you my exact measurements off-hand. I've got them written down somewhere at home though (I'm at work right now)... I'll get back to you.
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