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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 09-19-07, 10:02 AM   #1
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good almost afternoon fellow clydes and our lovely Athenas.

Im pondering making My old road bike (thats now a single speed) back into a road bike IE: puting gears back on.

its a beautiful lugged Falcon with a 531 frame and a 531 fork.

when I made it a single speed I installed time trial bars so I could have very positive braking in town.

with the TT bars I have full leverage on the brake vs whats availible from the hoods and the TT bars sure are comfortable!

So if I put gears back on the Blue falcon should I

1) drop bars and brifters

2) drop bars and downtube shifters. (original set up) bike is 1992 model I love the frame!!

3) leave the TT bars and add bar end shifters.

id be mostly riding solo with this rig But would probably do charity rides/ occasional group rides on it too. ive been doing group /charity event rides on my TANK Swiss army commute cross check and its a true geek machine as only a all weather commuter bike can be.

many thanks

"John"

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Old 09-19-07, 10:36 AM   #2
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I'm voting for option #2, but I'm a sucker for the old-school looks. I've got a 1991 PDG Series 5 with 105sc downtube shifters. It took a little getting used to when I went back to that bike, but downtube shifters just look awesome.
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I'm voting for option #2, but I'm a sucker for the old-school looks. I've got a 1991 PDG Series 5 with 105sc downtube shifters. It took a little getting used to when I went back to that bike, but downtube shifters just look awesome.
I love my downtube shifters (on the Raleigh in my sig) and they keep me from overshifting. I also love the friction (or as Larry at Mt. Airy calls it, SILENT) shifting and may never go back to indexed...
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good almost afternoon fellow clydes and our lovely Athenas.

Im pondering making My old road bike (thats now a single speed) back into a road bike IE: puting gears back on.

its a beautiful lugged Falcon with a 531 frame and a 531 fork.

when I made it a single speed I installed time trial bars so I could have very positive braking in town.

with the TT bars I have full leverage on the brake vs whats availible from the hoods and the TT bars sure are comfortable!

So if I put gears back on the Blue falcon should I

1) drop bars and brifters

2) drop bars and downtube shifters. (original set up) bike is 1992 model I love the frame!!

3) leave the TT bars and add bar end shifters.

id be mostly riding solo with this rig But would probably do charity rides/ occasional group rides on it too. ive been doing group /charity event rides on my TANK Swiss army commute cross check and its a true geek machine as only a all weather commuter bike can be.

many thanks

"John"
Brifters on an originally DT shifter bike, is like putting a Slush-o-matic in a Model-T Ford, it looks silly, so put the DT shifters back on, and enjoy.
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