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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 10-15-07, 04:45 PM   #1
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My 40th Birthday Present

I picked up this new 2004 Litespeed Solano (demo with less than 50 miles) off eBay from a bikeshop in Colorado ($1,175). I put on CXP22 wheels with Ultegra hubs replacing the Real Design carbon fiber wheels that came with it. I also added a Fizik Aliante saddle. Full utegra 9 speed double. With the heavier wheels, comes in at 21lbs. No frame flex when I'm riding it (6'1" 235lbs)

It replaced a 1998 Lemond Alpe D'Huez I've been riding for the past several years.

I've put 75 miles on it over the past two weeks and I'm in heaven...
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Old 10-15-07, 04:47 PM   #2
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Schweeeeeeet!
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Old 10-15-07, 04:50 PM   #3
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A friend of mine has the same bike. It was a good idea to replace the wheels as he had plenty of trouble with them. Also watch the seat post. That had to be replaced as well when the bolt broke and he smashed his 'nads on the top tube. But other than that - it's a super bike!!!
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Old 10-15-07, 05:15 PM   #4
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that's a nice looking bike.
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Old 10-15-07, 05:56 PM   #5
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Also watch the seat post. That had to be replaced as well when the bolt broke and he smashed his 'nads on the top tube. But other than that - it's a super bike!!!
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Old 10-15-07, 06:06 PM   #6
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Nice (to be only 40)
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Looks pretty fast. Enjoy it!
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Congratulations on an awesome bike!

Now if you need to clear out some space in your garage, I have some extra room for that Alpe D'Huez frame right next to my old 9sp Ultegra gruppo!

Seriously, if it is 59 cm and you plan to sell it, let me know.
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Schweeeeeeet!
Even that is an understatement!!

How about SCHWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET!!
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Fantastic deal. Congrats!
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Now if you need to clear out some space in your garage, I have some extra room for that Alpe D'Huez frame right next to my old 9sp Ultegra gruppo!

Seriously, if it is 59 cm and you plan to sell it, let me know.
Sorry, it's already gone. Sold it on Craigslist four days after I posted it.
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Nice bike!!

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Sorry, it's already gone. Sold it on Craigslist four days after I posted it.


Oh well, I guess I'm going to have to slug it out on Ebay for something.
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Nice ride...I am thinking of putting Deep V Velocity wheels with ultegra hubs on my Cannondale Synapse. I think I will feel alot better about blasting down a hill at 45 mph with something a little more stout.
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Nice ride...I am thinking of putting Deep V Velocity wheels with ultegra hubs on my Cannondale Synapse. I think I will feel alot better about blasting down a hill at 45 mph with something a little more stout.
Well, I'm running DeepV's myself and love them so far! Crisp and tight and they add less rotational mass resistance than I though they would
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Even that is an understatement!!

How about SCHWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET!!
I'm thinking more of SchaaaWiiiiinnnnnggggg!
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