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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 10-24-07, 02:12 PM   #1
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Another Clyde looking for advice...

Hey everyone,

I just purchased a 6 year old GT ZR5.0 from a friend this last weekend. I got the bike for a very reasonable price, and it was made before GT was bought out by Pacific. It is a good aluminum frame (58cm, I am 6' 4", 220) and is all Sora components. I know that Sora is very low-end, but is there any advice that anyone has for me?

I need to get a new saddle, but already have shoes and clipless pedals. Is this bike going to be adequate for my riding? Do I need to be worried about anything? What would be a good saddle for me? (I am kind of bony on my seat, not that big) Thanks for the help and I look forward to riding more to get my weight down!
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My first thought is that a 58cm frame seems it might be a bit small for a 6'4" guy. You might want to get a "fit" at a bike shop, or have somebody you know who is good with that help you (if you don't know yourself already).

How are you set on accessories? Helmet, gloves, saddle bag, sunglasses, etc...?
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I guess now that you've bought it the only way to tell if it is going to be adequate is ride it. I'm your size and the advice I have is save your money. If you end up riding a lot you'll probably want to upgrade soon.

As far as saddles go, I'd recommend looking at a Specialized Avatar or even an Alias. Others have had great success with Brooks.
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+1 on the Specialized saddles.

As for the Sora's, if you rode 10 speed frictiion shifters back in the day, these shifters are like going to an automatic transmission! The work great, just get bad press because they aren't pro models.
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+1 on the Specialized saddles.

As for the Sora's, if you rode 10 speed frictiion shifters back in the day, these shifters are like going to an automatic transmission! The work great, just get bad press because they aren't pro models.
Agreed! I have friction DT on my old touring steed. I just got to experience the Brifters and am floored!
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Thanks for all of the replies. I know that 58cm is a bit short, but I do have a shorter inseam for someone my height. As for this newer bike, I am indeed coming from something older and smaller using the old friction shifters. I am really enjoying the speed and simplicity of the new components. I already have just about all of the accessories (shoes, sunglasses, helmet, gloves but I need a saddle bag) so I think I am just about set. I am enjoying this so far, and hope to get many more miles out of this current bike. Thanks so far!
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