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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 10-28-07, 10:05 PM   #1
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Old 10-28-07, 10:11 PM   #2
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thats one bad ass looking bike.... damn it man....
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Old 10-28-07, 10:16 PM   #3
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Lotta specialized sales to Clydes this year

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Old 10-28-07, 10:23 PM   #4
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Thanks for the compliments. Tom I kinda followed your lead. I had the Trek 7.5 for about almost 3 months then I fell (not as bad as your fall). Fortunately my body saved the bike Just road rash to my left leg. So I go and buy a road bike since I knew that I wanted one anyway.
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Old 10-28-07, 11:20 PM   #5
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That bike has more carbon fiber than an F40 . Nice bike.
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Old 10-29-07, 06:48 AM   #6
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Very Nice! But I wouldn't make a habit out of storing it on the couch.
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Old 10-29-07, 07:11 AM   #7
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That's HOT!
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Old 10-29-07, 07:39 AM   #8
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That's one UGLY Spoke Protector on that bike! What were they thinking when they put that thing on there? Looks like it came off a Wally World Huffy!
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Old 10-29-07, 08:16 AM   #9
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Believe it or not, I actually cleaned it with baby wipes prior to the photo shoot. I strangely picked a weekend that the woman was gone. Of course when she saw the pics, she hit me upside my head anyway.

As to storage, I picked up one of those Ultimate Storage Rakks. My shrine area of the basement is getting crowded. I have all my Ferrari Formula 1 items, my racing kart, and now my Tarmac. If I keep spending at this rate, I'll be sleeping on that couch. . . . Hence the baby wipes!!!!
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You people with your new bikes are making me jealous! I bought my mountain bike 20 years ago, my first touring bike 15 years ago, and I just bought a new tourer - an LHT. Now I want a new mountain bike and a new road bike (for centuries, fast day rides, etc.) My wife doesn't think I'll need another new bike for another 10 years or so. Aargh!!
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Old 10-29-07, 09:37 AM   #11
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You people with your new bikes are making me jealous! I bought my mountain bike 20 years ago, my first touring bike 15 years ago, and I just bought a new tourer - an LHT. Now I want a new mountain bike and a new road bike (for centuries, fast day rides, etc.) My wife doesn't think I'll need another new bike for another 10 years or so. Aargh!!

Yahr...I won't be able to get a new bike until my wife gets wood floors. That's going to be a while. Guess I just better settle in to what I got for a while.

(unless I can save up all of my walking around money ($25 a week) for a couple of years)

Oh...and to OP - nice bike!!!
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Old 10-29-07, 10:17 AM   #12
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I love that you let your bike sit on a white couch...says a lot about its place in your life.
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Old 10-29-07, 11:43 AM   #13
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Thanks Adrien. . . . I hadn't even thought of that. She is already very jealous of the karting. If she starts thinking about the bike that way . . . it might put her over the edge. Fortunately I planned for a fall back just in case. I gave her my three month old 07 Trek 7.5 Disc. This replaced the 20 year old Trek 950 that she was riding. You don't think she would bite the hand . . .
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Nice bike but what is with the reflectors? Just kidding! Saftey first, I wonder if you can get them in CF?
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Old 10-29-07, 07:00 PM   #15
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Beautiful machine!

Makes me want to put together my new purchase - but I'm just too busy to...

Congrats!
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Ditch the reflectors and buy some lights.
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Old 10-29-07, 09:11 PM   #18
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I knew everyone would rip on me for the reflectors and spoke protector. I'm just getting used to biking again. I've never had a bike that cost this much before so I'm gun shy on changing things. They really don't bother me. I figure when I upgrade the wheels and tires that I will no longer be a newbie. I guess I still have that don't want to void the warranty mentality. Give me some credit. . . I went from a 07 Trek 7.5 Disc to a 07 Specialized Tarmac Comp in three months. I just hope that biking doesn't consume me to the degree that my karting has. I will definately need another full time job.
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Old 10-30-07, 11:09 AM   #19
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Man, I can't even get away from the Tifosi on Bike Forums!

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I knew everyone would rip on me for the reflectors and spoke protector. I'm just getting used to biking again. I've never had a bike that cost this much before so I'm gun shy on changing things. They really don't bother me. I figure when I upgrade the wheels and tires that I will no longer be a newbie. I guess I still have that don't want to void the warranty mentality. Give me some credit. . . I went from a 07 Trek 7.5 Disc to a 07 Specialized Tarmac Comp in three months. I just hope that biking doesn't consume me to the degree that my karting has. I will definately need another full time job.

No worries. Removing the reflectors won't void your warranttee so get them off of there. That bike is way to sexy to be riden like that.
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Old 10-31-07, 03:28 AM   #21
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That's a great looking bike!! Congratulations on your new purchase
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biking may well consume you as much as karting. I used to be big into the autox scene, and had a great miata.

told my wife i get the speed out of my system on my bike -- it's cheaper, better for me and better for the planet.
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Old 10-31-07, 05:21 PM   #23
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I keep reading several posts about people complaining about Specialized tires. I don't know where or how these people ride but I haven't had any problems (yet). I guess I'll just leave the rims and tires for the trainer and bad weather days. I like the look of Zipp wheels but not the price tag. Any tire and wheel suggestions?

I've been racing karts for 31 years now and don't feel like stopping anytime soon. I race just short of the national level all over the midwest. My lady would kill me if I took up another $12K/year hobby.

Thanks for all the encouragement and help!!
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