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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 05-04-08, 06:31 AM   #1
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New Clydesdale - MS 150 Target - Need Feedback on Bike Details

Hey guys/gals...Tom Stormcrowe recommended I come over to the Clydesdale section. I look forward to speaking with you guys.

I recently have been seriously considering getting into a roadbike to improve my health. I've got my first child on the way, and trying to trim off the 30lbs I've gained since undergrad 7 yrs ago. I'm 29, and right around 200-205#. A buddy and I are motivated to start training to do the MS 150 in Orange Beach, AL in Sept. Sooo... good health, good cause(s), let's ride!

I'm looking at sub-$1000 road bikes. I've come across a Trek 1.2 for about 800 bucks, OR

a used 2006 Lemond Tourmalet with upgraded components for $750. It all 105 components, upgraded "external" crank. (Sorry I don't know what brand and I hope I'm describing that right), shimano clipless already installed, and a trek computer already on the bike. The brakes look to be upgraded from whats on the 2008 Lemond(except for the carbon rear end on the 2008), and the ride feels comfortable. It was owned by a rider working out of a shop, and he's more into mountain bikes, not road bikes, hence the sale.

I'm just curious if it's a good deal or not for a bike. Anything else you'd recommend? Hope to meet some of you out riding and thanks in advance for the feedback!

John
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Old 05-04-08, 07:41 AM   #2
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Which bike fits best? Components can be changed, but a frame that don't fit you right is gonna cause you to have a bad day, no matter how 'upgraded' the components are.
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TO add to chipcom's advice, Lemond frames are longer then Trek's. Not by much, and the extra length can be what you want, or the opposite. Trek and Lemond have severed ties, and warranty service on the frame may be hard to get in the future.
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The Lemond seems to fit well I guess. It's very comfortable for me to ride, and honestly I couldn't tell a whole lot of difference between the trek. Slightly more stretched out I guess.

This will be my first road bike, so I'm sure the subtle differences will show with experience. I'm just trying to get my best bang for the buck for my first bike.

I know the issues Lemond is going through, but unsure if the warranty of an aluminum bike is often an issue or not? Since I heard there are incentives on Lemond right now to clear out inventory, do you think I can get a competitive deal on a new one?

John

Thanks for the advice.

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If you're new to riding, there's much value in choosing a bike that fits well from a shop that offers great service. You'll want to be able to rely on them to adjust your bike as the parts settle in during the first few months. It would also be great if the shop you choose offers regular rides. Not only will that give you some help in learning to ride on the road, but you'll already be going there when something on your bike needs an occasional tweaking.
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