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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 05-14-08, 06:27 AM   #1
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Any big guys on Cross bikes?

I am looking to buy a Cross bike, first to ride, then maybe compete. I am currently a Clyde in the 275 pound area and was wondering if any of you at this size ride and more specifically if you have any problems with tire pressure. I have been trying out a bike, and making sure to keep the tires fully inflated, but I can't help but think that the rear tire looks a little low at times. Any thoughts or input. I don't want to necessarily be stuck with thicker tires as I ride a lot on streets, with only some paths.
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Old 05-14-08, 06:29 AM   #2
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I ride a Bianchi Axis... awesome bike... weigh 225... solid, responsive, very sturdy
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Old 05-14-08, 07:09 AM   #3
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answered you over in the cross section...
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What tires and what pressure are you running?

I think the stock cyclocross tires that came on my Jake had some ridiculous max pressure rating of something like 55psi. At 220-230, I ended up running 75psi offroad and 85 on. I'm running 35c panaracer passelas right now at 90psi, and at 205lbs, they look much better. I may actually go down to 80psi with them.
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Thanks for the info.

Tire pressure seems to be my problem I guess. I have Ritchey Speedmax tires 700x32, and I am having trouble telling what the pressure is. I am new to the type of valves on these tires, and the new pump I bought for them is giving me trouble. I feel like I can't get air into them, but if the pressure gauge on the pump is right I've got them at 140 psi which can't possibly be correct.
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I am riding a Specialized Tri-Cross at about 240 lbs. No problems at all. I have not even managed to bust a spoke yet, and I hit curbs all the time. I run the tire pressure at max listed on the wall, but I can not remember off hand what that max is. In the 85-90 PSI range I think.
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I'm 6'5, 315 on a Kona Jake with 25cm road tires I run at 110psi. It's held up great so far!
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235 - 240 pounds
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215 on a Jake the Snake, running Conti Gatorskins @ 100-105psi. No problems here.
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I have a redline conquest - does that count. I am 2256 lbs at the moment and work working
on becoming smaller.
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I'm running 700x28 Conti Gatorskins @ 115 rear and 110 front . I weigh 245
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I have a redline conquest - does that count. I am 2256 lbs at the moment and work working
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Wow, a super clyde
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I have a custom cross frame (second hand)
I run Mavic CXP-33 wheels
Run several different tires
for road a Panaracer 737 (700x37) at about 90psi, heavy but great for paved/gravel - very durable
Ritchey cross max 30s at 60-80 psi off road, gravel roads
Panaracer Cinder 35s at <40 for racing cross depending on conditions

I weigh 245, and the back tire on every bike I ride looks a little flat
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I have a redline conquest - does that count. I am 2256 lbs at the moment and work working
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Holy gravitational pull, Batman!

If anything, it's certainly a stellar endorsement for the durability of the Redline Conquest.
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6'2" 300lbs, Commute 30 miles a day on my Lemond Poprad Disc. No problems, not even with the low spoke count wheels. I run 700x32 Bontrager hardcase tires at 80psi.
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I ride a Bianchi Axis... awesome bike... weigh 225... solid, responsive, very sturdy
+1 I have the same bike and also weigh about 225. Room for big tires, rack and fender attachments. I put 32c road tires on it in place of the knobbies. The gearing is great for the hills here in CO. The wheels don't have a lot of spokes (20/24 I think) is my only concern, but after 1500 miles no problems at all.
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