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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 05-22-08, 04:56 PM   #1
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How Much Did You Pay For Your Bike? Clyde Version

Inspired by 10Wheels claim to an $800 bike in another thread!....Mine? My Canondale was $1039 back in 98. MY Lemond in 05 was $1000. Tough being a poor guy!




98 Cannondale- Ultegra equipped but as parts wore, I upgraded from 8 to DA 9-speed. Lots of good deals on parts! Also built my own wheels on the cheap!



05 Tourmalet- Snapped the frame at the BB so Trek replaced the frame and fork with this snazzy 07 Chambery carbon/ aluminum frame. Tourmalet was all aluminum $1000 bike. Chambery is a $2100 carbon/aluminm bike, so I made out bigtime! Also built these wheels too!
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$800 bike and Now 198 lbs.
Will wait for you and Robin to get below 200 lbs.
Let me know when that happens. Haha
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Forgot to ADD That I started in January on a $15, 83 Nishiki, rode it 1500 miles.
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On sale for $1100 Fuji Roubaix Pro



and $980 for Trek 6500

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Inspired by 10Wheels claim to an $800 bike in another thread!....Mine? My Canondale was $1039 back in 98. MY Lemond in 05 was $1000. Tough being a poor guy!




98 Cannondale- Ultegra equipped but as parts wore, I upgraded from 8 to DA 9-speed. Lots of good deals on parts! Also built my own wheels on the cheap!



05 Tourmalet- Snapped the frame at the BB so Trek replaced the frame and fork with this snazzy 07 Chambery carbon/ aluminum frame. Tourmalet was all aluminum $1000 bike. Chambery is a $2100 carbon/aluminm bike, so I made out bigtime! Also built these wheels too!
We have very similar bike histories. My 97 CAAD3 R1000 cracked though and I have 2006 steel/Carbon Lemond.
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$1500/$1000/$450

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Surly/Cervelo/Colnago
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Inspired by 10Wheels claim to an $800 bike in another thread!....Mine? My Canondale was $1039 back in 98. MY Lemond in 05 was $1000. Tough being a poor guy!
I'm probably the cheapest new bike here, I got a end of line closeout, when I had a friend at the distributor for half price:



Yeah this photo has been here before.....
The family stable might be growing though, my (much) better half, has finally allowed me to twist her arm enough to at least promise to visit a bike shop.
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OK, the wife's!

'84 Bianchi Sport- $40, but I gave the dude $80 cause it's a Bianchi eventhough he was only asking $40. Put in a few hundred to clean it up, new gears, rims, brifters from 6 to 7 speed. She rode it for app6 years, 2,000 miles a year.

Couple of years ago, picked upo teh CF Pilot 5.2 for $2100 on sale

Ours! 98 Burley Duet tandem-$1850 on sale
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Price: Free. Got it from a program at work.





Price: $1200 on sale, wheels extra

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$275, including the trailer, 1986 Schwinn Passage Touring Bike



$899.00, including the upgraded wheels to Velocity 36 spoke Deep V's and Aerobar. Add in an on handlebar video camera as well.

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Corsa Extra Merckx came with a mix of new and old. Record 10 shifters and DER... Mavic SSC Brakes & HS. Campy Eurus Wheels. Super Record Seatpost and C-Record Cranks.. Campione Del Mondo Bars and Cinelli 1-R Stem. A weird mix of old and new but it all works together very well..

I had sold one of my Motorola Merckx's to a museum, so was looking on Craigslist and found this beauty. It has no decals, but I tracked the serial # down to a 1987/88 Corsa Extra SLX Frame.. It had been painted within the last couple of years and the paint looks very good..
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Early 1980's Raleigh Pursuit - five dollars.

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My "new girlfriend", 2008 Long Haul Trucker Complete. Paid retail for it ($985) but they threw in $75 worth of accessories, so that helped the pain . Had the B-17 previously, so again, helped. If I had to buy everything all over, it would probably be running $1100-ish. Ouch... but the best. bike. ever.

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My grand sport was a left over, got it for 600 and love it.

I actually like the sora brifters more so than the two lever designs. Could be because I don't ride the drops too much.
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My RANS Stratus XL was 1800$ but I probably have $300 worth of stuff on it.

Let's see $2100 * (1 Gallon of Gas/$3.80) * 15 miles/gallon = 8300 miles to break even just on gas. Dang, I better get back on the bike!
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I've paid under sticker for all my bikes, mostly because I wait until they're on a "last year's model" sale.

1991 Stumpjumper Comp - $600 (Last year's model, and the LBS' "bike of the week" special)
1991 Trek 2100 - $850 (Last year's model, mis-stickered, but the LBS gave me that price anyhow because we had bought so many other bikes there.)
2008 Surly Cross-Check - $980, including fenders, mudflaps, bottle cages, swapped tires, swapped stem and 2 water bottles. The shop refunds 1/2 the price of a fitting against the price of your new bike. (Full fitting refunded if you buy a bike over $3,000) so I had a $100 price break on it.
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Wow, I uh paid $30 for an old 12-speed Norco Mountaineer that I tossed some Panaracer Paselas on. Yes, the tires cost more than the bike.
I've never rode something with drops before, or good-quality components even; so I'm not even sure what I'm missing.
1300kms later though, the old tank is still holding up great and gets me around perfectly.
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Wow, I uh paid $30 for an old 12-speed Norco Mountaineer that I tossed some Panaracer Paselas on. Yes, the tires cost more than the bike.
I've never rode something with drops before, or good-quality components even; so I'm not even sure what I'm missing.
1300kms later though, the old tank is still holding up great and gets me around perfectly.
That's the important thing here. Not the 'how big is mine' stuff some folks get caught up in.
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My 10 speed Huffy was about $70 brand new from a department store in 1996. It has about 700 miles on it so far this year, so I am keeping my fingers crossed that it will hold out until I can afford a road bike.
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My 10 speed Huffy was about $70 brand new from a department store in 1996. It has about 700 miles on it so far this year, so I am keeping my fingers crossed that it will hold out until I can afford a road bike.
That you can turn out that mileage on a Huffy is something to get, uhm, huffed about!
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Wow, I uh paid $30 for an old 12-speed Norco Mountaineer that I tossed some Panaracer Paselas on. Yes, the tires cost more than the bike.
I've never rode something with drops before, or good-quality components even; so I'm not even sure what I'm missing.
1300kms later though, the old tank is still holding up great and gets me around perfectly.


I respect a bike like yours (check out my wife's Bianchi, about 12-14,000 miles on it). But in my case, I use the bike for sport/recreation. I don't think I'd be able to train, and complete some of the rides within time limits if I were to ride a bike similar to yours.


So yeah, I'd like a bike like yours but our needs are much different. But with the price of gas, I just might get something for the commute like yours.No way am I bragging about cost in my case. My thinking is that I do ok on inexpensvie bikes considering that everyone around me rides bikes in the $3,000-$9,000 range. I'm the poor guy of the group.

Plus with over 45,000 mile under my belt, I think a bike in my price range is very suitable.
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There is also my other other girlfriend, my '07 Hardrock Sport. I paid $350 for it in August of '06, got a great deal on it. I've since added a rear half-fender thing, different pedals, different saddle (Sonoma 155 - awesome cheap commuter/in-town saddle), and different tires (Nimbus Armadillos, awesome tires). It's also getting a new crankset after the stocker gave up the ghost, but even that's cheap - Shimano Alivio, $50 for crank and BB from JensonUSA.

As setup, it's pretty much the ultimate Clyde bike, I think. You'll break before it does, that much I can guarantee, and you'll have a whole lot of fun trying to break it. Not the greatest for long rides or lots of hills, but for MUP's and tooling around town, it's a blast.

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Wow, I uh paid $30 for an old 12-speed Norco Mountaineer that I tossed some Panaracer Paselas on. Yes, the tires cost more than the bike.
I've never rode something with drops before, or good-quality components even; so I'm not even sure what I'm missing.
1300kms later though, the old tank is still holding up great and gets me around perfectly.
Does your bike make you happy? If so, then you got a good deal, no matter what you paid for it: $30 or $3000.

As for what you're missing: Less weight and maybe smoother feel on things like shifter operation. I rode my aforementioned '91 Stumpy until this January, with many of the original components on it. It was heavy and a little crunchy at the shifters, but it worked fine for what I was doing.
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My thinking is that I do ok on inexpensvie bikes considering that everyone around me rides bikes in the $3,000-$9,000 range. I'm the poor guy of the group.
+10000

I almost got caught up in the "bling" group, eyeing roadies when I was set on getting a Surly. After much debate, mostly with myself, I theorized that I ride a ton every day, and I want something that will last me for a long, long, long time. Hence, the LHT, which is pretty pricey but I figure will be one of those that I ride until it falls apart - which will be about the time I fall apart. Plus, hell, I just wanted the thing - I can admit it!

I will add, however, it's brutally fun to drop those on expensive rides with my big butt on my big touring bike or MTB. BRUTALLY fun. Just ask the dude riding the carbon Bianchi yesterday afternoon...
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