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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 07-17-08, 10:42 AM   #1
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What performance road bikes take 700cx28 tires?

It seems that many of the better $1200 road bikes take 700cx23 tires and do not have the clearance for a 700cx28.

Do you know of a good road bike that will take Clyde sized tires?

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You don't want a performance oriented road bike. You want a sport bike; which has
geometry in between a racy bike and a touring bike. My Gunnar Sport has 32c tires on it this year because the roads around here are bad and getting worse.

Anyway, look at sport bikes, a lot of cyclocross bikes have compromise geometry to make them better suited for road riding.

The Surly Pacer is a nice sport bike. Salsa makes one, and I like my Gunnar Sport.
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You don't want a performance oriented road bike. You want a sport bike; which has
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That is not true! Ihave a Cannondle on my second Lemond frame. Both are race bikes. The Canni is more of a crit type bike and is very forward just waiting to go! The Lemond is more of a Euro road racing geo and is super comfortable. The Canni sems to plae the rider towards the front of the bike while the Lemond seems to place the rider behind the pedals giving that 'laying across the top of the bike" feel. Similar to the feeling of riding my Trek 8000 mtb.

Not all racers are the same! Different brands use different geo's. That's the reason one should try several bikes and not assume that because they didn't like a Cannondale that they won't like a DeRosa. I have the Lemond and a Bianchi touring bike. The Lemond is more comfy!
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That is not true! Ihave a Cannondle on my second Lemond frame. Both are race bikes. The Canni is more of a crit type bike and is very forward just waiting to go! The Lemond is more of a Euro road racing geo and is super comfortable. The Canni sems to plae the rider towards the front of the bike while the Lemond seems to place the rider behind the pedals giving that 'laying across the top of the bike" feel. Similar to the feeling of riding my Trek 8000 mtb.

Not all racers are the same! Different brands use different geo's. That's the reason one should try several bikes and not assume that because they didn't like a Cannondale that they won't like a DeRosa. I have the Lemond and a Bianchi touring bike. The Lemond is more comfy!
And you are using what size tires? - TF
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this clyde has a leader road bike and I use 25's
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I run 25's! I have .250 clearance on each side of the tire, between tire and seatstay equaling .500 space.

25's measure 1.0 thick.
28's (on my tandem) measure 1.070 thick. Same rim.

So with the 28's onthe Lemond, I would still have .430 clearance.

Close to half an inch with the 28's but the 25's are more than good enough. IMO, 28's would be overkill!
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Allez, running 26MM tires. Tight, but doable.
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i had 28's on my felt z35. however, i switched to 23's. the 28's left very little margin for the wheel being out of true. 25's would have been ok.

if you have a bike in mind that won't take 28's, see if it has room for 25's. when everything is said and done, you may end up glad you went with 25's.
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Allez, running 26MM tires. Tight, but doable.
DEepends on tires too. I use Conti's which are smooth on the outside radius of the tires. I have had Specialized which have a large ridge on the outside circumference of the tires, making it wider and more of a pin in the tush to squeeze them between the calipers during a flat repair.


Note: I quit using Specialized tires cause I had a problem with the $20-$25 modles losing 2-3 inch chunks of rubber. Specialized Mondo S-Works and (can't recall the other model.)
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I also recommend the Gunnar Sport. With the steel fork, I can use the Vittoria Randonneur Pro tires. Specialized makes the Tricross, which might also be worth looking into.

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I have 28's on my Trek Pilot.
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Yeah, my tires are a bit spendy, Soma Everwears. Basically, $40 a tire, but I'm absolutely thrilled with them. I paid less a tire for the Kelly Navigators on my minivan/tire.

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Note: I quit using Specialized tires cause I had a problem with the $20-$25 modles losing 2-3 inch chunks of rubber. Specialized Mondo S-Works and (can't recall the other model.)
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I have 28's on my Trek Pilot.

But I'm not sure if the Pilot is considered a race bike. Listed as an upright more comfy bike. Gina's is a 5.2 na even has front and rear rack eyelts on it. But whoever thinks these bikes are slow because of the slightly tall headtube is greatly mistaken! It's all about the engine!
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It's all about the engine!
Exactly. I race with my Pilot, therefore if must be a race bike right...

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Exactly. I race with my Pilot, therefore if must be a race bike right...

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I am running 23s on my '05 Trek SL1000 right now... The original stock tires were 25s.
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