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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 07-29-08, 10:41 AM   #1
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Clownbike



This is currently my favorite ride in the stable.

I've got the following into it:

2 POS Huffy bikes ( 1 for the base, 1 womens for parts thank you freecycle) $0.00 (exactly what they were worth)

1 pair Ape Hangers (sorta?) found at a garage sale. $.75

1 set of cables from the evil empire about $5.00

grease for the grease gun $5.00

Est extra gas getting the bikes & supplies (I combined trips with other errands where possible) $5.00

Total Cash spent: about $15.75

Me out riding and loosing weight... $15.75 (anyone can do this)

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Old 07-29-08, 11:22 AM   #2
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This sounds like an awesome frankenbike. The link to the picture's not working, unfortunately. Can you re-link?
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Razafrazits... it shows on my computer but I thought it might not work here. I need to get a photo account somewhere that I can directly link pics.
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Old 07-29-08, 11:35 AM   #4
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Razafrazits... it shows on my computer but I thought it might not work here. I need to get a photo account somewhere that I can directly link pics.

or you can upload a picture form your pc. Click on the paper clip icon...You may need to decerease the size of the Photo in MS paint first though.
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Ok, hopefully the edit will work.

Here are a few more now that I created a photobucket account.


This is my Puch Cavalier that I love. I got it from freecycle and have invested new cables & grease into it. I've repacked all the bearings and had to sand down the wheels when I put new tires and tubes on it. A lot of work and about $60.00 into it so far. It needs a tall stem and a layback seatpost. I almost hate to do that to it because the tall stems are not the finest looking pieces of equipment around.


This is my Motobecane Nomade which I also got from freecycle. It's a fine riding bike, heavy but not too heavy and solid. I put the tall stem on this bike to see how it rode and I like it a lot. I can always crouch down in the drops when I hit a headwind. I've put about $30.00 into this bike.


I picked this Ross Mountain bike up at a garage sale for $20 and it was ready to ride. This one may become the next clown bike with tall handlebars. I've got about $30.00 into it considering the gas $$ I used while driving around garagesaleing during a rainstorm.

My point to this: If you're like me and on a tight budget, there are options to get out there, you may not have the latest greatest gear, but man is there a lot of fun to be had for not much $$ if you're willing to get your hands dirty.
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Old 07-29-08, 12:30 PM   #6
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Jimmy, you really need to scour the fleas/yard sales/freecycle until you find an appropriate "banana" seat for the Franken-huffy

Keep enjoying, man
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Hehehe... a new banana seat can be had for $30.00 at the lbs, but I'm not sure that those skinny back bars will support my weight. It's a silly looking bike to be sure but I'm up to 10-mile rides with it and It's mostly comfortable though I find now I'm running out of but(as in posterior) before I'm out of energy.

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DUDE !!!
Seriously, the "Frankenhuffy" would be right at home cruising the boardwalk here at the beach !!

I wish I had half your patience and talent. Well Done!
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Well done Jimmy! I'm loving the Puch and the Motobecane.

Frankenbike is cool too. You may have just found what redeeming value there is in those discarded lost souls.
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Thanks for the complements.

The Frankenbike is a pretty dodgy affair with only 2 of the gears available on the front tripple because I've been too cheap to replace the shifter cables and a 6-speed on the back with Shimano set up for a 5-speed because I'm too lazy to change it. Maybe someday I'll realize I'm keeping it and set it up proper w/new paint job. Right now I'm thinking of painting "Not So Specialized" on the side of it. Still it takes me back to the huffy I had as a little kid but without the banana seat. Those are 26" mountain bikes btw, so it's a bit of a monster to smaller folk who see it for the first time. Frankenhuffy indeed.
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you could find one of the banana seats that has the twisted steel pipe .. that otta hold the weight a bit better ...
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Old 07-31-08, 05:41 AM   #12
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This is currently my favorite ride in the stable.

I've got the following into it:

2 POS Huffy bikes ( 1 for the base, 1 womens for parts thank you freecycle) $0.00 (exactly what they were worth)

1 pair Ape Hangers (sorta?) found at a garage sale. $.75

1 set of cables from the evil empire about $5.00

grease for the grease gun $5.00

Est extra gas getting the bikes & supplies (I combined trips with other errands where possible) $5.00

Total Cash spent: about $15.75

Me out riding and loosing weight... $15.75 (anyone can do this)
I've seen a bike with handlebars like that at my work. It looks like its fun to ride.
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Maybe someday I'll realize I'm keeping it and set it up proper w/new paint job. Right now I'm thinking of painting "Not So Specialized" on the side of it.
That would be awesome! A high gloss black with white "Not so Specialized" would be 10lbs of win in a 5lbs bag. I second the banana seat, you aught to show it off in the alt forums if your looking for some ideas.
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