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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 08-01-08, 11:25 AM   #1
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new ride.....with pics

Well, I've been trying to decide on whether to get a road bike or just keep riding my MTB. I've always told myself I didn't need a road bike, because I don't ride anywhere I ride for excercise. If I ride for an hour it doesn't matter if I go 10 miles or 20 miles, if I put the same effort in. Anyways, I've also known what road bike I wanted.

Last week I went to the LBS and test rode a new one, second test ride on this model. I wanted a Specialized Roubaix, I was looking at the base model.

I've also been checking ebay and CL. Well, I found one on CL it had been listed within the hour. Long story short I got the bike I wanted with more stuff then if I wanted like full Ultegra.

Couple quick question suggested tire pressure for road bike, it has continentals attack/force, with a max of 120 psi. Since it has a presta stem I am going to get an shrader - presta adapter and floor pump. Any suggestions a floor pump?

Here it is....finaly the pics.

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Old 08-01-08, 11:31 AM   #2
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Old 08-01-08, 11:32 AM   #3
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Very nice. It is nice when education, preparation and opportunity align with the positive result.

I have a specialized floor pump that handle the higher pressure, and both valve types. Addapter would like be expected for a frame pump.

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Old 08-01-08, 11:39 AM   #4
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Nice! Hope you got a good deal on CL. That is a sweet looking bike. I'm kinda jealous as I don't have a straight up "road" bike right now.

Tire pressure is a relative thing. Depends on the type of tire and width, the condition of the roads you're on, your weight etc... etc... Personally I usually run a higher pressure to avoid pinch flats and the like. They look like 23C tires but it's hard to tell from the picture. I'd probably run them at about 110 PSI (I'm 6'2" and 210 lbs for ref) maybe lower maybe higher depending on the ride quality at that pressure. I usually like running a 25C tire on a road bike, makes for a slightly more comfortable ride and you're less likely to get pinch flats.

Regarding pumps.

The vast majority of quality pumps on the market either have heads that will allow you to pump up both presta and schraeder valves although older styles would require you to switch some internals around inside the head of the pump in which case I would definitely get an adapter. For a frame pump I'd be hard pressed to find anything bad to say about the Topeak Road Morph it has a tiny hose and a flip down foot making it essentially a tiny floor pump. For floor pumps Silca used to be the way to go (pricey) but rumor has it the new version isn't so hot. I've heard good things about pumps from SKS (again pricey), but generally as long as you've got a legible gauge (preferably at the top of the pump to ease reading), a long hose, and a dual valve head most anything you can pick up at your LBS should suit your needs.
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Congratulations! I think you will find the smooth efficient speed of a road bike will encourage you to put more effort into your rides and get a better work out.

I agree with the above post about pumps - anything you find at the LBS will probably fill the needs. Maybe avoid plastic bodied pumps as they won't last as long if you are pumping 100lbs +. ALso, most new pumps do come with some sort of built-in presta chuck and you don't need an adaptor. Maybe carry one in a small tool pouch when you go for a ride in case you need to stop at a gas station to fill up.

FOr on-the road tire inflations (emergencies) get a patch kit, a spare tube, and a co2 inflater with a couple extra cartridges. Make sure you keep your tires fully inflated with your nice floor pump at home and you may never need to use the cartridges, but they sure are nice if you do!
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What size is that? I've been considering a roubaix because of the more relaxed geometry. (i.e. can't bend over as far as I'd like with my guy in the way.) That looks to have a nice tall head-tube with bars at least level with the seat. Very nice. I'm jealous. I don't find that type of thing here on CL. All we've got in Philly is old frames converted to single speeds or fixies and the odd old Trek. Good luck with it and nice find!
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ecfinn it is a 62, i would prefer a tad smaller, but I'm going to change the stem to a little shorter and that should cover my concerns. I have been watching CL for awhile so they are rare to find.

A recap on my first ride. Some firsts I haven't ridden a rode bike any distance in over 25 years, first ride with a bike computer and clipless pedals. I've ridden with toe-clips and straps but not the clipless pedals.

I was all set to give some other points, but I have to put this disclaimer out there. The bike came with a computer that had a dead battery. I bought a new battery and installed it, it came on and worked. Later, when I got back from my ride (read after the fact) I realized the computer needed to be reset to the bike's tire size. The computer was set for 26 x 2.00 my tires are 700 x 23c. So when I give the following MPH and mileage, it is an approximation, but I don't have enough information to do the conversation.

Anyways I did 11.58 miles, on what level ground there was, mostly inclines around 3% with a headwind I tried to keep my speed at 15 MPH. I didn't realize how fast 15 mph was. It is nice having the computer so I don't overestimate my distance or speed, but the downside is pushing to maintain a higher speed.
At about 5 miles I turned for home when I saw a small hill (5-6% grade) I thought oh that hill looks short, I think it will allow me to miss a busy intersection. So I started up the hill, it leveled off in places but 2.98 miles later I crested the hill.

Should put this in the other thread about speed that makes you go wow. At one point I was doing 33 MPH?, and at that speed I didn't want to go any faster as I felt unsteady on the bike. Maybe with more time on the bike and fitting it better I will go faster. But, it does give me a reference point for you speed demons out there.
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Get a floor pump, and mini-pump, with a presta head and forgo the adapter.
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Any of the floor pumps work good - I've got a Park Tools and it works great. It's also Presta as well as Shrader - better than using an adapter.

Then go to 105-110psi for your tires. A little more than a smaller guy might go, but then we're Clydes and we don't want to pinch those little things!

Nice looking ride!
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What size is that? I've been considering a roubaix because of the more relaxed geometry. (i.e. can't bend over as far as I'd like with my guy in the way.) That looks to have a nice tall head-tube with bars at least level with the seat. Very nice. I'm jealous. I don't find that type of thing here on CL. All we've got in Philly is old frames converted to single speeds or fixies and the odd old Trek. Good luck with it and nice find!


I was about to post about the geometry of this bike - it doesn't look like the high seat/low bar arrangement of many road bikes, which causes me neck problems (besides being uncomfortable)...is this feature of the roubaix bikes?
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Old 08-01-08, 06:24 PM   #11
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Very nice. It is nice when education, preparation and opportunity align with the positive result.

I have a specialized floor pump that handle the higher pressure, and both valve types. Addapter would like be expected for a frame pump.

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What I do, is pick up a on-board mini-pump for EACH bike, most are convertible from one type to the other, so the pump on each bike is set up for that particular bike (the bike with presta valves has a pump set up for presta, the bike with schraeder valves has a pump set up for those. BTW a good idea is, when you clean the bike, operate the pump a few times, then put your thumb over the chuck and operate it once to make sure the pressure is good. Many pumps use a piece of oiled leather or foam to make a seal, this can dry out, leaving you with a non-operating pump. If you find it doesn't work, sometimes you can drip a little oil down the shaft and it will start working again.

The reason to have an on-board pump for each bike is rather simple. The time you get a flat, is always going to coincide with the time you forget the :#@$%^& pump on the other #@$%^& bike, by keeping a mini-pump mounted on each bike, you can't forget it
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I was about to post about the geometry of this bike - it doesn't look like the high seat/low bar arrangement of many road bikes, which causes me neck problems (besides being uncomfortable)...is this feature of the roubaix bikes?
Yes, the roubaix has a little more upright position. Reading reviews it is still a fast bike, but a little more comfortable. I know in the Trek line the Pilot series is suppose to have similar geometry.
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thanks. There's a couple of bikes I can add to my "maybe/someday" list.
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Old 08-02-08, 08:00 PM   #14
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How about some PICS!!! bike pron!! Anyways, nice find. FWIW, I roll on 120 psi, but I'm around 250
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In my opinion this is the best floor pump for the money. And its on sale for $24.99.

http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...0Floor%20Pumps
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Agreed, excellent pump. It beats the Bell pump in Wallyworld hands down.

Another good one is Wrench Force. Here's the Air Slim
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+1 on the Topeak Joe Blow Sport. I have it and it's a rock-solid pump and is very affordable.
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I was looking at the Topeak Joe Blow, but urgency won out. I purchased a Blackburn, because that is what the LBS had in stock.
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ecfinn it is a 62, i would prefer a tad smaller, but I'm going to change the stem to a little shorter and that should cover my concerns. I have been watching CL for awhile so they are rare to find.

A recap on my first ride. Some firsts I haven't ridden a rode bike any distance in over 25 years, first ride with a bike computer and clipless pedals. I've ridden with toe-clips and straps but not the clipless pedals.

I was all set to give some other points, but I have to put this disclaimer out there. The bike came with a computer that had a dead battery. I bought a new battery and installed it, it came on and worked. Later, when I got back from my ride (read after the fact) I realized the computer needed to be reset to the bike's tire size. The computer was set for 26 x 2.00 my tires are 700 x 23c. So when I give the following MPH and mileage, it is an approximation, but I don't have enough information to do the conversation.

Anyways I did 11.58 miles, on what level ground there was, mostly inclines around 3% with a headwind I tried to keep my speed at 15 MPH. I didn't realize how fast 15 mph was. It is nice having the computer so I don't overestimate my distance or speed, but the downside is pushing to maintain a higher speed.
At about 5 miles I turned for home when I saw a small hill (5-6% grade) I thought oh that hill looks short, I think it will allow me to miss a busy intersection. So I started up the hill, it leveled off in places but 2.98 miles later I crested the hill.

Should put this in the other thread about speed that makes you go wow. At one point I was doing 33 MPH?, and at that speed I didn't want to go any faster as I felt unsteady on the bike. Maybe with more time on the bike and fitting it better I will go faster. But, it does give me a reference point for you speed demons out there.
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I think the crash speed rating on ANY helmet is about 5MPH, same as the bumper on your car.
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I really hope you're kidding here. If not, let me show you something from May. I had a wee crash. If I hadn't been wearking one, I'd have been either dead or brain injured critically













Not to mention the traumatized hip. I was in a sling for a month for the most part, and on a cane for 2 weeks, and if I hadn't had the helmet, well, look at the damage to the foam core...that would have been the skull.

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