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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 08-03-08, 11:57 AM   #1
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My new ride

Bought a new bike yesterday. It is a Specialized Crosstrail. I had also tested a Specialized Sequoia and a Trek 7.3. The Crosstrail was the most comfortable ride out of the three. The Sequoia was the same size as the Crosstrail but the cockpit seemed really cramped for some reason-bothered my knees more than anything. I did love it's handle bars over the flat bar.

Went for a 8 mile round trip ride today. Couple things I noticed: After the first3 miles the thumbs started going numb and the palms just a tad sore. Maybe need different grips or a bar? The bike takes a little oomph to get rolling from a stop but I assume that's due to the big tires. Also noticed that with the left shifter at "2" and the right shifter at "7" that the chain jumps when starting from a dead stop. Maybe needs an adjustment or is it technique?

Over all-a very nice smooth ride! Going for another ride tonight after dinner. The bike is sweet!

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Old 08-03-08, 12:13 PM   #2
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Probably a "New Bike" adjustment gremlin.

Nice ride! As to the numbness in the thumgs, that kind of goes with flatbars. Get some bar ends and/or some Ergon grips and your hands will be a lot happier, and also get some padded gloves, they help too.

Also, relax your grip and shake the hands out every oonce in a while.
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Old 08-03-08, 01:01 PM   #3
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Nice! My friend and I were looking at those at the new Specialized dealer in town, he almost bought one yesterday....

I like that color, too!
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Old 08-03-08, 01:17 PM   #4
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Congrats on the new purchase!

Get a flat-kit ASAP... It sucks to have to do the walk of shame (carry your bike home) due to the inability to fix the flat.
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Old 08-03-08, 01:23 PM   #5
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I was about to ask if it was 29, but then I saw the tire casing! Look's nice-those swept handlebars look kind of cool. The grips already look a tad nicer than stock foam-maybe just adjusting your grip or your saddle forward a bit? Nice ride!
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Old 08-03-08, 01:46 PM   #6
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Thats the one problem with flat bars, limited/no alternate hand positions. Do a search on trekking bars, they can be bought from Nashbar for about $20 and fit right on to a bike like yours. Gives you as many positions as drop bars, while maintaining the upright positioning.
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Old 08-03-08, 04:34 PM   #7
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Looks like the bars are rotated forward and putting the grips at an odd angle. Try rotating them back some so that the grips are level.
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Old 08-04-08, 06:22 PM   #8
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Thanks guys! I think I'm gonna try some bar ends first. If that don't do the trick then I'll look into the trekkies.

Man I really like this bike! Went riding again last night, just a few miles, but it was nice! Blows my dads old GT out of the water. (regarding the GT, I'm keeping and will restore it. Hopefully it teaches me bike repair.)

I'll be grabbing some accessories this week: wireless Cateye, helmet, gloves, spare tube, lights and a small bag to put the repair stuff in so it'll be there if I need it. Any thoughts on a frame mounted pump?
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Old 08-04-08, 07:43 PM   #9
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I just purchased the Crosstrail sport last month and love it too. I would definately get the ergon grips, they helped me from my hands going numb too. I also had the stem and seat post swapped out for a more customized fit. I posted my pics here New Bike and ready to commute

I purchased a Onguard Bulldog lock, Topeak Alien 2 multi-tool, Cateye Stada wireless computer, spare tube and patch kit, and a tail light from Performance bikes all for under $110. I have an old pump, but will get a Topeak Morph a bit later.
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Old 08-04-08, 08:12 PM   #10
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Couple things I noticed: After the first3 miles the thumbs started going numb and the palms just a tad sore. Maybe need different grips or a bar? The bike takes a little oomph to get rolling from a stop but I assume that's due to the big tires. Also noticed that with the left shifter at "2" and the right shifter at "7" that the chain jumps when starting from a dead stop. Maybe needs an adjustment or is it technique?
Were you wearing gloves? If not, try some. Your weight and the gear you're in are a far bigger factor than the tires when starting. The chain shouldn't jump. The bike probably needs adjustment, but try starting in 2-4 or 2-5, instead, until you get it checked...it'll be easier, even.
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Old 08-22-08, 12:05 PM   #11
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I have the same problem, but -

I discovered that if I can reduce the amount of weight I am putting on my hands, the problem goes away. For this, you need to raise the handlebars. I put some L-bar ends on my bike and it worked great, raising the grip about 5". The only problem is that when you need to brake, you have to put your hands back on the handlebars. So now I am trying a new tactic - putting a steerer tube extender on the fork to raise it up about 2"; also, an adjustable stem that can be raised to almost vertical, and some higher-rise bars. This setup required some new cables (I don't have a Crosstrail - you might not need these), but the total bill was under $150. I now ride more upright and the weight is now more on my butt than on my hands. I am thinking about getting a cushier seat, now that it is carrying more weight - some good ergo grips and gel gloves also help.
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Old 08-22-08, 12:23 PM   #12
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Sweet bike!! Isn't fun when you love to get on your bike?!
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Old 08-22-08, 03:10 PM   #13
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I have a Specialized Globe hybrid and had the same issues with my hands. I bought some gloves last weekend and it helped alleviate alot of that.

I think I want to change the ergonimic grips out at some point and add some bar ends for some positioning choices, since I dont have the lower bar end option that road bike riders have.
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Old 08-22-08, 05:09 PM   #14
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Nice ride! As has been said...gloves, relaxed grip and change hand positions helps with flat bars. Bar ends are very nice because they also get the wrist in a different position too.

Before I got bar ends, I would occasionally switch to having my pinkies and thumbs under the grips and middle 3 fingers on top of the grips (if that makes sense) and that put the pressure on a different area for a while. Whatever you can do to change up the hand positioning along the ride will help.
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Old 08-22-08, 10:45 PM   #15
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Now that's a nice looking bike. I like that Specialized didn't turn it into a billboard with over the top graphics.

I think accessories have been covered well, but if you are just going to get ONE thing, get a helmet, followed closely by a patch kit/tool kit.
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