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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 08-09-08, 07:33 PM   #1
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Good Heavy street bike for Clyde male

HI,
My mountain bike is great for training the body to go, I have the itch for a nice street bike,
my LBS man is pointing me at a Specialized bike that has some very strong axles and wheels that are made for big boys. Its not a hybrid, its a street bike.the bike is around 2,200.
I believe the spokes go into flanges that are off set in a way to allow the spoke to be straight.
I have been looking for this type of wheel on line I dont see the bike at the specialized web page.
I wish I was more literate on bikes. I may wait a few more months and look for a end of the year sale.
I do like to save money...
Doug.
I am 6ft 2in weigh 255lbs so i need a good frame too. i love those clipless crankbrother pedals..

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Old 08-09-08, 07:43 PM   #2
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What you're looking at are called "straight-pull" spokes. The theory is that without the bend, the spoke can be stronger, which means higher tensions, which is supposed to mean a stronger wheel. It's an everything old is new again idea, that gets reinvented every fifteen or twenty years for the last 120 years. There may, or may not be, advantages to straight pull spokes. There are certainly disadvantages, chief among them cost, and they're mostly racing designs (so light weight, with less load-carrying capacity, and very few choices in rims and hubs. 255 isn't really that much, and there are any number of road bikes that can carry that.
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Old 08-09-08, 07:57 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply

HI,
That explains the wheel,and why he's pushing it on the new guy, who don't know better.
May go to another shop now.
Doug
I saw some neat looking treks what is a good trek street riding bike for big guys,
Doug

looks like this wheel

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Old 08-09-08, 08:08 PM   #4
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What's the bike for? What's the budget?

My first impulse is to suggest a Surly LHT Complete. It is designed to
take a load, it's a rugged touring bike and makes a great commuter.

But it could be you want a performance oriented road bike. If that's the case,
I'd suggest at the time of sale changing the wheels. They'll give you credit towards
the new ones. I found the Mavic CXP33 rims bombproof, and matched with a Shimano hub you will have no problems.
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Old 08-09-08, 09:09 PM   #5
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Haha! Low spoke count wheels made for big boys?

Any other shops around?

You need wheels liek these. Front is a Mavic CXP33 with 32 spokes. I use it on the front, some like them in the rear too.

I prefer a Velocity Deep V in the rear. 32 spokes. Higher profile, heavier but very strong.

I had wheels like those you posted. I got 4,000 miles out of them at 220-245lbs.

My other training bike has the Deep V in the front and rear. I have 15,000 miles on them, with no problems, same body weight.



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Old 08-11-08, 08:24 PM   #6
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So, other than the Surly, are there any street bikes for Clydes that do not require replacing parts?
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Old 08-11-08, 08:47 PM   #7
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I weigh in at 260 and I ride a Trek Madone 6.5 which is an absolutely great road bike.
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bike for heavy rider

I was a mt biker for many years and decided I needed a road bike to ride some bike tours. I purchased a Trek Portland and broke two spokes in the rear wheel (different times). I am gentle on components so when the last spoke broke after a downhill at 27mph I returned the bike to the shop and they built me up a Surly Crosscheck with 36 hole Salas Delgado wheels with shimano 105 hubs and a 700 x 35cc tire with a max pressure of 85psi. This bike is bullet proof and my weight is 275# without riding gear.

I also have been riding the same 1992 Specialized M2 pro with shimano XT and sun ryno lite wheels built on xt 36 h hubs. I did a 52 mile road ride on the specialized this weekend. My idea is go with what has been proven rather what "looks" like it can go fast.
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I did a 52 mile road ride on the specialized this weekend. My idea is go with what has been proven rather what "looks" like it can go fast.
That's what I say. I did 23 centuries in 2005 on my Deep V's and now have 15,000 troublefree miles on 'em. Who cares that they don't go fast!
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My best advice is to get a really good fit, check the fitwerx site and see what they do. I went with a titanium road frame, I'm 6'4" and was 250 now 225. I ride over 100 miles a week and enjoy group riding. One of the perks for the titanium is that it isn't painted, so a good wipe and it looks new. The fitting should be dynamic and take into account what kind of riding you will be doing. A good steel frame is very forgiving and makes much less dent in the wallet. I don't trust carbon at my size, my seatpost is carbon and it talks to me every time I press. I have a hybrid and mt, bike also, The hybrid I use when I ride with the kids or wife on the road but rarely go more than 15 miles with it at more than 15 mph, it's bullet proof and I spent less than $600 on it.
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If you are price concious, I bought a specialized flatbar roadbike for less than $600. I am pushing 270lbs. Got almost 500 miles on it and no problems at all. Is a little cheaper, but the specialized tech rep (at the factory) said the bike was designed for up to 350lbs.
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Almost any road bike will do. There are weight restrictions on certain all-carbon frames and certain low spoke count wheels. A 32 spoke wheel should be plenty strong for you and most any frame should as well. I'm 250-260 and about to buy a carbon/aluminum frame and I'm not worried about it one bit.
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I'm 250, I ride alumnium (Cannondale) and Steel (Reynolds 753, 531, and Tange 1) and my only consideration is at least 32 spokes. Haven't had one collapse yet.

As stated, just get a good set of wheels and get what ever bike speaks to you that's within your Shwab/Bling budget.
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The Surley LHT was allready mentioned. There are several other touring bikes that are designed with carrying some weight in mind. No reason to replace parts to make it stronger. I narrowed my choice to the Surley, Trek 520, and Novara Randonee. I picked the Novara, but any of those would have made me happy. There are other brands that make fine touring bikes too.
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