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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 08-21-08, 07:12 PM   #26
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Dude, Bontrager wheels on a S Works? That's just wrong!

So ya, when you switch, let me know, I can find a good home for them, lol.

It is looking too cool. It's gonna be smoking when you're done.
Yeah yeah.... I know, it was so hard to pass these wheels up. My buddy gave them to me for $350... bontrager race x lites, those retail for $900+ and weigh only 1550g.
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Yeah yeah.... I know, it was so hard to pass these wheels up. My buddy gave them to me for $350... bontrager race x lites, those retail for $900+ and weigh only 1550g.
Just say three Hail Lances, and all will be forgiven.

I gotta find an alternative to my tubulars, I live in fear of flats, lol. My solution to keeping my Hope hubs is to rebuild, but I'm cheap. That being said, the price of a back up TUFO is just ridiculous.

I'm not yet caught up in the weight weenie game, I figure I can drop more of a percentage of ride weight in a week than all the $$$$ in the world can do for a 15 lb wonder bike. Weight Weenies would kill to have that much loss.
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Just say three Hail Lances, and all will be forgiven.

I gotta find an alternative to my tubulars, I live in fear of flats, lol. My solution to keeping my Hope hubs is to rebuild, but I'm cheap. That being said, the price of a back up TUFO is just ridiculous.

I'm not yet caught up in the weight weenie game, I figure I can drop more of a percentage of ride weight in a week than all the $$$$ in the world can do for a 15 lb wonder bike. Weight Weenies would kill to have that much loss.
Hail Lance! Hail Lance! Heeeiiiillllllllll Lance!!!!

That's the thing about Clydes... we can lose more weight than a weight weenie can ever dream of spending thousands of dollars to lose.

Then eventually we become weight weenies.
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Hail Lance! Hail Lance! Heeeiiiillllllllll Lance!!!!

That's the thing about Clydes... we can lose more weight than a weight weenie can ever dream of spending thousands of dollars to lose.

Then eventually we become weight weenies.
Shhh, so long as we don't actually say it, it's not real, lol.

It does crack me up to hear guys talk about trimming grams from their bike, and the powers of 10 in dollars it takes to get there.

I have a couple, ok several, vintage bikes that I might undertake some remdial weight loss measures on. It's not really much of a challenge when the bike weighs 27 lbs to start, lol. I do have one that will soon be sub 20 with my new spiffy CF fork I have for it.
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nice looking build, but oh the world champ colors.....that could be a lot to live up to . later.
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Old 08-23-08, 10:32 PM   #31
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Thanks for the props, as you can see from the last picture the bike is at the LBS... the build will be done this friday (8/29)
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Looks good. I'm interested to see the finished build.
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Old 08-28-08, 09:36 PM   #33
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She's home today, pictures to come tomorrow. New thread created in commemoration:

She finally made it home...
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All I have to say about the Road Cycling forum - now you know .
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Heh, yeah... jealous little babies.
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Last time I spent over $5K for a bike, it had Suzuki decals, a V-twin motor and required no pedaling whatsover, lol.

But I must say, beautiful looking road bike
If you ever decide to sell those Bontrager wheels, let me know.
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Last time I spent over $5K for a bike, it had Suzuki decals, a V-twin motor and required no pedaling whatsover, lol.

But I must say, beautiful looking road bike
If you ever decide to sell those Bontrager wheels, let me know.
Where's the fun in that?

Thanks man, i'll keep you in mind if I want to get rid of the Bonty wheels.
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All I have to say about the Road Cycling forum - now you know .
Yeah, the Roadies are entertaining in their own right. A lot like Saturday morning cartoons sometimes.

The only thing Kareem's bike needs to be perfect is lots and lots of happy miles.
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Heh, yeah... jealous little babies.
+1000

That's so true, and so evident. I say bravo, and heck man, I paid MSRP for my Surly when I bought it. Why? I dig my shop, and as such they've been very good to me in return. If you add up all the freebies they threw in when I bought it, and parts/labor on other stuff - I've gotten about $200 in "free" stuff.

Also, I really dig that bike. I love Specialized, them and Surly are two of my three favorite brands (Salsa being the other), and when I buy a roadie it'll be a Allez, Roubiax or Tarmac. Although I've told people I'm danged tempted to build up a Surly Pacer with Ultegra SL, barends, Deep-V's, carbon bars, then go lay some steel smackdown on the carbon committee (present company excluded, of course). My wife, OTOH, likes the MSRP of the Allez a whole lot better .

Anyway, just ride it, AND TELL US ABOUT IT! Us married guys have to live vicariously through you. Too bad when I was rich and single all I bought was computers, beer, and more beer!
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Yeah, the Roadies are entertaining in their own right. A lot like Saturday morning cartoons sometimes.

The only thing Kareem's bike needs to be perfect is lots and lots of happy miles.
..and some Roval wheels. Have you seen those things in person? They're *gorgeous*, one of my LBS's has a high-end Tarmac with them, and the thing just drips "speed". The Cervelo crew may scoff, but they can scoff at my hind end as I pass 'em (which already happens with my 40 pound steel touring steed...).
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Thanks bdinger, i'll be sure to post a ride report as soon as I get back from my maiden voyage.
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..and some Roval wheels. Have you seen those things in person? They're *gorgeous*, one of my LBS's has a high-end Tarmac with them, and the thing just drips "speed". The Cervelo crew may scoff, but they can scoff at my hind end as I pass 'em (which already happens with my 40 pound steel touring steed...).

Yea, I drool over them from time to time. Wheels are an interesting sub species in bikeology. For the most part, I seem to be stuck in the lesser evolved, yet functional, end of the spectrum.

I really really want to learn to build my own wheels. It's sort of the last frontier, yet to be conquered, on my cycling odyssey.

It will be a sad day when Kareem gets the wheels of his dreams. They are pretty much the only thing to bust on in good fun, and even then it's a reach, lol. Until that day comes though, GAME ON

I have one kid left to get through school, then I'm going to have to seriously consider treating Daddy to a dream bike. Until then, I'll have to live vicariously though the guys who have them already and enjoy the show. I guess if I sold my vintage stuff I could get a fairly nice mid level bike, but then I would only have one bike. I just don't see what fun that would be, lol. Steal is Real, after all.
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Gratz on a fun ride kareem. Enjoy it and report back to us!

Let the 12 year olds in the other folder have their fun. Eventually their ritialin will kick in and they'll go back to watching sponge bob and leave your thread alone.

Unless you want to feed the trolls, then I'd find a set of "high end" rims on walmart.com and photoshop them in and repost pics.
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Gratz on a fun ride kareem. Enjoy it and report back to us!

Let the 12 year olds in the other folder have their fun. Eventually their ritialin will kick in and they'll go back to watching sponge bob and leave your thread alone.

Unless you want to feed the trolls, then I'd find a set of "high end" rims on walmart.com and photoshop them in and repost pics.
I was half thinking to build a set of beater wheels (cheapo, bargain basement components) and sticking them on the bike and calling it my "high end" wheelset just to see how the kids in the other forum react to it.
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I was half thinking to build a set of beater wheels (cheapo, bargain basement components) and sticking them on the bike and calling it my "high end" wheelset just to see how the kids in the other forum react to it.

If we were lived closer I would donate my touring wheels, all 40 spokes worth, for a killer photo op. The Mavic rims might be point deduction for excessive bling, but the size 32 tires more than make up for it, lol.
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Old 08-31-08, 10:41 AM   #46
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Hopefully that someday will be soon. As soon as I get my hands on an Ultegra SL kit.

I'm ticked off from Trek because it was a Trek DEALER which screwed me over, in essence souring my experience with Trek in general. If Trek does not hold ALL their dealers to a certain standard, why do they deserve my hard earned dollars?
Um, because they are dealers, and not owned by Trek themselves? You, and at least one other Trek-basher here, should really get over your anger and move on. Or do you think all Specialized dealers do everything perfectly?
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^^^+1

The way people bash Trek around here, I'd swear somebody's getting paid-off by Specialized. Crazy. It's just a frame...typically it's all the other stuff that goes bad/gives headaches.
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The way people bash Trek around here, I'd swear somebody's getting paid-off by Specialized. Crazy. It's just a frame...typically it's all the other stuff that goes bad/gives headaches.
Should I bring up the story of my bike shop, a Trek dealer, submitting a Specialized warranty claim because the local Specialized dealer refused to?
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Um, because they are dealers, and not owned by Trek themselves? You, and at least one other Trek-basher here, should really get over your anger and move on. Or do you think all Specialized dealers do everything perfectly?
I think he also had problems with Trek itself not coming to bat for him. Sounded like, all around, someone treated badly on a particular transaction. Then again, this is only one side.

From my experience, Trek was great about warranty claims. They paid for a wheel that busted and a frame that busted, I can't really bash them. Sure, I wasn't happy about it at the time, but I found myself oddly drawn to the Trek roadies when I was at the LBS today. They may break, but they stand behind their warranty.

My Specialized I love, but I found that their warranty isn't so hot. I didn't bash them about it, but the rear rim on my Hardrock is coming apart and I got the "we sell new ones, here's a part number" response. I didn't bash them because the bike has 3,000 hard miles and two and a half hard years under it's belt, I can't really claim foul.

I'd buy either again, now that I'm over my grumpiness that was last year . A bike is a bike is a bike.
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Me, I take the Buffet approach. I like Specialized's frames a lot! I love their geometry as it seems to match my physiology perfectly. The stock wheels on ANY bike below the $2000-3000.00 price point are going to be not so hot, so I put on custom hand built wheels. Saddles are also very personal and again, below that $2000 price point, you're going to get just enough saddle to sell the bike.
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