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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 08-19-08, 06:55 PM   #26
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Ok, so a touring bike is basicly an upgrade from my Hybrid, but not really built for speed trails. I can live with that. I have more hills around here anyways.

BTW, what are brifters?

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That's about right. They're also a bit heavier.

Brifters are shifters that are integrated with the brake levers. Racers like them because they can shift without moving their hands, which probably saves them some time. Traditionally, road bikes have had the shift levers on the down tube, or at the bar ends, or (low endish bike-boom 10 speeds) on the stem.
The LHT comes with bar-end shifters if you buy the complete one; the frame has bosses for down tubes.

Brifters have some disadvantages, particularly for tourers. They're expensive, and they can be fiddly to get to work right. If you bend a derailleur you're pretty well screwed; most bar end or down tube levers can be used in friction mode, where the distance you move the lever controls how far the derailleur moves -- no click to tell you you're in the right place. That means you can shift even when somethings bent or damaged. You also can only change single cog at a time with brifters. With levers, you can shift as many as you'd like. that's handy if you misjudge a hill, and find you need to get a much lower gear, or to downshift three gears at a stop sign.

Most people can get used to any of these systems.
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Old 08-20-08, 03:32 PM   #27
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I rode a couple of nice bikes today. The winner so far is a 2006 or 2007 (Brand New Left Over) Schwinn World Class. Nice, light bike with a carbon seat post and the relaxed fit that I really like. It has disc brakes and Shimano 105 gearing. I think its more of the touring bike, be it is as light as any roadie I picked up or rode. It has deriffters, two sets of brakes also.Has anyone rode one or have anything to say about them?Jerry
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Old 08-20-08, 07:42 PM   #28
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The OCR is Giant's "relaxed" geometry road bike. In the Cannondale line, the Synapse is probably the equivalent. For Specialized, you'd probably want to look at the Roubaix. Trek's model line-up is so confusing, I'm not sure what you'd need; your LBS should know, however.

Edit: It looks like maybe Trek's Pilot bikes are equivalent to the OCR.
Unfortunately Trek is discontinuing the Pilot lineup for '09. Good luck finding an '08.
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Old 08-20-08, 07:57 PM   #29
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Hey Dude, there is an 2005, OCR-3 (red) in St. Peters, MO (west of STL) on eBay that is at $200 right now with two days left to go and is "Local Pickup Only". That should limit bidding.

http://cgi.ebay.com/OCR-3-Giant-Road-Bike-Very-Good-Condition_W0QQitemZ300250741178QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item300250741178&_trkparms=72%3A552|39%3A1|66%3A2 |65%3A12|240%3A1318&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14


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Old 08-20-08, 08:16 PM   #30
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Damn, its a meduim frame! I need a large one.

Thanks Jay
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