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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 09-17-08, 12:55 PM   #1
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Reaching the destination - I failed:(

I decided to search for new biking roads today. The plan was to make it to Warrenton, VA (10 miles from our place) and take Old Waterloo Road - it copies 211 - to Leads Manor Road, than up to Orlean and make some kind of a nice easy Virginia sight tour circle and go back. I am rather stubborn about my destinations too.
After week of local runs on my Scrapbike and hauling cargo the carbon bike felt like feather and myself like 20 years old. You know the feeling when heart pumps and legs move and it is not hot or cold and you fly like bat from he!!? Weeell that was me this morning.
Made it to Warrenton, stopped for coffee and went on. Beautiful countryside, I was really enjoying the ride. When I reached Leads Manor, suddenly there is a sound like bow string twang. I knew right away it can not be good. Well it wasn't One spoke from the rear wheel decided enough is enough and supporting my 230 pounds is just too much and gave in. The wheel made a small bump, big enough to touch the frame on each pass. I had some tools, but no spokes - the only thing to do was to take off brake blocks and mess with the rest of the spokes for the wheel to clear the frame. That eventually worked and with only front brake and just like hedgehogs make love (very, very, very carefully) I biked 8 miles back to Warrenton to LBS. LBS sold me used-but-new-for-me-and-stronger wheel and I made it home without another problem.

From planned and possible 60 or 70 miles today, it was only 40

Conclusion? I got lucky, it could have been hard fall too. In the future I am gonna upgrade front wheel, but I hope I will make it to Orlean sometime next week, it really is a good area for cycling.
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Old 09-17-08, 01:35 PM   #2
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I don't call that Fail - I call that good luck it didn't happen when you were further away!
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Old 09-17-08, 02:52 PM   #3
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You made it home and learned a lesson. Wasn't a complete fail.
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I call it good luck that you weren't flying down a mountain when the spoke broke.
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Sorry you didn't make it this time, but keep at it. I've done the loop from Marshall-Warrenton-Orlean-Hume and back a few times, and it's a very nice ride.
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Your bike failed -- not you.
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Having mechanicals is a part of cycling, it has nothing to do with being a clyde...
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Old 09-20-08, 05:59 AM   #8
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That's the best way to look at it
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Ya done good with what you had.
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