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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 10-11-08, 08:56 AM   #1
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From hybrid to more of a road bike

I am presently riding a Trek 7200. Nice bike but I have the itch to buy a bike with less MTB features (suspension fork, suspension seat tube) and a bit faster.

I also would like a bike that allows me to have a seating position that is less upright and difficult to ride into the wind (I am like a huge sail into the wind - 304lbs - 5'11"). I do not want a radical position but something a bit more aerodynamic.

I have been looking at the Trek FX7.3 and the Specialized Sequoia.

Please give me some opinions and thoughts.

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Old 10-11-08, 09:11 AM   #2
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I am presently riding a Trek 7200. Nice bike but I have the itch to buy a bike with less MTB features (suspension fork, suspension seat tube) and a bit faster.

I also would like a bike that allows me to have a seating position that is less upright and difficult to ride into the wind (I am like a huge sail into the wind - 304lbs - 5'11"). I do not want a radical position but something a bit more aerodynamic.

I have been looking at the Trek FX7.3 and the Specialized Sequoia.

Please give me some opinions and thoughts.

Thanks
Those are definitely two different bikes Some others to look at are the Trek 520, a touring bike (more upright then most road bikes). Cannondale Synapse, Road warrior or T2 are all good bikes to look at. Ride a whole bunch of bikes before you decide. And just don't stick to Trek, Giant, Specialized. Jamis, Rocky Mountain, Fuji and others are have good bikes to look at.
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Old 10-11-08, 09:22 AM   #3
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I was looking very hungrily at the Salsa Casseroll. "Realaxed road geometry", sort of like a touring bike, STI shifters, room for 32mm tires and mudguards...nice paintjob too if you ask me. Would have to get one if I didn't already own a touring bike :-)
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If you're looking for more of a road bike than hybrid then here's a selection I think you might find interesting. They're mostly cyclocross bikes with disc brakes but there are a few touring bikes in there as well.

drop bar, discbrake, 700c, off the peg

trek portland - http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...land/portland/

cannondale cross xr7 - http://www.cannondale.com/bikes/08/c...del-8XR7C.html

Brodie Ronin '08 - http://www.brodiebikes.com/2008/2008_bikes/ronin.php
Brodie romax '07 - http://www.brodiebikes.com/2007/2007_bikes/romax.php
brodie ronin '07 - http://www.brodiebikes.com/2007/2007_bikes/ronin.php

lemond poprad disc - http://www.lemondbikes.com/bikes/cross/poprad_disc.php (link no longer works)

rocky mountain solo cxd - http://www.bikes.com/main+en+01_102+...tml?BIKE=606#2

kona sutra - http://www.konaworld.com/08_sutra_w.htm
Kona Sutra - http://www.konaworld.com/09_sutra_en.cfm
Kona Dew Drop - http://www.konaworld.com/09_dewdrop_en.cfm

orbea diem drop disc - http://www.orbea.com/ingles/interior...ilia=6&gama=13
Orbea Diem Drop Disc (2009?) - http://www.orbea.com/es-es/productos...icicletas.aspx (see road bikes > fitness)

focus cross disc - http://www.focusbikesuk.com/focuscyc...cross_disc.php
focus mares disc 2009 - http://www.focusbikesuk.com/focuscyc...mares_disc.php

devinci caribou2 - http://www.devinci.com/
Devinci Caribou2 (2009) - http://www.devinci.com/11628_an.html

raleighusa sojourn - http://www.raleighusa.com/
Raleigh USA Sojourn (2009) - http://www.raleighusa.com/bikes/road/sojourn/

rei novara element - http://www.rei.com/product/744808 (sold out?)

co-motion mazama - http://www.co-motion.com/mazama.html (link broken)

rotwild rs1cx - http://www.rotwild.de/en/ (street bikes section)

fixie inc. pureblood - http://www.cycles-for-heroes.com/200...pureblood.html

Salsa la Cruz - http://www.salsacycles.com/laCruzComp08.html
Salsa Fargo - http://www.salsacycles.com/fargoComp09.html

Opus Sentiero - http://opusbike.com/site_route.php?lang=en (see 2009 bikes > road > cyclocross)

Genesis Croix de Fer - http://www.genesisbikes.co.uk/series/croix_de_fer
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Old 10-11-08, 04:11 PM   #5
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I was looking very hungrily at the Salsa Casseroll. "Realaxed road geometry", sort of like a touring bike, STI shifters, room for 32mm tires and mudguards...nice paintjob too if you ask me. Would have to get one if I didn't already own a touring bike :-)
I have a touring bike (lht), and a custom casseroll. Love them both, hard to say which one I'll ride on a given day (no racks on the casseroll yet, so if I need to haul things, the lht wins)
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I went from a hybrid to a Sequoia...loving every minute of it. Just got back from a quick 10.
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Old 10-11-08, 06:29 PM   #7
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Budget?

Just FYI, I am also a Clydesdale and ride a Gunnar Sport. Don't
test ride one. I did. Now I own it.
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Old 10-11-08, 08:28 PM   #8
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I was in much the same position. I spent the summer riding a Trek 7300 and after completing a few centuries on it I found myself looking for a road bike.

I opted for the Salsa Casseroll. It's croMoly and is somewhat lighter than the LHT and other purpose built touring bikes like the Trek 520. I like the fact that it came built with full 105 group, including STI shifters instead of bar ends, 10 speed cassette, 700 x 32 (mine is a 55 cm frame. Smaller frames have 650's, I think) and fenders. Salsa has been making rims and skewers for a while, and the Casseroll is built with Salsa rims laced to Tiagra hubs with DT Swiss spokes.

Another big plus is that Salsa ships the bike with the steerer tube uncut. This means that the LBS where you order it can pretty much fit the riding position to your specific need. The mechanic/fitter where I bought mine suggested that after a while I could have him change the position by moving some of the spacers from under the stem to on top of it. Very versatile.

I added a small handle bar bag and a couple of fenix l2d lcd lights. I'm scheduled to take it on its maiden metric century tomorrow.

Sorry for the shameless plug, but I just LOVE this bike. One of the coolest things is that you are not likely to see too many of them on your next group ride. The exclusivity factor is worth something, too

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Old 10-11-08, 09:13 PM   #9
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An older rigid mountain bike would get you half way there, particularly if you add trekking bars. And they can be found around here on C/L just about every day, for $100 +/-. I converted this $75 Trek 950 (C/L) to a road bike with the addition of slick tires and trekking handlebars.

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Old 10-11-08, 09:31 PM   #10
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That is a awesome rig!!!!

I think in the end Ill end up with something like what wrk101 has built up, it too is nice!!!
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