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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 10-23-08, 03:37 PM   #1
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can my frame/wheels handle weight

Trying to come back to riding after a long recovery. I gained a lot of weight during my downtime(presently 240#). Would like to start back by taking slow rides on my Specialized Roubaix Comp(all carbon frame) with Rol wheels but am concerned that the frame/wheels will not carry my weight. I've really got to lose this weight before I have both knees replaced and my doctor says it would be best if I could get back to my old weight of 180 lbs. before we schedule the first knee. The roads I ride on are rural chip n' seal and are fairly smooth with decent shoulders. I will encounter the occasional cattle grate but will stand on pedals like I use to to help on stress on the frame /wheels when I hit the grate.
Can I assume that this frame is over engineered and if so enough to carry my weight?
Anybody happen to know the specs on this bike re:weight?
I will try to contact Rol and ask about weight limits on this wheelset. If answer is no, I will switch out to another wheelset that will carry my weight but my main concern is the frame.
Thanks in advance for any thoughts,suggestions.
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Old 10-23-08, 07:10 PM   #2
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Your frame is not a concern. It will handle 240 with no problems.

What are the front and rear spoke counts on your wheels? Ideally the lowest spoke count I would go would be 24 front and 28 back, but with proper tensioning a 24 rear has a good chance of holding up.

Best of luck on your efforts and getting ready for a knee replacements. My doc keeps telling me one is in my future but I'm doing all I can to delay that for as long as I can.

Are you in the flat part of the state or the more moutaionous? Serious climbing might not be your friend if your knees are shot.........
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Old 10-24-08, 11:34 AM   #3
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Your frame is not a concern. It will handle 240 with no problems.

What are the front and rear spoke counts on your wheels? Ideally the lowest spoke count I would go would be 24 front and 28 back, but with proper tensioning a 24 rear has a good chance of holding up.

Best of luck on your efforts and getting ready for a knee replacements. My doc keeps telling me one is in my future but I'm doing all I can to delay that for as long as I can.

Are you in the flat part of the state or the more moutaionous? Serious climbing might not be your friend if your knees are shot.........
Thanks for the reassurance, I kinda thought that the frame would be ok. Yeah I'm gonna have to go to stronger wheels. I believe the ones I have are 20 front, 24 rear. Will check when we go down to the house this weekend. Have lived past 10 yrs. on rez(staff housing) and yes very hilly with the occasional mountain thrown in. I did however two years ago *******ize my bike to accommodate my knees by changing out the rear cassette to a mtn. xt 11-32 cassette and a mtn. xt long cage rear derailler. Left the front triple stock. Back when I could ride I could grind out a fairly steep hill junk knees and all with this set-up albeit at the pace of a garden slug. Gonna start out riding on very flat surfaces at the house. Hwy. 70 out of Alamogordo N.M. towards White Sands is flat enough that I think you could place a level on it and find the bubble centered.
Anyway thanks again for your input and I agree wait as long as you can on the knee. Their life span at this stage of development I understand is about 10-15 years and if/when you have to go back and replace the prosnosis is not as good.
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I'd go with 32 spoke Deep V's, personally. I think you'll be very happy with them.
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Just ride the bike and see what happens. I am still trying to figure out how people are breaking spokes. I have weighed from 195-240LBS and logged between 150-250 miles a week and not once have I ever broken a spoke. I rode some cheap Ritchey Wheels when I was about 195LBS, rode Kysrium SL's at about 195-200LBS and now in my new weightloss program I am riding some Bontrager X Lites.

I have ridden thousands of miles hit hundreds of potholes and still have not broken a spoke. What are you guys doing? Jumping curbs or deliberately running into objects?

My advice is to ride the and then see what happens...I just started riding about (again after a 3 year lay-off) 2 months ago after I tipped the scales at 240LBS. I am currently down to 225LBS but no broken spokes yet... Just ride
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Just ride the bike and see what happens. I am still trying to figure out how people are breaking spokes. I have weighed from 195-240LBS and logged between 150-250 miles a week and not once have I ever broken a spoke. I rode some cheap Ritchey Wheels when I was about 195LBS, rode Kysrium SL's at about 195-200LBS and now in my new weightloss program I am riding some Bontrager X Lites.

I have ridden thousands of miles hit hundreds of potholes and still have not broken a spoke. What are you guys doing? Jumping curbs or deliberately running into objects?

My advice is to ride the and then see what happens...I just started riding about (again after a 3 year lay-off) 2 months ago after I tipped the scales at 240LBS. I am currently down to 225LBS but no broken spokes yet... Just ride
I've been 235 to 262 pounds and never busted a spoke, even when I was jumping stairs and hopping curbs all the time. I've never ridden anything more than a 32 spoke rim. The key is to keep the wheels properly tensioned. One loose spoke leads to breakage, and then more and more broken spokes if you don't check the tension on the whole wheel when you replace the busted one.
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You can certainly try your existing wheels. Having 20 up front doesn't really worry to much if your not riding though craters. As I mentioned in my first post, 24 in the back, with proper tensioning, might work as well.

I'm 240 and have a new set of wheels that were just too good of a deal as take offs on a new bike and they are 24 spokes. I haven't ridden them yet though.
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Thanks to all that replied. Rode this weekend and everything felt O.K. Only rode about 5 miles but sure felt good to be back in the saddle again. Wheels did fine, am going to take the bike in for a checkup and spoke tensioning. I agree just ride on 'em and if they start to fail I'll switch back to the stock Kysrium elites and run those. Again thanks.
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