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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 02-06-09, 11:12 AM   #1
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New Clyde Surly Cross Check

Hi all!
I've just come across this excellent forum after searching the intenret in search of a new bike.
I'm well and truly into the clyde category, and I think its awesome that there is a forum dedicated to larger than average riders!
I've just booked a holiday to go to Florida (I'm based in London, UK) and I want to be in the best shape possible for my holiday. It's in May,so have about 12-13 weeks to get into shape.
I'm currently 320 or so, and would love to lose maybe 25lbs before I go away, if not losing weight, then changing my shape drmatically.
I've always loved road bikes, but never thought they would be able to sustain my ample proportions, but it looks like I was wrong!
I've found a Surly Cross Check on eBay, but being a total newbie, I'm not sure whether or not the spec is much. Here is the AD:
She's a 58cm C-T and is equipped with campagnolo veloce running gear, campagnolo khamsin wheels and avid shorty 4 cantilevers. Meticulously maintained she's in fine condition.
The thing I noticed straight off of the bat is the wheels are only 24 spoke, so if I decide to put in a bid, I will replace these with 36+ spoke wheels straight away.

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Matt
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Old 02-06-09, 01:54 PM   #2
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I have never ever heard a bad thing said about a cross-check. Sweet bikes!
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Old 02-06-09, 02:31 PM   #3
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Will the bike fit? If the size is proper than I see no reason not to put a bid in on the bike. You can try the 24 spoke wheels, and if you have a problem upgrade then.
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Well, I have a 34" (84cm) inseam, and the frame is a 22" (58cm) from the reading I've done so far, it looks like that size is right on the money?
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I have a cross check and it is a great bike, very smooth ride and will be more than sturdy enough for you.. Make sure you follow the rule of buying 1 size smaller than normal.. I ride a 60cm road bike but a 58cm crosscheck fits the same.. The crosscheck is designed to have a higher bb so that is why you need a smaller frame..

The best part of the crosscheck is that you can use 130 or 135mm hubsets, since the rear triangle is 132.5.. I built up a set of touring wheels with XT hubs / 36 hole open pro wheels for a very sturdy wheelset for offroad and light touring..

I would definitely not use the khamsin wheelset that comes with the bike, they would not be robust enough for you.. I would check and see if the bike is campy 9 or 10 speed? It is easily worth 400 sterling as it is built.

I have the same inseam length as you and ride a 58cm and it is a spot on fit..

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Old 02-06-09, 05:24 PM   #6
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It's advertised with 18 speeds, so I'm assuming a 9 speed casette
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I saw the ad, still a good deal with 9 speed..
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Hi, I'm 6'4 and 290 on a very similar crosscheck 62 with Campy Veloce/Mirage 9 speed set up on ambrosio wheel set. Great bike very happy. Juts got a Brooks Flyer now just about perfect
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Old 02-07-09, 05:21 PM   #9
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I have a cross check too ... great bike, built like a tank. I have beefier wheels, probably overkill (phil wood hubs 48 spoke rear 40 spoke front). I'm about 260.
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