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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 02-09-09, 08:53 PM   #1
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Ride 65 & 66

Ok had a great weekend with the new guy... We went riding on one of my favorite rides in Palmetto GA...Silk Sheets. We rode for 25 miles, which the new guy thougth was a much better distance than what i subjected him to the week before (55 miles with a group ride). We rode out and had fun riding along and talking!

Sunday was ride 66 - another 25 miles or so. We did another favorite riding area - thoguh I had been to it twice , but it was his stomping ground..so he felt much more comfortable. We rode the area called Beautiful Backroads (Since there's a charioty ride called Beautiful Backroads Century). Did about 25 miles...and had a great time. The weather was incredible - 25 miles. I think the new guy is getting back into the riding..He now wants to buy a better bike. His bike weighs a bazillion punds..so if he gets a lighter bike (his is likely 30 pounds!) I believe he will be kicking my butt in no time.

So any recommendations for him for a new bike... He is not that agressive a rider and will likely be about my level... a few centuries a year ...bunch of metric centuries and likely 50-100 miles a weekend...

Maybe spend between 1000-$1500...He's about 5'11 maybe...not too heavy... not a skinny guy though - maybe 200 pounds?

Any ideas for bikes?
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Old 02-09-09, 08:58 PM   #2
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Thank you 10wheels
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So any recommendations for him for a new bike... He is not that agressive a rider and will likely be about my level... a few centuries a year ...bunch of metric centuries and likely 50-100 miles a weekend...

Maybe spend between 1000-$1500...He's about 5'11 maybe...not too heavy... not a skinny guy though - maybe 200 pounds?

Any ideas for bikes?
I don't have any specific suggestions as there so many excellent bikes out there. This IS however a good time to see if you can still get some New Old Stock bikes. I got a very nice deal last year on my '06 LeMond as the store was eager to get it out of the show room. It helped that I was on tall side (6' 2.5" as virtually all the NOS bikes were of the larger frame sizes). If I'd gotten the 2008 Buenos Aires, the bike would have cost nearly $1000 more and a few of the components were actually down graded slightly. $1400 was hard enough to get passed the wife... there was NO WAY I could justify spending over $2000. As long as you get a shiny new bike who cares if it had last years (or before) color scheme?

Good luck... this may be one of the few shopping experiences you both enjoy.

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wow, your friend sounds pretty much exactly like me (though he is an inch taller) and I was looking into the TREK 2.1 ($1,300)
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