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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 03-24-09, 01:25 PM   #1
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Behold, The Power of Craigslist

To the nay sayers and the impatient who insist nothing worthwhile comes up on craigslist for next to nothing I present you my newest ride "Name Pending":



"Name Pending" is a 2004 Specialized Hardrock XC. A fairly basic hardtail from back before the hardrock got all curvy with the down and top tubes. Still a handsome gray color if you ask me. Anyways, "Name Pending" was in a listing on craigslist titled simply "Two mountain bikes, 125 dollars". Two mountain bikes were a 17'' (my size) and a 15'' (Mrs. Bautieri's size) 04 Hardrock's who looked like they had been sitting in a barn for the last 4 years or so. According to the seller that is exactly what they had been doing. Covered in grit, goo, and what looked to be yard lime, wobbly wheels, and derailuers that wouldn't hit their gears. A night or two of tinkering and the gears all hit. Another night of truing the wheels and cleaning the frames and I was the proud owner of a pair of showroom quality Hardrocks for $62.50 each.

Now to see what the fuss was about with these bikes. I must say, they rode very nicly. The maiden voyage was a 25 mile loop around the Harrisburg Greenbelt which included a few good climbs. Let me tell you, those knobbies were a chore to push that distance compared to my road bike. However you couldn't have wiped the smile off my face with formula 409. A little more tinkering with the front derailure (had to take some slack out of the cable) and the front derailure was no longer rubbing a bit in the top crank gear.

So what to do, what to do? Ah, Commuterize it so I no longer have to commute on my road bike! A stop out to my favorite LBS was in order. A few stops actually...my bad for ripping the rim tape then buying two different sized tires. Hey, they were right next to each other. Got the new tires, mounted a rear rack, set up a bag that conveniently unzips into a painnier. It's pretty cool, the side pockets of the trunk can unzip then you can use it like a tiny pannier. Real panniers wouldn't work as the chain stays were too short to keep my heel from smacking the bags. One of these days I'll get a proper touring bike but until then, I present you with CommuterRock!



And a closeup of the chosen rubber,



Rides much better without the 26 x 2.0 knobs. Weight distribution feels really different when there is any kind of load on it, but all in all I like her!
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Old 03-24-09, 03:33 PM   #2
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Nice finds. You got to love craigslist!
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Old 03-24-09, 04:02 PM   #3
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Old 03-24-09, 04:39 PM   #4
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That is great. I found a 2 yr old Specialized Allez Comp with full Integra for $700 and sold it for $550. Patience is a real benefit.
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Old 03-24-09, 04:55 PM   #5
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That is great. I found a 2 yr old Specialized Allez Comp with full Integra for $700 and sold it for $550. Patience is a real benefit.
Umm... so you lost $150... ? Or do you mean you found one for $200?

Bau,

Nice find on the bikes... too bad Paul Harvey wasn't here to tell the "Rest of the Story"...

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Old 03-24-09, 06:18 PM   #6
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Bought a older Merckx Corsa extra with Record 10 for $1000.00.. I sold the eurus wheels that came with it for 400 on ebay, so net cost $600.00 for a great ride..
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Old 03-24-09, 06:38 PM   #7
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Great finds!! I think you got a great deal. I got a 1992 Schwinn Paramount and a 1990 Trek 720 Multitrack at the DUMP! Both in mint condition. Totally free!!!
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Right on! I surf CL bikes a bunch and I recall seeing those and thinking how good a deal it was and how lucky someone was going to be. Congrats!
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I don't think you need to get a better bike for commuting. I think you have the perfect one. Once again, we see that taking time can save money. Just watch for the good deals to come along, like a lion waits for its prey.
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Very nice. You have a bike for Stony Creek again.
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Welcome to Hardrock Country!

Sporting specialized Fat Boy 26 X 1.25 slicks @100psi, Topeak bag & Rack, Planet bike fenders, PB Super Flash, and a Husky 3w flashlight as a backup to the jeeze-that's-bright Retinal Burner (thanks Cyccommute!)

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Snazzy !!

I'm jealous of your chain stays haha
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Very nice. You have a bike for Stony Creek again.

Yes indeed, and proper MTB tires can be on in the time it takes to swipe my wifes! Tires, rims, casset, everything! Yay interchangable!
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Snazzy !!

I'm jealous of your chain stays haha
Yeah, my wife has a Trek 800 with the more recent geometry and I had a bit of a problem with fitting a rack on her's.
Then I realized I could use her seat clamp bolt. Until then, she was trying to make do with a seatpost rack...and that was a bit iffy because she is maybe 5' tall and didn't have much seatpost showing.

Now she has a kind of "metal rainbow" ending at the clamp.
You find the nicest things at the end of the rainbow.
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