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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 05-13-09, 11:35 AM   #1
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New bike for big guy

Hello all!

I have been lurking around here for a few months just absorbing the knowledge and "using" all the inspirational posts! You folks have helped me immensely even though you weren't aware! THANK YOU!

But, of course, now, I find myself in need of some guidance. My friend (who actually got me into riding last year) wants to sell me his 2007 Scattante R-560 so he can upgrade to a CF bike. Now, this would be a HUGE improvement over my Target bought POS Schwinn. My current "bike" has about 1000 miles on it and the BB is sounding like it is about to explode!

Now, I haven't ridden his bike yet so actually don't even know if it will fit but it should be close since we're both 5'11" and have the same inseam and approximate arm length.

Being a clyde, though, I worry about taco-ing the wheels. It has a pretty low spoke count (I could only find this picture of the bike since it is discontinued http://www.eyebike.com/product/2007-...ke-p28999.html). Now, being that I currently weigh 223 (down from 270 in OCT 08! ) and it would be used for almost all MUP's and maybe a little road, no curb hopping, etc, do you think they will hold up?

He called Performance bike and they said it would be fine for my weight and I don't THINK they were blowing smoke since they don't get any money if I buy it or not...

Any input?

Thanks,

Tom
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Old 05-13-09, 12:05 PM   #2
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Assuming it fits and you are getting a good deal on it (the current R-560 is listed at $900 on the Performance web site) I'd jump on it. I am commuting on low end, low spoke count wheels without a problem. I weigh a couple of pounds less than you but I more than make up for it with all that I carry and my commute is rough at times. The R-560 looks like a decent level of equipment and should be a blast after what you've been riding.
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Oh heck yeah you would be fine on that bike, as a clyde you arn't that heavy and so long as you keep up with wheel maintenence you will have no issue with it.

If the price is right, go for it. Its been awhile since I got a preformance catalog in the mail but I seem to recal that bike selling for under 1k. Also, that bottom bracket on your schwinn can be replaced with a new one at a shop for less than 50 bucks out the door. Buy his old bike then get your schwinn fixed for a backup/foul weather/beater bike.

Also, we will require pictures
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Oh heck yeah you would be fine on that bike, as a clyde you arn't that heavy and so long as you keep up with wheel maintenence you will have no issue with it.

If the price is right, go for it. Its been awhile since I got a preformance catalog in the mail but I seem to recal that bike selling for under 1k. Also, that bottom bracket on your schwinn can be replaced with a new one at a shop for less than 50 bucks out the door. Buy his old bike then get your schwinn fixed for a backup/foul weather/beater bike.

Also, we will require pictures

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I'm 250 ish and ride 20/24 spoke wheels. I have just under 4,000 miles on them with no problems to date. As with any machine, a bit of preventive maintenance goes along way!
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THANKS for all the positive responses! Now, I just gotta go test ride it. He said I can have if for a weekend some time.

I'll definitely try to fix up the "Tank" I am currently using for riding off road with my son, and if I get this bike, I'll post a pic with my large caboose in the pilots seat.

Now, I'll have to start another thread about how to tune the wheels. I take care of the ones on my motorcycle, but not REAL truting yet, just maintenance.

Thanks again for all the support.
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I agree with the others on jumping on this deal. And if worse comes to worse, you can always replace the wheels with ones that have more spokes. However, I don't think you will have an issue.
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oh heck yeah you would be fine on that bike, as a clyde you arn't that heavy and so long as you keep up with wheel maintenence you will have no issue with it.

If the price is right, go for it. Its been awhile since i got a preformance catalog in the mail but i seem to recal that bike selling for under 1k. Also, that bottom bracket on your schwinn can be replaced with a new one at a shop for less than 50 bucks out the door. Buy his old bike then get your schwinn fixed for a backup/foul weather/beater bike.

Also, we will require pictures

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