Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

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.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 09-21-09, 05:10 PM   #1
AiredaleII
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
AiredaleII's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Lakes Region of NH
Bikes: 2008 Specialized Hardrock Sport
Posts: 99
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My Clydeworthy Hardrock

I've made a few changes to my 08' Hardrock and now I feel it is totally Clydeworthy. I lurked on here for quite awhile and from all I read it seemed like the 08' Hardrock would be a solid bike for someone my size (6' tall 350 lbs.) to start on. I have already started to add the bike rides as a component of my diet and exercise program. Also, I am 56 years old.

Below is my bike and some images of the changes I have made. Any comments, advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

2008 Specialized Hardrock Sport


I added this bag and rack. They are both made by Topeak. The bag slides on the rack in a track and it is expandable.


Showing how the bag expands to give you built-in panniers.


I replaced the stock fork with a Surly 1x1 rigid fork. The stock fork was unlockable and too soft for my weight, plus I only ride on pavement and smooth trails. Rigid seemed the way to go. I also changed the tires with some 26x2.0 Michelin XC Hard Terrains. They make a huge difference in the ride.


.........and just today I added a Cateye Strada wireless.
AiredaleII is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-09, 05:31 PM   #2
KShep
Zensunni Wanderer
 
KShep's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: SE GA USA
Bikes:
Posts: 240
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Nice work on the modifications. That's a sharp looking bike.
KShep is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-09, 05:41 PM   #3
old and new
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 3,134
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Nice bike ... a bell's the only thing I can think of, I use one.
old and new is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-09, 05:53 PM   #4
Greg_R
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Portland, OR
Bikes: Surly LHT set up for commuting
Posts: 646
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Nice ride! I'd consider adding a rear fender.
Greg_R is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-09, 06:41 PM   #5
bamacrazy
Senior Member
 
bamacrazy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Mobile, Alabama
Bikes: 05 Specialized Hardrock Pro, 87 Bianchi Axis
Posts: 201
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Cool trunk!
bamacrazy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-09, 10:39 AM   #6
Brambler
n00b
 
Brambler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Amherst, MA
Bikes:
Posts: 7
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Looks great, definitely gonna have to pick up that trunk bag system for mine.

Is the saddle aftermarket?
Brambler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-09, 11:59 AM   #7
BigPolishJimmy
Senior Member
 
BigPolishJimmy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Southwest Michigan
Bikes: Fuji Monterey, Schwinn Traveler, Fuji Special Road Racer, Gitane Interclub, Sun EZ-1, Schwinn Frontier, Puch Cavalier, Vista Cavalier, Armstrong, Raleigh Sports, Schwinn Stingray
Posts: 1,563
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
drool
BigPolishJimmy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-09, 12:26 PM   #8
stevemasum
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 5
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Very nice set up. Did you have to drill into your seat stays to attach the rack?
stevemasum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-09, 12:34 PM   #9
Jtgyk
Senior Member
 
Jtgyk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Richardson TX
Bikes:
Posts: 1,308
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The only things different on mine are the full Freddy Fenders (you want full fenders if you ride in weather...found this out the hard way), and Specialized FatBoy tires at 100psi, and some reflective tape.

Oh! and mine is much older....



__________________
Hey, I'm just this GUY...you know?
>>>Team Critical Mess<<< (You mean it's not SUPPOSE to hurt?)

My nice new Nashbar Touring Build AKA "The Flying Avocadooooooooo!"
1998(?) Trek 700 Multitrack
1995 Trek 1220 AKA "Jimi"
Older Non-suspension Specialized Hardrock
Jtgyk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-09, 04:19 PM   #10
AiredaleII
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
AiredaleII's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Lakes Region of NH
Bikes: 2008 Specialized Hardrock Sport
Posts: 99
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks all for the comments and suggestions.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Brambler View Post
Is the saddle aftermarket?
No, it's the stock saddle.

Quote:
Originally Posted by stevemasum View Post
Very nice set up. Did you have to drill into your seat stays to attach the rack?
Steve, I really don't know. They put it on for me at the LBS, I was there when they did it and I don't think they had to drill.

Quote:
Originally Posted by old and new View Post
Nice bike ... a bell's the only thing I can think of, I use one.
Yeah, I need to add something like a bell and I would love to have the Magicshine light.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Greg_R View Post
Nice ride! I'd consider adding a rear fender.
My initial thought is that the rack would be sufficient, but you might be right.
AiredaleII is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-09, 03:58 PM   #11
funrover 
Senior Member
 
funrover's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Colorado
Bikes: Mostly schwinn... few classics
Posts: 2,278
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Nice looking ride!
funrover is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-09, 12:54 PM   #12
idrinkred
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Dallas-Fort Worth
Bikes:
Posts: 21
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
How did changing the fork effect your ride posture? Are you more or less upright?
idrinkred is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-09, 02:22 PM   #13
bikedragon13
Newbie
 
bikedragon13's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Washington State (11yrs now)
Bikes: none yet
Posts: 3
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Awesome!

I love the bike!
bikedragon13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-09, 05:25 PM   #14
AiredaleII
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
AiredaleII's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Lakes Region of NH
Bikes: 2008 Specialized Hardrock Sport
Posts: 99
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by idrinkred View Post
How did changing the fork effect your ride posture? Are you more or less upright?

The posture seems the same to me, if anything maybe slightly more upright. The real change is in the amount of energy I have to expend. Now that I no longer have the fork bobbing on every down stroke, it takes much less effort to pedal, all the energy is going to the rear wheel.
AiredaleII is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-09, 11:37 AM   #15
idrinkred
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Dallas-Fort Worth
Bikes:
Posts: 21
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
That's actually good news! I think having him more upright is the most comfortable for him. (I'm going to get DH on this forum so he can speak for hisself soon. )

We just brought home a 2004 Specialized Hardrock Sport that a friend bought and never used. Other than dust and two flat tires it's in perfect shape. And it's ours for 150$. Leaves us enough cash for the mods. Looks like it'll be fork, saddle, smooth tires and grips to start.

Thanks again for the help!
idrinkred is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-09, 11:54 AM   #16
djdeity
Newbie
 
djdeity's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 3
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I'm idrinkred's DH - she finally convinced me to get on here. Just wanted to echo my thanks for all the help in choosing the right bike for me. I couldn't believe that we were able to get the '04 Hardrock Sport from a friend of mine for so cheap. I must admit, it's weird to be up on a bike again, but I'm looking forward getting the mods done and getting back on 2 tires.

Thanks again for all the help, and I look forward to reading more here in the future.
djdeity is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-09, 02:25 PM   #17
Joltman
Member
 
Joltman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Straya
Bikes:
Posts: 34
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Nice bike. Tastefully put together.
Joltman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-09, 03:22 PM   #18
AiredaleII
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
AiredaleII's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Lakes Region of NH
Bikes: 2008 Specialized Hardrock Sport
Posts: 99
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by djdeity View Post
I'm idrinkred's DH - she finally convinced me to get on here. Just wanted to echo my thanks for all the help in choosing the right bike for me. I couldn't believe that we were able to get the '04 Hardrock Sport from a friend of mine for so cheap. I must admit, it's weird to be up on a bike again, but I'm looking forward getting the mods done and getting back on 2 tires.Thanks again for all the help, and I look forward to reading more here in the future.
Welcome aboard and congratulations on the new bike, looking forward to seeing some pictures when it is cleaned up. Is yours silver?
AiredaleII is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-09, 03:51 PM   #19
Jynx
.....
 
Jynx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Long Island
Bikes: 2006 Cannondale CAAD8
Posts: 4,816
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
looks great!
__________________
Weight Listing Index (Feel Free to add to it!)

Buy your bike parts here
Jynx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-09, 06:56 PM   #20
djdeity
Newbie
 
djdeity's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 3
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by AiredaleII View Post
Welcome aboard and congratulations on the new bike, looking forward to seeing some pictures when it is cleaned up. Is yours silver?
Yup, I was hoping for the "Taxi Cab Yellow," but it's silver. As far as cleaning it up, it's already pretty clean. The wife and I are already making plans on getting it "modded" out like yours. When we get everything together, we'll be sure to post pics.
djdeity is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:01 AM.