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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 03-30-10, 07:37 PM   #1
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New clydesdale looking for advice on a couple of bikes

Hey everyone, I've been lurking this forum for about a couple of weeks now taking in all the advice and I'm wondering if I've come to the right conclusions. First a little about myself: I'm 6'2" and about 250lbs. When I'm in tip top shape I still tip the scales between 210 and 225. Right now I ride a Schwinn Madison (fixie) about 20-30 miles a week just for my commute. I am a complete newbie when it comes to cycling (I still have to google bicycle anatomy, and some abbreviations when I read the forums). My budget is around $1000, but Iím willing to spend 2-300 more for the right reasons. I want to get into competing in triathlons (Iíve run a couple Ĺ marathons, and began swimming).

What bike would you guys recommend? I went to performance bicycle and they fitted me on a Roubaix 1.0 (which was a fun ride), and a R-670 (I think I may have fallen in love). Iím worried though that because of my weight, also I play rugby so Iíve got TONS of lower body strength, I may put too much torque onto the bike and wreck the shiny new toy. Some of the older posts Iíve read make me think Iíll be fine, but I should try to swap out the rims for something a bit beefier. Or am I not even looking at the right types of bike?

Roubaix - http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...7_20000_400306

R-670 - http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...0_20000_400306

Let me know what you guys think!
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Old 03-30-10, 07:42 PM   #2
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You and I have the same build. I am about 6'2, 250. I ride a Giant Defy 1 and have put about 500 miles on it so far and have had no problems romping the pedals. The bike responds well even at my weight and has needed minimal adjustments since getting it. I just had the bike in for an adjustment and the wheels have held up just fine. I tested several bikes before buying it and just loved the feel of this one the best but that is just my opinion. Also, that extra few hundred dollars may be well worth it to get into a 105 component set, especially if you plan to use the bike in tri's. Good luck
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R-670.

I have a Giant Defy Advanced (full carbon) and so far, so good. Plus, I'm heavier than you are.
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I just bought the Roubaix 1.0 you are looking at. I posted pictures of it a couple days ago. I am 6'2", about 235 now. The wheels on the R-670 are better. I bought the Fuji because I think I will get better resell value out of it when I upgrade, I wanted SRAM components, and I think the Fuji looks better. I have ordered wheels to replace the stock wheels.

Do you plan on doing any hills or mountains? I got them to swap out the crank for a compact for the mountains around here.

So far, I have been very happy with the bike. I think either one would be a good choice. Buy the one that fits and feels the best riding, if they are the same buy the one you think looks the best.
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I certainly agree with MrClyde--try them out and find out which one feels the best.

Do know, Scattante is made by Fuji. Not sure what that means for resale value at any rate.
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I'd suggest 32spoke min on the wheelset you get. The trend seems to be toward very few spokes these days - but I'm not convinced that it's right for clydesdales. I guess that depends on what sort of riding you want to do on it though. My 2 cents...

Nice to see another rugby playing bike rider. (I've sensibly retired from rugby though)

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The answers so far have been excellent, and exactly what I've been looking for.

MrClyde: I do plan on climbing some mountains for training purposes, but luckily (or unluckily) long steep hills are few and far between in Tempe. There are lots of long extremely gradual inclines, most of which I can handle with minimal effort on my fixie.

So I guess what I'm hearing is still leaning towards beefier wheels, but I could still get away with the stock. I think because I've been dreaming about the r-670 since I test rode it I think that's the one I'm going to go with. The pedals are extra, are there any recommendations on a good kind for clydes?
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The answers so far have been excellent, and exactly what I've been looking for.

MrClyde: I do plan on climbing some mountains for training purposes, but luckily (or unluckily) long steep hills are few and far between in Tempe. There are lots of long extremely gradual inclines, most of which I can handle with minimal effort on my fixie.

So I guess what I'm hearing is still leaning towards beefier wheels, but I could still get away with the stock. I think because I've been dreaming about the r-670 since I test rode it I think that's the one I'm going to go with. The pedals are extra, are there any recommendations on a good kind for clydes?
I use Shimano SPD clipless.
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Pedals are personal preference. I use these below. I prefer the larger platform, but use the above pedals on my mountain bike.

http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...0_20000_400048

Those Mavics that come on it may do you fine. Mine came with Alex wheels, I plan on using them for training until I can't spot true them anymore, then probably throw them away. If you are going to get a different set of wheels, you may consider selling the Mavics when they are brand new, and making the switch when you buy the bike.

On my hybrid I run Mavic Open Pros from Performance, they have held up very well and are reasonably priced. I also run 25 tires, a little wider.
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