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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 04-03-10, 07:31 PM   #1
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Finally! Got my bike together today and went for a ride today

I acquired an old merlin titanium frame and got a bike build kit from Colorado Cyclist. I had a few hiccups along the way, like the bottom bracket shell is incompatible with anything modern, so i had to reuse the old spindle & cranks, got my LBS to replace the press-fit bearings for me. Its a 60cm Ti frame with an aluminum fork.

Put the chainrings from my shiny new unusable SRAM Force carbon cranks onto the old mavic aluminum cranks and finished upgrading everything else to SRAM Force with red shifters. Finished up with a nice set of Easton EA90SL wheels.

A friend helped me build it as his house, so the split second I got home, I put new cleats on my old shoes and went for a spin.

A 5 mile jaunt has me wheezing so my work is cut out for me, ugh. Hills! Double ugh.

I'm still getting used to the subtle differences shifting SRAM after years of Ultegra use, but it's nice. Very crisp & slick.

I *do* have a slight chain angle problem because my bottom bracket isn't as wide as a modern bracket, so I get chain nose when I'm in the small chainring/big cog combination even if I have the dérailleur trimmed correctly. Oh well, that's just something I'll have to live with I think.

I also had a problem with one of my cleats - never got the damn thing to clip in even after 5 miles. I've used speedplay X series pedals fo ryears, these are the light action version and something's not right. I hope it's a stupid installer problem (ahem, me) so that it's easily fixed but riding up hills with one foot not clipped in is no fun, people, no fun at all.

I'm glad to be finally riding my bike instead of looking at it thinking "hey, I should get that put together so I can ride it"

Added this picture - it's a little hard to see the frankencrank I had to cobble together. It's a little flexy but works fine.

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Old 04-03-10, 07:54 PM   #2
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Great! It would drive me crazy to look at my bikes and not be able to ride! Couple weeks you'll be ready for MT Baldy!
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Old 04-03-10, 08:06 PM   #3
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I rode with a guy for a couple miles on a ride last year that was on a Merlin bike, and it sure did look nice...so you got some pics?
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I'll probably take some pics tomorrow... the bike looks pretty doggone sharp if I do say so myself. I'm worn out and I want to go for another ride right now anyway, MAN it's nice to have a sweet bike again.

Mt. Baldy, LMAO. I'm fired up though, I'll keep at it and with any luck, I'll be ready for one of those hillbasher rides in a month or two.
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i like that look a lot, clean and simple. A sleeper if you will.
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Thanks... I haven't gone for a long ride yet because I'm a wheezing out of shape larda$$ but it seems to ride really well.

I'm really impressed with the SRAM components so far. Coming from 12 year old 9-spd ultegra, it's a huge upgrade. And indexed front shifting! Whatever will they think of next.
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