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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 02-12-11, 06:01 PM   #1
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What is your must have?

What is the one thing that you, as a clydesdale, must put on your bicycle to make it "clyde ready."

My must have is a two bolt, micro adjust seatpost. I have stripped out too many other seatposts of various design.

The tool I must have is a hex key set. It fixes 90% of my bike problems.
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Old 02-12-11, 06:10 PM   #2
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Ummmmm......... What have I done to my bike because of my excellent use of gravity?

I think my Serfas Vistoso saddle wins. At 230 ish I have not had to do anything special other than that.
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Old 02-12-11, 06:15 PM   #3
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Old 02-12-11, 06:33 PM   #4
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What is the one thing that you, as a clydesdale, must put on your bicycle to make it "clyde ready."

My must have is a two bolt, micro adjust seatpost. I have stripped out too many other seatposts of various design.

The tool I must have is a hex key set. It fixes 90% of my bike problems.
My bikes don't have so much to be Clyde ready as Neil ready. Which means:

- extenders on the pedals for my knocked knees
- raised stem for my bad back
- saddle facing slightly right for my left-looking pelvis
- lower than ideal saddle height so I can mount with one foot on the ground (right, the longer leg)
- brakes and shifters located so I can reach them without removing a hand from the bar
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Old 02-12-11, 06:42 PM   #5
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Ummmmm......... What have I done to my bike because of my excellent use of gravity?
I've been saying for years that I'm not fat, just "Gravitationally Enhanced"!!!!

Must have, bike specific multi-tool. Nashbar has them from several makers...
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Old 02-12-11, 06:46 PM   #6
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Call me crazy but I insist on air in my tires and handle bars.
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Old 02-12-11, 06:47 PM   #7
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Old 02-12-11, 06:50 PM   #8
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Old 02-12-11, 08:48 PM   #9
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All my bikes are pre-built "Clyde Ready", as I don't look at any superlight racing machines; so I haven't needed to change out wheelsets and the like.

To make it CGK1 Ready, my brevet bike needed a wider cassette because I'm just not up to the task of pushing the stock gears up a 20 mile mountain pass. To make my singlespeed conversion, I needed similarly low gearing (65 inches) so I had to get a smaller chainring and larger freewheel. My other bikes are all built-to-spec from parts, so they were ready as soon as I was done putting them together.
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Old 02-12-11, 08:53 PM   #10
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Now that I have my new bike, I NEED a Garmin 500 or a Brooks Saddle for that bike.

The workhorse needs better weather so we can go on an adventure.
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Old 02-12-11, 09:06 PM   #11
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Maybe its good brakes, I need good brakes to stop my mass, that appears to be the only thing in common on my bikes.
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Old 02-12-11, 10:21 PM   #12
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When I first got started it was my cycle computer, it was pretty basic only tracked my MPH Miles travelled average speed and temp, but keeping that average speed up really help my super competative mind.

Now its just good tubes, I ride on a fixie with some pretty thin tires and I hate flats!
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Old 02-12-11, 10:43 PM   #13
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Old 02-12-11, 11:04 PM   #14
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Old 02-12-11, 11:41 PM   #15
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Air in the tires and a destination in mind.
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Old 02-13-11, 09:44 AM   #19
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If you say so

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Old 02-13-11, 05:05 PM   #21
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Wide saddle: Generally one category up from what would normally be on there - touring replaces racing, cruiser replaces touring, mega women's saddle replaces cruiser.

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Old 02-13-11, 05:23 PM   #22
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Left toe clip, right optional Maybe I'll become a real cyclist one day and try clipless...
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Old 02-13-11, 10:50 PM   #23
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I will just say it, If I am not on the bike, than it is not clyde ready for me
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Did you build it yourself or have it built?
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Old 02-14-11, 07:14 AM   #25
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Peter White Cycles out of New Hampshire, nobody local would guarantee their work.
This guy warranties his wheels for life. About 1,000 miles now, still true.
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