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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 03-03-11, 07:10 AM   #1
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The Clyde Ryde is almost ready to hit the road!

I've got a new seat thanks to the generosity of a forum member who sent me one.

The wheels are cleaned, lubed and rolling smooth and true. The rear derailleur is a smooth piece of machinery. The only thing left to do is break the chain off the bike and clean the front derailleur and the chain thoroughly. Then it will be time for a test ride.

The only problem is that there is nothing but rain showing on the forcast for the next two weeks!
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Old 03-03-11, 07:28 AM   #2
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Weather forcasts are often wrong
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Old 03-03-11, 07:39 AM   #3
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Are you going to melt? If you're itching for a ride, go for one! Riding in the rain and splashing through puddles is great fun that you never grow out of.
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Old 03-03-11, 07:55 AM   #4
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Are you going to melt? If you're itching for a ride, go for one! Riding in the rain and splashing through puddles is great fun that you never grow out of.
Not going to melt, but I still have a scar below my kneecap where the kickstand on my bike as a teenager went into my knee the whole 1/2" of it's length before the upkick as I was sliding along the ground, coming to a stop in front of a car because of slick roads and stupidity.

So let's just say it's more of psychological issue about riding in the rain, plus I have an indoor exercise bike, so honestly I see no need to take a newly rebuilt bike out in the rain for it's shakedown run.
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Old 03-03-11, 07:26 PM   #5
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Not going to melt, but I still have a scar below my kneecap where the kickstand on my bike as a teenager went into my knee the whole 1/2" of it's length before the upkick as I was sliding along the ground, coming to a stop in front of a car because of slick roads and stupidity.
You're older and wiser now. Plus, no kickstand, right? Problem solved.

Of course, I've avoided riding near anything that looks wet since I slid on some leaves and broke my ankle...
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Old 03-03-11, 10:19 PM   #6
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Are you going to melt? If you're itching for a ride, go for one! Riding in the rain and splashing through puddles is great fun that you never grow out of.
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Old 03-03-11, 10:33 PM   #7
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Then there is plenty of time to take a picture and post it on the forum.
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Old 03-03-11, 10:44 PM   #8
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As I posted in another thread. I went out on my first outdoor ride this year today. I felt like Bill Murray letting the Groundhog drive.
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What happens on a ride if it starts raining? Mud is a story of its own. Go get dirty and post some pictures. Be careful, but get going! Where is that BUCKEYE Spirit?
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Where is that BUCKEYE Spirit?
It only exists April-January. February and March are non-football months, so hence we true buckeyes hibernate most of February and March.

As an update for today I got the old chain off yesterday with a chainbreaker loaned from a friend, and after letting it soak overnight, it looks like I'll be buying a new chain before I do anything. This one has major rust underneath the grime, and I'm not sure it's worth salvaging.

Did get the front derailluer off and cleaned up good. The brakes are all adjusted and so are the shifters. Just need the chain now.
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Old 03-04-11, 06:42 AM   #11
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Then there is plenty of time to take a picture and post it on the forum.
True, but when your wife needs the camera daily to document her student teaching in her final two weeks of school, I tend not to try to steal it from her and upset the angry gods.
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I agree. A happy wife is a good thing.
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I've got a new seat thanks to the generosity of a forum member who sent me one.

The wheels are cleaned, lubed and rolling smooth and true. The rear derailleur is a smooth piece of machinery. The only thing left to do is break the chain off the bike and clean the front derailleur and the chain thoroughly. Then it will be time for a test ride.

The only problem is that there is nothing but rain showing on the forcast for the next two weeks!
Has this bike gotten dirty yet?
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Has this bike gotten dirty yet?
Just thought I would update everyone who isn't following my Facebook page. I have yet to take the bike out for a spin yet. I pulled a muscle in my lower back last week that pretty much prevented any activity. Walking and sitting were even comprimised to the point where I wasn't sure I'd be able to get out of bed one day last week.

Wednesday and definitely Thursday look good for this week. And if gas prices keep going up, I'll be trying to commute on the bike shortly regardless of weather!
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Good luck and hope you feel better.

Regardless of gas prices, commuting (and running errands) are good ways to get more exercise into a schedule. I actually ride my bike more than I drive most weeks. Indeed, its not unusual for the car to sit in the garage the entire week. With my new folding bike, I may even be able to eliminate some of my longer trips by mixing the bike with DART...

As for your back, one thing I have started is to do some yoga core exercises to strengthen my back, in addition to my weekly riding mileage. I have found it helps tremendously, and yoga really doesn't require any equipment...
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