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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 03-16-11, 02:53 PM   #1
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The Surly Lives On

Just want to start off saying that this is my first real post. I've been a lurker for a while, and I visit this forum often, so I figured this is the appropriate place to post...And I'm a cylde myself

Last May I was involved in a little accident when a motorcyclist ran over my Surly Crosscheck. I woke up in the back of an ambulance, and had no clue how I got there. Luckily, I only suffered a concussion with no long lasting injuries. However, the frame was toast and my desire to ride on the road was gone.



When I fully recovered I decided the woods would be a better place to ride, and living in western PA, we have a lot of great trails to ride. I purchased a Caad 4 mountain bike off craigslist that was built up pretty nicely.



There are plenty of great areas to explore around here. This is one spot we came across.



Anyways, I wanted to at least get the Surly back into riding condition even if I wasnít sure about riding on the road again. A lot of the parts on it were salvageable and I only need to find a couple things. Last February, we were at the Stop Swap and Save event in Baltimore. I found a Trek road frame for a great price. However, the headset was an 1" and the Surly was 1 1/8". I decided to try the Nashbar carbon fork and Ritchey headset. So far it has been great and looks good too. I also had an Ultegra crank that I found at the Sea Otter Classic laying around with a 105 bottom bracket. To top it off, I set it up with a Brooks B17 saddle that we had in the warehouse. Iím real interested in seeing how this seat feels after it breaks in. Iíve heard a lot of good things about it. The only issue with it is there is a little wobble in the rear wheel from the motorcycle, but itís really not all that bad.



So, I have to admit Iím really excited to see it operational again. It was a long time coming. Iím going to test it out downtown this weekend.

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Old 03-16-11, 03:23 PM   #2
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I take it you'll be testing it out down on the river trails for the maiden voyage. Looks like a pretty nice build up from the parts you were able to save, and add to it. I'm really surprised that the rear wheel only has a slight wobble after getting run over enough to break the stays. I have to ask, did you see if it could be trued? I'd be afraid to run it if not. There could be serious issues beyond what we can see on the surface. Just my opinion, but it is what it is. You may have already had it looked over, so I could be way off base.

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I took the wheel to the LBS to have it looked at. He said he got it as straight as he could. I can definitely feel the wobble when braking. That's a really good point, and now that I think about it I probably shouldn't play with fire on this one. It would probably be best if I replace it sooner than later.

As for the ride, I'll be sticking to the trails for the most part. My friend that I work with has a nice loop around the city he likes to ride. Also, after 9 pm that city turns into a ghost town and is perfect for riding. I think it is safer than the suburbs where everyone speeds and does not pay attention.
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I took the wheel to the LBS to have it looked at. He said he got it as straight as he could. I can definitely feel the wobble when braking. That's a really good point, and now that I think about it I probably shouldn't play with fire on this one. It would probably be best if I replace it sooner than later.

As for the ride, I'll be sticking to the trails for the most part. My friend that I work with has a nice loop around the city he likes to ride. Also, after 9 pm that city turns into a ghost town and is perfect for riding. I think it is safer than the suburbs where everyone speeds and does not pay attention.
I hear what you're saying about empty streets. I love riding around, and through our city on any given Sunday. Hardly a vehicle or person in sight, and lots of flashing traffic signals to keep you rolling. Have a great time out there this weekend. The weather's going to be pretty decent for sure.
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