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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 05-27-11, 08:29 AM   #1
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New commuter bike - Salsa Vaya, bike pics & commute pics

N+1 strikes again! I got a commuter bike. I wanted something with disc brakes, fairly wide tires for a smooth ride, able to handle racks and fenders well, and prefer SRAM. In researching, I found the Salsa Vaya bike, just what I was looking for.









SRAM Apex, 34-48 crank, 11-34 cassette, BB5 brakes, Continental Tour ride 700C X 42 tires. Rides great, even with the panniers and clothes, shoes, tools, snacks and lunch in them. I could have gotten something more road oriented, but I am happy with this bike. Smooth ride over bumps, and the tires handle loose gravel on the road and short dirt sections really well.
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Old 05-27-11, 08:38 AM   #2
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Pics from my ride to work this morning, starting out in the dark. One way is 16-1/2 miles.

The first 8 miles or so are on the bike path that follows the train tracks through town.


Short path through a park, connects to the North County Mall. Hard to beat views like this instead of the gridlock on I-15.


Of course, there are many intersections like this too. It's not all secluded paths.


Entrance to the Lake Hodges bike path area.


A cloudy San Diego sunrise over Lake Hodges.


Pic of the recently built bike/pedestrian bridge across Lake Hodges. Prior to this, cyclists had to use the shoulder of I-15.


Shot along the shore of Lake Hodges. Lots of ducks out this morning.


Stairstep hills the last couple miles to the office. This section maxes out about 8%, not terrible but a decent workout with a loaded commuter bike.
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Old 05-27-11, 08:59 AM   #3
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Beautiful bike, congrats!

Where are the fenders?
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Old 05-27-11, 09:19 AM   #4
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Haven't gotten them yet. Next purchase, I need to make sure they fit the bigger tires. We don't get much rain here, but there is enough sprinkler runoff I am going to get them.
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Old 05-27-11, 09:22 AM   #5
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Nice bike and looks like an awesome ride too.
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Thanks for the post!! Love to see others commutes - and the bike is very cool! Of course I'm a little biased.... I've got a 2010 Vaya myself.
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Love the bike!!
I've been eyeing one myself however if I follow the n+1 rule again, my wife may enact the m-1 testicle rule...
By the way, the color is awesome!!
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Sweet ride!
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Beautiful bike, great color, nice ride and pics. Thanks.
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Awesome bike, but WOW that commute looks great!
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Yea, I don't have much to complain about. I probably spend a total of 6 miles out of 16 on the road, with 2 of those miles getting in/out of my neighborhood, the rest is dedicated bike paths. Going home in the PM there is enough traffic in Escondido it is still a pain, but doesn't last long.
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