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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 06-08-11, 03:07 PM   #1
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The folks at Surly sure have a way with words

I was in the LBS a couple days ago and noticed this on the chainstay of a Surly Long Haul Trucker:



The rest of the bike:



Same thing on a well-used Surly Cross Check:





The first thing that crossed my mind was "hmm, they're gonna offend some Clydesdales and Athenas and make others laugh. They're pretty bold with this one". Luckily another cyclist on a Surly Long Haul Trucker rode in just as I was leaving and explained the slogan to me. Turns out Surly is referring to fat tires fitting between the chainstays, not the weight of the rider. Whew! I almost came on here and made a fool out of myself! I was all ready to let people know that Surly advertises C/A-friendly bikes.
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Old 06-08-11, 04:15 PM   #2
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Well, the Surly LHT is a heavyweight. And for touring bikes and their cross bike, the ability to fit a wide variety of tires is a plus.

So, which one were you going to buy?
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Old 06-08-11, 05:22 PM   #3
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I thought exactly the same thing when I saw that.

EDIT: Are those bikes yours? I have the same pedals on my road bike as are on that Cross Check.
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Old 06-08-11, 05:23 PM   #4
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I thought it was a drug reference.

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I thought it meant the riders too, LOL.
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Old 06-08-11, 06:53 PM   #6
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Well, the Surly LHT is a heavyweight. And for touring bikes and their cross bike, the ability to fit a wide variety of tires is a plus.

So, which one were you going to buy?
Neither. I don't need that type of bike, since I don't tour or ride cyclocross. I always take pictures of interesting things.

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I thought exactly the same thing when I saw that.

EDIT: Are those bikes yours? I have the same pedals on my road bike as are on that Cross Check.
Nope. I think the LHT is a brand new one for sale. The Cross Check is either a customer's or an employee's.
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FFF is a reference to tire size - they will fit tires up to 700x45 width. Another great reason to love surly is the 132.5 rear spacing which works with 130 or 135 mm wheelset, give you a lot more options..

The one Abbreviation I love is Assos calls there 3xl sizing TIR which is a trucking term in Europe for wide load..
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Old 06-08-11, 07:20 PM   #8
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Do all Surly Bikes have this sticker?
Here is my old Instigator
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Do all Surly Bikes have this sticker?
Even the Pacer does, but shouldn't. Only fits (narrow) 28mm with fenders and 32mm (if you shoehorn them) without. Big whoop, I've got a 1988 Trek 400 that spec's the same.
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When I first saw this, I thought it was a play on the four F club that everyone used in the 70's 80's. Then I realized that there where only three F's
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