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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 07-15-11, 09:29 AM   #1
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Bike out of commision, can't afford a new one. Can't do centuries gained 5lbs, fun.
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Old 07-15-11, 09:41 AM   #2
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Would you like some crackers and cheese with that whine?

Seriously, I know how frustrating it can be when plans are thwarted. Hopefully you'll find an alternative until you can get your bike fixed.

Hang in there!
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Old 07-15-11, 09:45 AM   #3
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Yeah thanks, I understand how annoying it is, I just needed to vent and I'm certain my wife is so tired of hearing it by now.
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Old 07-15-11, 09:47 AM   #4
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What is so wong with it that it can't be fixed?
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Yeah thanks, I understand how annoying it is, I just needed to vent and I'm certain my wife is so tired of hearing it by now.
Yeah ... living with a wife or a girlfriend can put a limit on your complaining.

It's awful to be without a bike. What's wrong with yours? Can you get a cheap beater? Can someone lend you one? Can you schlep from bike shop to bike shop doing extended test rides?
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Old 07-15-11, 11:48 AM   #6
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Well the problem is that isnt wasn't a very expensive singled speed, I bent my chainring and rear rim. Considering its only a 200$ bike is it even worth replacing those parts, especially when the plan was to upgrade in the next six months(complications have made that very unlikely.)I've priced my repair cost at 150$ I did actually buy a cheap bike for 40 bucks, but now that I have had it out for two rides, 40$ seems like a massive rip off.
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If you really want to ride, then you will either fix it yourself, or look around for a bike that won't fall apart.

You can still find decent older bikes at attic sales and such. BUT, it has been my experience that you usually need to spend somewhere in the neighborhood of $300 on a used bike to be able to enjoy riding it without worrying about everything.

Usually, people end up spending around/under $100 on the bike at first, and another $150+ on things like rear wheels (new rims, spokes, tensioning, etc.), brake pads, chains, tires, etc.

Those type of things wear out over time, and have to be replaced. You may as well replace them with something that will last.
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Old 07-15-11, 10:52 PM   #8
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Well the problem is that isnt wasn't a very expensive singled speed, I bent my chainring and rear rim. Considering its only a 200$ bike is it even worth replacing those parts, especially when the plan was to upgrade in the next six months(complications have made that very unlikely.)I've priced my repair cost at 150$ I did actually buy a cheap bike for 40 bucks, but now that I have had it out for two rides, 40$ seems like a massive rip off.
If you don't mind a trip to scenic Chester County, you can ride my LHT.
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My plans for a nice long ride this weekend got wrecked by a flat tire -- on my car.

Hit a curb, and blew a tire. I have the spare on now, but can't get it repaired until tomorrow (or maybe Monday.) I need to drive 30 or 40 miles to get to some decent weekend riding. Not supposed to drive over 50 mph on the spare...

Blech. I guess it's the local MUP for me this weekend...
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I rode 17 miles yesterday with a knot in my shoulder and a sore throat. I was going to go for a ride with my niece today and teach her how to shift the$40 craiglist bike I bought her. Instead, I puked this morning and now am laying on the couch of my motorhome feeling sorry for myself.

But Clemens has it worse.

Maybe try to dump the $40 bike for $40 and shop Craigslist for something a tick up? If I were you I'd take Neil up on his offer this fine weekend.
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Old 07-16-11, 07:12 AM   #11
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I sympathize

Man, I know the feeling about not getting to ride. It's been a week since I was last able to get out on the road.

Called Monday to buy a Raleigh Sojourn and there are none new in the US to be had until either Christmas 2011 or possibly as late as March 2012. Sigh!

We are finally getting rain in the Southeast and I refuse to complain about the rain but the grass in the yard, geesh!

So Thursday I figured finally, a good bike ride. Nope, the wife was the smarter of us two and refused to let me go out and ride in a thunderstorm. She suggested that I change the tires and tubes on my '83 Schwinn I bought from Craigslist. This made sense because the tires were original to the bike. The front wheel went fine even though the bearings really need to be repacked. The front wheel even had the original tube I believe. The rear wheel was a bit more complicated and I am convinced that a flat on the rear is not a repair I'd ever want to make on the road.

This is where things got a bit rough. I had noticed when I bought the bike that there was what I thought was a minor ding in the rear wheel. When I got the tire and tube off of the rim I noticed that on the inside of the rim it looked as if someone has rode the tire flat. That's not so bad that it can't be smoothed out. What is bad is that the yahoo that changed the tube last time tore up the rim strip and left a spoke exposed in the rim.

So I am headed to the bike shop today, cause I can't make it there during the week, to buy some rim strips and a $300.00 bike so that I can ride without worrying what is going to break next on that 28 year old bike while I wait on the Raleigh.

I didn't have the financial option to do this until last Saturday. So, hang in there and if you really want to ride then I am sure the opportunity will present itself. If there were a simple way then I'd let you ride the old Schwinn once I fixed the tire if you thought it trustworthy.
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If you don't mind a trip to scenic Chester County, you can ride my LHT.
Sounds like a good plan to me
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Old 07-18-11, 05:36 AM   #13
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Neil, had I been at the computer this weekend I would have absolutley driven up, lets talk on google+ and plan something soon.
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Old 07-18-11, 09:12 AM   #14
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Neil, had I been at the computer this weekend I would have absolutley driven up, lets talk on google+ and plan something soon.
Message sent. I'm free this weekend.
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Wow, Broke bike and can't ride! I feel for you.

I have a 6,000+ dollar custom Spectrum and a custom Davidson, both brand new and can't ride them at all!

My knee is acting up and haven't been able to ride at all, so you deal with it. Go over and ride the LHT!
I'll keep getting the fluid taken off my knee and hope for the best! At least I can walk, to get outside, and try not to put on to much weight.

Anybody got a spare knee?

Good luck
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I just sold a very nice Cannondale for $250. Look around.

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