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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 07-21-11, 11:45 AM   #1
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I can't control my Trek Madone

My new bike has a serious problem. Everytime I go out on it I tell myself "This is a recovery ride. Take it easy today." After a ever shortening warmup it takes control. It's pushing me to spin 100 rpm. It forces me down in the drops. It's constantly nagging me to go faster. Is there an obediance school for wayward bikes?
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Old 07-21-11, 11:49 AM   #2
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Nope, the best thing to do is just cave to its demands. Remember, resistance is futile.
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Old 07-21-11, 11:51 AM   #3
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No obedience school for that steed, my friend.

The beatings will continue until morale improves.
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Sounds like a great bike!

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Old 07-21-11, 12:18 PM   #5
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I've got an easy solution, send it to me :-D
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Same problem with my new Cannondale Synapse Carb 3.
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Old 07-21-11, 12:49 PM   #7
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Sounds like a great bike!

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Old 07-21-11, 01:17 PM   #8
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Yeah, you are not going to be able to ride that beast slow. It looks fast just sitting there.
As everyone else has said, just give in to its desires and then everyone will be much happier.
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No taming a Madone. Just hang on for dear life and go along for the ride.
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Sure there is, just buy another bike, one that weighs a LOT more, and take that on the recovery rides.

BTW; Just because you spin at 100 doesn't have to mean you are going hard!
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It's like my Allez. It's a spirited race steed.
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Sure there is, just buy another bike, one that weighs a LOT more, and take that on the recovery rides.
This is actually a much better idea than it sounds. It helps to prevent the wonder at how magical the nice bike is from wearing out.

@ Jethro - you don't actually lock that sexy beast up, do you?
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Is there an obediance school for wayward bikes?
Yup, it's called "The School of Big Long Climbs". You won't be in the drops very long and your bike won't nag you to go faster..
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Ride it as hard as you can, as ofter as you can, teach that puppy a lesson!
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I think something is up with my new bike also, it keeps wanting to go farther from home.
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Old 07-21-11, 04:41 PM   #16
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Somehow I just knew that this would be the nature of the "problem" before I even opened the thread.

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Yup, it's called "The School of Big Long Climbs". You won't be in the drops very long and your bike won't nag you to go faster..
I would agree with this. If this statement is not correct.

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Same problem with the 5200 I ride. Huge difference between it and the old Schwinn Circuit I used to ride. The 5200 just wants to go and go and go..........
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My new bike has a serious problem. Everytime I go out on it I tell myself "This is a recovery ride. Take it easy today." After a ever shortening warmup it takes control. It's pushing me to spin 100 rpm. It forces me down in the drops. It's constantly nagging me to go faster. Is there an obediance school for wayward bikes?
It's a trait common to all Treks; the manufacturer is aware of the problem but seems to be unable or unwilling to do anything about it.

If you think your Madone is bad, just be grateful that you don't own a touring bike.
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