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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 07-04-12, 02:40 PM   #1
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Need Community help for My Weapon of Mass century Destruction.

Okay, here we go.

For the last year or so I have been waging my personal War against Type 2 Diabetes and my trusty altered Univega MTB has been there every time I needed it.



And now, strickly by chance, I have become the newest owner of a 2003 LEMOND Nevada City:




Luckily it's the right size. I've had this frame for a couple weeks and had thought to flip it for a profit and move on, it only cost me $50, but the more I stared at it, the more I could hear it talk.

So here we go. I've lost 65lbs over the last year and a half and am still shrinking and I want to ride a century next year. I know this is a aluminum frame and the ride will be a bit rougher than my steely MTB. I want to build this as rock solid as I can, but still keep it affordable. Most of the parts will come from that auction place so I will be a bit on a gamble streak, but thats okay as I'll keep an eye on Craigs also, but that will be a slim calling in this area.

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Advice= I posted this here instead of the wrench forum because us Clydes/Athenas have "special" needs for equipment. What is the bone minimum make/model on components? Pros/Cons on component choices? Triple vs Double chainring? etc

I'll try to use this thread to document the build. This bike will be strictly for charity organized rides and I am as far from a roadie speed demon as 1 can get, so we can keep that in mind. And this will be a great way for me to develop my wrench abilities too.

Thanks in advance y'all.

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Old 07-04-12, 03:53 PM   #2
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I am signed up to do a 5500ft metric in September, and am considering renting a carbon bike for it. The one speck I am looking for is a SRAM Apex cassette/derailuer. The 11-32 cassette is something you might want to consider if you are doing some heavy hill climbing. Not too much of a sprocket head, but I suspect you may have trouble getting a tripple on that frame.
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Thanks CC, will keep that in mind. As stated I'm not in for the afterburners, so favoring a bit of a climber might be wise.

I just noticed this.
http://www.bikepedia.com/quickbike/B...City&Type=bike

It came with a Sora Triple

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Old 07-04-12, 04:19 PM   #4
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The frame doesn't care if it has a double or triple on it. Besides, it originally came with a triple.

Component wise put the best stuff you can afford on there. That's usually the best bet. For me that would be Ultegra but anything in the Tiagra/105 (for Shimano) level or better would be fine. Each level you go up gets more expensive and what you are paying for is lighter weight and somewhat better performance.

Gearing is a very personal thing. Doubles, compacts and triples all have a place. What kinds of rides you do, what kind of riding style/preferences, how strong you are all go into determining what's the best gearing for you. The problem with asking a public forum this question is that you will get the best option for the people responding which may or may not be the best option for you.
If you want a useful answer to this question you need to say something like " I'm a medium strength recreational rider who rides mostly in the steep hilly area of the Mississippi river valley, I hate big jumps between gears etc., etc. Then the knowledgeable people on this forum can tell you that a particular set up would work best for you in your particular riding environment. Then those with a personal agenda will jump in and try and tell you that works for them will work best for you anyway.
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Thanks Homeyba, I already figured that. I was going to reserve gears, seat, handlebars and such "personal" stuff to what works for me. I was hoping to get some direction on brands and models that are, for lack of a better term, "Best bang for the Clyde buck". And CC has already set me on the road. I've been looking at SRAM. I didn't know much about that company, but what I'm reading I really like alot. Looking at the Apex line right now. And just might go with a double after all, but reading more.

Quick question: How to determine crank arm length? I'm 6'3" 280# inseam 31" The Nevada City is a 61CM bike. BB to top of seat tube.

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Sram is good stuff. I'm sure you'll be happy with it.

Here is a basic formula for crank length. L(mm) = 5.48 x I(in) That would put you at something like 208mm.
The problem is that you're going to have is that cranks longer than 175mm are difficult to come by (at least cheaply) unless you go custom or to one of the smaller crank makers.
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Sram is good stuff. I'm sure you'll be happy with it.

Here is a basic formula for crank length. L(mm) = 5.48 x I(in) That would put you at something like 208mm.
The problem is that you're going to have is that cranks longer than 175mm are difficult to come by (at least cheaply) unless you go custom or to one of the smaller crank makers.
Okay after doing some reading, prompted by CC and Homeyba, I'm going to get a SRAM Apex crankset with 180mm arms 50/34

So step one is a go.
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Since you mentioned evilbay...there are apex full groups with 175 cranks for way cheap on there if you watch..I paid less than 550 shipped
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Since you mentioned evilbay...there are apex full groups with 175 cranks for way cheap on there if you watch..I paid less than 550 shipped
I'm on it!! Thank you.
I hate that site, so much stuff, so little bank account.
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