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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 09-21-12, 11:16 AM   #1
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So Mrs. PhotoJoe surpised me last night

BE NICE!

She's been riding this:



So last night, she asked me to get her old steel Rockhopper down. OK. I pumped up the tires and we rode around the block. She was AMAZED at how "light" it was compared to her Trek 200. She was able to verbalize what she liked and didn't and compare it to her 200. Then, I offered for her to ride my Lynskey. She was hesitant, but took me up on it. I lowered the seat and off we went. She loved every part of the Lynskey other than the drop style bars. She wants flat bars...for now. She acknowledges that she wants a "transitional" bike to get her to a full road bike. One to build up her confidence. So, it looks like we'll be selling her 200 soon and I'm on the hunt for a FX, Rapid, etc. Looking for a full road bike, with flat bars. I'm bummed because there was a really nice FX 7.5 with disc brakes on CL here a few days ago. $300. Sold in a couple hours. UGH! That would have been perfect. Oh well, there will be others. I just love that she's wanting to advance, and it's all her idea.

Oh, she also wants to do our first tri next spring! LOVING THIS!!! She's down 30 lbs since April 15 and she's feeling great, which is fueling her desire to bump it up a notch! Did I mention I'm loving this?!
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Old 09-21-12, 11:43 AM   #2
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That's fantastic... I meant to comment the other day that I thought it was really awesome that you two go for rides in the AM. It's also fantastic that you're letting her feel her own way into cycling. Forcing her into something she doesn't want to do yet or isn't ready for is a sure way to kill her interest.

you know, using the flats on a drop bar is very similar to a flat bar bike...

Next thing you know we'll have another GMR rider.

(say, what's the deal with "sock puppets" in the user ban thread? I don't get it)
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PJ, Sweet! For a moment there I thought that you were going to announce the arrival of a BabyPJ.

TH, I think that a sock puppet is an "alter ego" for a banned member.
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Old 09-21-12, 12:10 PM   #4
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That's fantastic... I meant to comment the other day that I thought it was really awesome that you two go for rides in the AM. It's also fantastic that you're letting her feel her own way into cycling. Forcing her into something she doesn't want to do yet or isn't ready for is a sure way to kill her interest.

you know, using the flats on a drop bar is very similar to a flat bar bike...

Next thing you know we'll have another GMR rider.

(say, what's the deal with "sock puppets" in the user ban thread? I don't get it)
Yah, it's her idea or it doesn't fly. I don't push her into ANYTHING. Also, she again told me she has no desire to do GMR. I told her when she's ready, she just needs to tell me. I'll never push. However, I do suspect that she'll want to try it one day. Two weeks ago, she had ZERO desire to do a tri!

And yes, a sock puppet is a duplicate account. Not allowed here. People get banned then try to get back in with a different account. Or, an alter-ego so one account can pop off and get banned, while another plays by the rules.

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PJ, Sweet! For a moment there I thought that you were going to announce the arrival of a BabyPJ.

TH, I think that a sock puppet is an "alter ego" for a banned member.
NO MORE BABYPJ's!!!!! If so, it would be a miraculous event, as neither of us have the required plumbing anymore!
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neither of us have the required plumbing anymore!
I'm sure that makes your saddle a lot more comfortable.
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I'm sure that makes your saddle a lot more comfortable.
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I'm sure that makes your saddle a lot more comfortable.
I didn't say unich!
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Or eunuch for that matter.

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Good for you and PhotoJoan...see what I did there?

I am trying to get my wife into riding with me. I've got her looking at bikes now, but she doesn't want anything "serious" as she puts it. Maybe some type of cruiser or comfort bike. The deal is when we get her one the three of us, her my son and myself, we'll start out by riding around the neighborhood. Problem is my neighborhood is kind of hilly. Nothing major, but some nice inclines. So I'd like to get her something with gears. I would hate for her first ride around the mean streets of San Dimas to seem like work to her, and not fun.
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Plumbing jokes aside, I just went this road with my wife. It's a great feeling watch my wife's interest grow, as well as her abilities. This weekend will be her first try at a metric. I'm not sure if am more excited to see her do this then when I was starting out myself.
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I'm not sure if am more excited to see her do this then when I was starting out myself.
THIS for sure. Good luck. Have fun and a full report!

Have to admit, I was nervous she was going to like my Lynskey and I'd lose it!
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Hey, I noticed this thread got moved from the SoCal forum to here... did you do that or did one of the other mods relegate you?

Is your wife tall enough to steal your Tin bike?
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I posted in the wrong forum...so I moved it. Muhahahahah!!!!

She rode my Ti bike around the block last night, with the seat lowered. Yah, I was nervous.
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If she stole your bike you'd have to get a Helix...
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Oh, I like the way you think!
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I wish I could get the Mrs. to fall for that trick, but she really likes her half carbon and says she does not need another bike.
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Looks like we're going to ride some new bikes tomorrow. I think I'll take the Lynskey along just so she doesn't get jealous or insecure!
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PJ - that is so awesome for both of you. Mr. BG05 has less than zero desire to ride a bike. I'm ok with that if he is willing to come and get me like he did today when I had to cut my ride short due to having issues with the heat.

You are tall....is your wife tall enough that your Ti bike would actually fit her?

I have the 7.2 FX here is my .02 - my hands go numb on it quickly and the upright position in when it is windy is annoying. I use it for commuting and have put 28 tires on it (came with 32's). Don't get me wrong...I really like the FX for what it is...an all-purpose bike.

How about this....get her a drop bar bike and have a conversion done to flat bar for now and convert it back later?

A member in my group converted a 4.5 Madone to a flat bar bike

Would love to meet Mrs PJ some day....maybe she would be interested in riding some of the other Clyde/Athena rides we hope to do....
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How about this....get her a drop bar bike and have a conversion done to flat bar for now and convert it back later?

A member in my group converted a 4.5 Madone to a flat bar bike

Would love to meet Mrs PJ some day....maybe she would be interested in riding some of the other Clyde/Athena rides we hope to do....
From what I'm reading, the drop bar conversion can be expensive because of the new shifters, pull ratios, etc. Plus, we're not dropping too much on this "intermediate" step. I think it's cheaper to do a $600 hybrid, then to buy a road bike and convert it. I think there is a decent road bike in her future, but only when she's ready. Gives us time to save. Although, I will ask the shops about conversions tomorrow.

She may be interested in a SART ride, or maybe Tour de Alpacas. Less likely to do the ClydeTrak ride, but she may surprise me. I'm ordering her a jersey when the time comes. She has to fit in. She agreed, as long as I order hers in PINK!
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From what I'm reading, the drop bar conversion can be expensive because of the new shifters, pull ratios, etc. Plus, we're not dropping too much on this "intermediate" step. I think it's cheaper to do a $600 hybrid, then to buy a road bike and convert it. I think there is a decent road bike in her future, but only when she's ready. Gives us time to save.

She may be interested in a SART ride, or maybe Tour de Alpacas. Less likely to do the ClydeTrak ride, but she may surprise me. I'm ordering her a jersey when the time comes. She has to fit in. She agreed, as long as I order hers in PINK!
Yeah, that is the drawback of doing the conversion and agree your plan is really the better one.

I am glad I have the FX as it is a versatile ride. Tho I refuse to do distance rides on it due to the numbness issue.

I like PINK too. When my Madone is ready for the new cables and bar tape...I'm going PINK with at least the cables. Not sure of the bar tape too....but I like PINK plus it is my way of trying to support the fight against breast cancer as I lost my mom to one of the more rare and deadly types (Inflammatory Breast Cancer or IBC). I walked in the 3-day in San Diego in 2008 but right now I can't walk that far due to the hip/spine thing...but I can ride a bike...go figure.
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Looks like we're going to ride some new bikes tomorrow. I think I'll take the Lynskey along just so she doesn't get jealous or insecure!
Oooooh bike shopping!
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I am glad to hear that the Mrs. is starting to get the bug. I gotta recommend the Specialized Vita. My wife test rode about 5-7 bikes earlier this year and she said they all felt the same (including the Trek Fx). Then she tried the Specialized Sirrus, and loved it. After that I convinced her to try the Vita (the womens version of the Sirrus) and she was totally sold. Like you said it was the first time my wife was able to vocalize the differences between one bike and another.
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It could be that she didn't like the drop bars because the Lynskey just wasn't set up to fit her. Encourage her to try some WSD road bikes. She might not necessarily buy one in the end, but it could offer a rough idea of what a bike set up to fit her properly could feel like.
(Can't say enough about how much I love my Look 566. It wasn't WSD, but was easily fit to me with a shorter stem. Definitely look at this model. No, I don't work for them. )
The Rockhopper could be set up with lighter skinnier tires for the time being to be a flat bar bike.
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I have no problems riding distances of 10-100 miles on my flat bar, fat tire Trek 7.2fx. I agree with BG though about the upright position in the wind. It IS annoying! I have never ridden a drop bar bike to compare to though, so it appears I don't know what I'm not missing.

I hope you and the Mrs. have many happy long rides together.
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