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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 01-27-13, 02:03 PM   #1
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!^%$@**!!! Being big sometimes!

Not one bike shop within 75 miles of my house has a 61 snyapse or a 63 caad10 in stock...none seem to have ANY brand in my size....
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Don't be too hard on them. Floor inventory is expensive and times are tough. They have to balance customer convenience with profitability. Only the highest volume stores can afford to keep nearly every size of every bike in stock. If you need something unusually large or small, most stores will order it in for you with no obligation if it doesn't work out. Still way better than trying to find a bike that fits online.
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My bike had to be ordered. They were cagey about whether I was obligated to buy it if it didn't fit. The fitter was confident. I was fairly confident because I did not sign a contract or pay anything down. If you are on the ends of the Bell curve it is tough finding rides. Tough to find new to try out. Tough to find used.
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lol, yeah, tell me about it.

And I never found a single shop that would order no obligation. They cant send it back, and they just dont sell.

Unless you ride a 54-58...good luck finding a supply of bikes to try out.

I am going more and more to online, as my shop simply doesnt support me, yet expects me to support them. I have had them do two builds now and neither has gone well. Promises, missing dates, parts not put on correctly, bike returned sloppy or dirty...etc.

I personally am going to find a way to do all my own wrenching from this point forward. I am going to invest in whatever tools I need to do so.

I just got my new bike back last night from this shop and went to set it up today only to find the seatpost bolts so loose I could turn them with my hand, no allen wrench required...sloppy....tired of it.
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It really does suck! You want to test ride right then and there! And while LBS may order for you, you have to wait, and then if the bike doesn't work, you have to start all over again. Grrrrr. What are you riding now?
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My only bikes are a 1996 Mongoose Zero G mtn bike..my neighborhood bike and a Motobecane Ti fly team 29er...looking for first road bike...
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Don't be too hard on them. Floor inventory is expensive and times are tough. They have to balance customer convenience with profitability. Only the highest volume stores can afford to keep nearly every size of every bike in stock. If you need something unusually large or small, most stores will order it in for you with no obligation if it doesn't work out. Still way better than trying to find a bike that fits online.
Oh i totally realize that but with cities as big as bakersfield and fresno youd think thered be ONE somewhere!
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If necessary, come over the hill to the LA area. Wife and I were at In-Cycle last week looking at shoes. AMAZING how big their inventory is, and they have 4 shops. I know it's a trek (no pun intended), but I would think someone down here might have one. Can you call Cannondale and see if they can tell you a shop that has at least ordered one? Then you would know who to call at least.

Then, while you're down here, when you pick up the bike, you can ride GMR with us!

EDIT: I just looked at In-Cylce's website. They say the 63 CAAD10 is "usually in-store". Worth a call?
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Then, while you're down here, when you pick up the bike, you can ride GMR with us!
New bike, GMR? Ok, how about a nice trail ride on sgrt or sart?

Finding out your bike isn't set up correctly mechanically can be a bit scary descending GMR.

Yes, very few bucks for tools to do your own mechanics.

BBtool $20
cassette tool $10
chain whip (unless you make it yourself ) $15
cable cutter (borrow one from somebody who uses theirs once every couple of years like me. Other wise $40 or a dremmel tool sworks well.

Other than that, you probably got everything else in your tool box to build up and tear down a modern bike

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Fine - trail ride it is! As long as we get to ride!
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Not one bike shop within 75 miles of my house has a 61 snyapse or a 63 caad10 in stock...none seem to have ANY brand in my size....
Ask one of the shops if they sold one, maybe they have a friendly customer willing to let you try his/hers out. My shop actually did that for me once.
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You'll find no shortage of us who have experienced the same difficulties on this forum.

At least you know what you're looking for.

I really feel for the newb who doesn't know what they don't know. I've had multiple LBS staff attempt to sell me on 58's that they had in stock and "could make fit". I've usually started by stating, "o.k. Those are 175 cranks, right? Set the saddle to 890mm from BB and we'll start from there." They can't do it without a 400mm mtb seat post.

Anyhow. Best of luck with your search for test rides in the correct sizes. And, I encourage you to keep at it until you do find test rides. I thought I knew which MTB I wanted next and in what size. A demo day and riding several different bikes back to back convinced me that I was all wrong and competely changed my mind.

When you're big and have a limited market for flipping the disappointing purchase it pays to invest in your decission making process. Hence, you see a lot of brand loyalty from us big guys, once we find a geometry that works for us.
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special order it with the shop confirming that if it doesn't fit, they will order the next size. Make sure its in writing or you talk to the manager about it.
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I've bought 3 64cm frames in the past 5 years and bought them sight unseen. A few years back I got fitted on a Marinoni fit machine and made a drawing of the geometry.
Any frame that is close to the geometry will fit me.
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I had the same problem when I bought my 63cm CAAD10. I had to drive to Portland, Oregon. 100 miles away! It was worth it though. The right bike with the right fit helped me rack up some serious miles last year!
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I'm right there with you.

- Special order all my bikes, frames, bars, etc. because no one stocks anything bigger than a 59cm or a Lg MTB. Try to find 48cm road bars or 760 MTB bars in a shop.
- Good luck with clothes, too. (bike and street) I have to wear an XXL wool jersey for the length, but it's big everywhere else. On race day I cram into a Lg skinsuit, but it takes 2 guys and a shoehorn to zip it past my ribcage even though it fits fine everywhere else. I can't wear Diesel jeans because their meant for guys with no quads. I tried on a pair of 34s and I could barely get them past my knees. 36s hung at the waist and were still tight in the thighs. Screw you, fashion world. Have fun getting a dress shirt off-the-rack when you have a 38.5 sleeve and 47 chest, but a 17 neck and a 34 waist. Oh, and suits/sport coats... yeah, let's just head straight for the tailoring box. Let's not even get into casual shorts... There's the reason I started wearing a kilt.
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