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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 05-05-13, 05:27 PM   #1
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Just can't do it

Until recently my bikes have always been yard sale fix ups or saved from the scrap pile bikes. I have a surly long haul trucker now and a surly steamroller set up as a single speed. both are far better bikes than I have ever had. I have shed 3 of the 4 older bikes I had. the problem is the last old bike . I have an old raleigh C-30 hybrid I believe it is a first year of that model bike 1993 the thing looks rough I posted pictures on here and every one says it isn't worth working on . I had it looked at by a bike shop and they say it is solid bike. I have upgraded the shifters back wheel was replaced a few years back just before I quit riding new BB bearings and tires a couple years ago again no milage on them cromoly steel frame it is just a neat riding old bike that has carried me many miles
My intention was to sell it this spring I have did Craigslist listing twice just can't push the post button I don't need it, it is ugly as sin. But it still gets me places I have rode it about 30 miles in the past couple of months I just can't seem to want to sell what do you think ? sell or let it hang around
I post here because I am a clyde and the advococy and safety forum call me a troll when I suggest we as bikers should obey the law and act civlized
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Old 05-05-13, 05:47 PM   #2
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If it fits you, and it works, and its fun to ride, keep it.
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If you use it ... keep it. Especially if you enjoy riding it. Unlike traffic laws, there is no law saying we can only have X number of bicycles in our stable.
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Old 05-05-13, 06:28 PM   #4
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I have a garage full of old bikes, so I can relate. Though yours is in a bit rougher shape, it reminds me a bit of my mid 90s era Bianchi Advantage hybrid, which my son just rode yesterday. Nothing wrong with keeping an extra bike or two around. Maybe an out of town visitor will need to borrow it, or maybe you will just want a change of pace.
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Old 05-05-13, 06:51 PM   #5
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the only thing that looks real rough is the chain. If you like riding it keep it! If it starts to collect dust sell it to another clyde....
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Old 05-05-13, 07:16 PM   #6
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Stay out of A&S (aka Death and Destruction, or as I like to refer to it, AsSbabies). It's a loony bin.

I'd hang onto the Raleigh, too. Sometimes I enjoy riding a cruiser. I kept my old Specialized. If nothing else, it can be a loaner for guests visiting who want to take a MUP cruise.
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Old 05-05-13, 07:20 PM   #7
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I think you should completely disassemble that bike, throw all its useless parts away, and then powdercoat paint it! Upgrade all of the parts you replace, and get new wheels and tires! Next put some new fenders and a rack on it! Then keep it for yet, another decade!
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Old 05-05-13, 08:13 PM   #8
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Unless it's in your way constantly, keep it. You don't have to justify it. If you find someone willing and worthy, gift it.
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Not worth working on? Bull biscuits. Nothing wrong with those old steel bikes. I ride two Trek 700 series from that era (one set up as a gravel grinder and the other a flat bar touring) and am very happy with both. Both looked worse than that one when I started. Your bike needs some TLC (Please . . . soak that chain in some mineral spirits then lube it up good and level that seat) but there is no reason it can't be your Plan B, rainy day, friend wants to ride, "I just like old ratty bikes", bike.
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Not worth working on? Bull biscuits. Nothing wrong with those old steel bikes. I ride two Trek 700 series from that era (one set up as a gravel grinder and the other a flat bar touring) and am very happy with both. Both looked worse than that one when I started. Your bike needs some TLC (Please . . . soak that chain in some mineral spirits then lube it up good and level that seat) but there is no reason it can't be your Plan B, rainy day, friend wants to ride, "I just like old ratty bikes", bike.
+1 on all this plus get some real fenders - what the heck are those shorties doing on your bike? Get some that will do some good. But definitely keep the bike, it's quite pretty and it's fun to bomb around on beaters.
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Actually the chain is in better shape than it looks in the picture and the fenders came off an old sears 3 speed (puch) womans bike that I bought to for the the the sturmey archer rear wheel . I had a mens bike in the same model with a screwed up S.A. hub My freind stuck the fenders on my raleigh for fun and I just never got around to taking them off
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Old 05-31-13, 04:10 AM   #12
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Unless it's in your way constantly, keep it. You don't have to justify it. If you find someone willing and worthy, gift it.
Did this, I let a co-worker 30lbs heavier than me have it He was riding a bike shaped object from a big box store that he was working on all the time
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If you use it ... keep it. Especially if you enjoy riding it. Unlike traffic laws, there is no law saying we can only have X number of bicycles in our stable.
There is a law and it's a law of nature, N+1.

That would be a good bike to keep around for rides to the store or places where you would not like to have a nicer bike parked for hours, as a spare bike for company or a bike for when there is a problem with the primary ride.

I went to go riding with my newer bike last week but as I was walking it out the door I noticed that there was and funny feeling, my rim was warped and there was a broken spoke. I pulled out my other bike and went for a ride, fixed the spoke a couple of days later.
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and fix the saddle. It appears to be pointed toward the ground pretty hard.
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Did this, I let a co-worker 30lbs heavier than me have it He was riding a bike shaped object from a big box store that he was working on all the time
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There nothing wrong in having bikes. We have 15 between the two of us. Some get ridden regularly, others are back-up bikes, and others are future restoration projects. And we plan on getting more.

As to appearance, there is nothing wrong, either, with having a bike like that one. You should have seen the old MTB that I retrieved from a rubbish dump that served as my commuter bike for four or five years. It's gone back to the rubbish dump, but it served me very well, and always looked like it was on its last legs.

Fenders? They were put on there for fun, keep them on there for fun. They make the bike even quirkier, and we can't have enough quirky bikes out there.
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Maybe an out of town visitor will need to borrow it, or maybe you will just want a change of pace.
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If nothing else, it can be a loaner for guests visiting who want to take a MUP cruise.
You'd be surprised how many times I was asked if I had a spare bike when people stopped by, now that I do it isn't a big deal but before I would have to borrow my dad's bike which was a pain to pick-up.



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Not worth working on? Bull biscuits. Nothing wrong with those old steel bikes. I ride two Trek 700 series from that era (one set up as a gravel grinder and the other a flat bar touring) and am very happy with both. Both looked worse than that one when I started. Your bike needs some TLC (Please . . . soak that chain in some mineral spirits then lube it up good and level that seat) but there is no reason it can't be your Plan B, rainy day, friend wants to ride, "I just like old ratty bikes", bike.
I think I might have a BF crush on you Myo.....my wife thinks I am nuts since I ride an old Schwinn and Trek 800 and wouldn't want it any other way. I plan on this summer resurrection my dad's really old Schwinn something or other Varsity Deluxe I think) and just turning that into a cruiser. Might even make it a single speed.



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There is a law and it's a law of nature, N+1.

That would be a good bike to keep around for rides to the store or places where you would not like to have a nicer bike parked for hours, as a spare bike for company or a bike for when there is a problem with the primary ride.
OP, N+1 is more important than you know. Plus have a bike to ride to the LBS to pick up parts to repair you other bike(s) is also worth it.
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The only thing on that bike that I can see needs obvious work is the chain and some of the spokes. And they just might need a good cleaning to get rust off, and then a lube.
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isn't typical forum browsing and sharing so similar to "trolling"
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