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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 07-20-13, 10:42 AM   #1
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Anyone else ever have buyers remorse??

Well after buying a Cannondale Quick 4 and getting new wheels, bike computer and such put on I decided I hated the size and went up to a large. Now I get to pick up my new bike tomorrow and I cant stop thinking that I would rather have a road bike. I'm pretty sure for the type of riding I am going to do and the fact I am the weight of 2 ave guys added together the Quick will be a better bike for me at this time but I cant get over the fact that the Road bikes are ALOT better looking. I guess its not a forever purchase and I can always upgrade to a fast road bike once I drop off 60-100 lbs but I am still sitting here with buyers remorse.
I'm sure once I get out on the bike path I will be fine but this extra wait is killing me... Has anyone else had to wait a week or longer for your bike and have your mind start playing tricks on you?

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Drop the ounds and then trade in the Quick for the road bike that you want as a treat to yourself for losing all of that weight. That is my plan!
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In my experience, dropping 60-100 lbs is not exactly trivial, so let's be realistic.

If you have a big gut, road bikes may look good to you, but riding one is very different than looking at one. A hybrid like you've bought is far more comfortable, especially if you spend a little on the contact points, by which I mean saddle, shoes, pedals, bibs (far better than shorts for most clydes), and grips (I like Ergons).

It's easy to tell someone "get a used 1980's or 1990's MTB off Craigslist" but in reality if a person does not know what to look for (and what to avoid), in all likelihood, they will get screwed on a CL purchase and buy something dumb/too expensive/not well-maintained/not suitable and end up discouraged.

Relax, get the bike, and ride. A lot. Buy this book, there is a lot of good advice in it.
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Maybe at some point you'll appreciate having a road bike AND a hybrid. Put some racks on the hybrid and then you'll have a nice around-town bike to go with your road bike.

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I had buyer's remorse for NOT buying a Hybrid first. I bought a comfort cruiser first and should have known better. My internal drive to push myself made the comfort cruiser bothersome in about 200 miles. Now I have a Trek FX 7.2 and DS 8.3 and really enjoy them. Did a 30 mile ride on the FX today. I figure at some point I'll drop enough weight and want to ride greater distances and then a road bike will make sense. For now, I'm tearing up my local bike trail on my hybrids
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Haha, been there done that. Bought wife hybrid...buyers remorse hit, bought wife alu frame roadbike...buyers remorse hit, bought wife CF road bike....and she loves it. Thats how I ended up buying my wife three bikes in less than a year...
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I feel guilty spending the $$. It could go to the family vacation.
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There's many ways to figure out which part of cycling you enjoy most. I started at 5'7" and 252, holy belly batman, with a road bike. To reach the brakes I had to exhale. Three years, and 60lbs less, later I'm riding mostly in the drops with a flipped and slammed stem. Turns out I dig road bikes and group pace line rides but I had no way of knowing that when I started.

Had I bought a hybrid first I would have eventually bought a roadie. But, I would have bought a better road bike than I currently have and it would have fit better. So I can't just make a blanket statement that it was better for me to go straight to the roadie.

Just keep riding and having fun, you'll figure out where you want to fit in. Try some C group rides, can easily be done on the hybrid, and see if you like them. If so, a roadie may indeed be for you. If and when that time comes, you'll be better educated about bikes and make a better decision.
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I think most of us suffer from the "N + 1" syndrome and are always wanting "another" bike. I just finished getting a brand new Handsome Devil frameset built up, a project that took nearly two years of research, saving and buying components here and there. I've had it two months and I'm already itching for something different. What I would really like to be able to do is to test ride a Surly LHT with a flat handlebar and a Surly Ogre. Both have characteristics that appeal to me and one or both might be an ideal choice. I bought the Devil knowing it was an experiment in certain areas of frame geometry and I'm already itching to move on.
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Drop the pounds and then trade in the Quick for the road bike that you want as a treat to yourself for losing all of that weight. That is my plan!
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You've got a good bike coming. Ride the heck out of it. Wear some stuff out if you can, then replace what you wore out. Take notes on what you like and what you don't. Get a thousand miles on it, get caught in the rain, have some memorable rides, lose a bunch of weight. Then, down the line, save for, plan for, and finally get the exact bike that will be the exact fit for the new, slimmer you.

It's a good formula. That's what I did, and I'm glad I did. I wish you success!
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I have a Quick 4 and have put several thousand miles on it. I also have a couple of road bikes. I love them all and each has their purpose. Today I rode the Quick around the lake on the gravel road, looking at people's yards and thinking about how everyone's gardens are better tended than mine.

Enjoy the Quick.
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Old 07-20-13, 08:39 PM   #12
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Thank you everyone. I called the LBS and told them to make sure the stuff was on the Quick for me to pick up tomorrow. I will post a pic as soon as I figure out how
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My buddy just dropped 4k on a Trek and I am having remorse.
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My buddy just dropped 4k on a Trek and I am having remorse.
If only I had 4K to drop on a bike...oh, Jeeze!
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If only I had 4K to drop on a bike...oh, Jeeze!
I am getting ready to pick up an old Bianchi for $200. I learned that bikes are more bling than anything. Your physical ability will make it go fast.
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I bought an entry level hybrid for bike path riding, but soon after I found myself actually wanting to ride TO & FROM the trail (~10 miles) to save on gas. The bike is perfect on the bike path which is 80% unfinished stone dust. But the bike(or maybe it's the engine?) is really slow on the road, which is a 2 lane rural highway. It's ironic how I can average 17+mph on the path but only 13-14mph on the road[on flat surfaces], I'm not sure why...

I bought it for fitness and figured I'd be upgrading to a road bike in a year or two anyway, so I'm not really having any remorse on this purchase. At least when I'm ready for an upgrade, I would have a little more knowledge in what to look for in a new bike.

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^^only difference between bike paths and roads, the roads will likely change grades faster. I'm sure those slower MPH sections are shallow 1-2% grades.
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^^only difference between bike paths and roads, the roads will likely change grades faster. I'm sure those slower MPH sections are shallow 1-2% grades.
Correct, most of the road I ride on the way to the bike path contains a few rolling hills while the path is totally flat. I don't know if I would see much of a difference on a road bike compared to what I see on the Hybrid, perhaps the opposite (better on road vs path). When shopping for my next bike, I'm going to concentrate on trying to get speed and comfort instead of one vs the other, I often think about what could be different if I had shopped around further for a lighter hybrid... But the Detour works well for now.
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I don't know if I would see much of a difference on a road bike compared to what I see on the Hybrid
given same size tires on both roadie and hybrid, you should see and feel the difference. The roadie is a efficiency machine, the seat and head tube angles allow for more power transfer from your legs to the ground. The roadie does also offer comfort as there are 3-5 hand positions to cycle through oppose to 1 or 2 on the flat bar hybrid. This makes it easier to ride on lengths longer then 1 hr.

A roadie on a mellow fire road is just fine, just watch for deep patches of sand and cornering speeds. Might have to get used to the back end sliding a bit. Not the ideal tool for the job but doable w/o a flinch.
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