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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 08-31-13, 02:38 PM   #1
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New 2014 Allez

I've been trying to decide between the Allez and the Secteur. Went to my LBS several times over the last few weeks and the Allez really spoke to me. I got a brand new one in red today and the guys at my LBS threw in a helmet and spare tube as well. Just did about 2.5 miles on it but it's 100 degrees out so I'll wait until tonight for a proper ride. It's fast. Got it for $699

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Old 08-31-13, 03:01 PM   #2
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Sharp! Ride the heck out of it.
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Old 08-31-13, 03:20 PM   #3
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Old 08-31-13, 03:47 PM   #4
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Good choice! You'll love it. I sure like mine.
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Old 08-31-13, 04:31 PM   #5
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Looks good,congrats! I looked at the same two bikes and bought the Secteur for my first road bike about 18 months ago, cause of the bit more relaxed geometry.
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Old 08-31-13, 05:42 PM   #6
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Beautiful ride.
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Old 08-31-13, 07:33 PM   #7
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Nice.. Enjoy it.
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Old 08-31-13, 08:10 PM   #8
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Red is a fast color.
And I believe you lose more weight riding an Allez.
Have fun.
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Old 08-31-13, 10:10 PM   #9
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Red is a fast color.
And I believe you lose more weight riding an Allez.
Have fun.
I'm probably gonna have to agree with you. I rode 12 miles on her tonight and 1) My quads and glutes got WAY more of a workout, and 2) My butt hurts. Gonna have to get used to that saddle.
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Old 08-31-13, 10:35 PM   #10
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Sweet rig n nice price too. Cheap enough for upgrades in the future.
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Looks great! I almost got an Allez when shopping for bike #2 a few years ago.

Now go ride the tires off of it.
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Being my first road bike, I'm getting used to the more aggressive stance little by little. Palms are a bit sore and I bought my first pair of riding shorts today which helped my sit bones a bit. I'm hoping that as the weight keeps coming off it will get more and more comfortable.
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try n point the nose of the saddle up a bit, you can use an app on your smart phone for angles. This should relief some of the gravity assisted force onto your hands and shoulders when you get into the longer rides.
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try n point the nose of the saddle up a bit, you can use an app on your smart phone for angles. This should relief some of the gravity assisted force onto your hands and shoulders when you get into the longer rides.
Thanks for the tip. I did up the nose angle some and I believe I've found the "sweet spot" on the saddle. My times and distances are going through the roof compared to my comfort bike. What a ride!
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Old 09-03-13, 07:15 AM   #16
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Wow, that's a beautiful bike - I love the 2014 paint job. And it sounds like you got a great deal. Enjoy.

RE: Hand pain - This may be obvious, but make sure you make a habit of moving your hands around to different positions as you ride. Use the drops for fast flats and down-hills, use the hoods for climbs or flats, and maybe the corners (just rear of the hoods) just to mix it up on straights.

Also, don't be afraid to adjust the angle of your handlebar. Try rotating it up or down, just a few degrees, and see what you think. Micro-adjustments can make a huge difference! If you carry a little folding tool, you can fine-tune mid-ride and dial it in.
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Old 09-03-13, 05:24 PM   #18
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Great bike, but it isn't a 2014 model.
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