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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 09-29-13, 12:34 AM   #1
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Built a new bike, addiction sucks.

I sold all my spare parts, frames and kids on ebay for financing of a new project. I got the touring bug and wanted a bike I could ride anywhere, gravel, touring, you name it. This is what I funded, 2013 Kona Rove frameset with tour gearing by way of Deore crank 26/38/48, 12-34 cassette and dura ace bar-end shifters, should be able to climb anything loaded down. I even put disc brakes on it, Hayes new mechanical cx-5, wanted be different from the peeps. Will ride it tomorrow, finished building tonight.

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Old 09-29-13, 06:27 AM   #2
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Looks sweet! Let us know how you like it.
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Admitting your addiction is the first step to......N+2!

Enjoy!
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Lookin' good, but we need better drive-side photos. Try riding it when loaded and see how that gearing works; you might consider a smaller chainring up front, something like a 24, maybe even a 22 (hills are a b!tch on a loaded bike)
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1--- Always remember... The first step toward recovery is being able to admit that you don't have a problem!
2--- It is nonetheless a good sign that you didn't say anything like "This is the last bike I'm ever going to buy/build." That one's #2 of The Thirteen Sure Warning Signs.

Enjoy the new ride! Few things make for a more joyous cycling occasion than a new bike!
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I took it on a short spin today, little climbing and in dirt, love it. I need to get used to bar-end shifters though. I have not ridden in a month so a little winded after 14 miles, later in week will be a longer ride.
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Don't worry about it! As long as you didn't drink or drug your money away, you're alright. Whenever you need moral support for your addiction, just come back here. You're in very good company!
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Old 09-29-13, 09:08 PM   #8
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Don't worry about it! As long as you didn't drink or drug your money away, you're alright. Whenever you need moral support for your addiction, just come back here. You're in very good company!
Well I don't know if that is good, you fellows are all enablers. lol
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Have you ordered your rack And panniers yet??
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Old 09-30-13, 02:21 AM   #10
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Have you ordered your rack And panniers yet??
No, I went over budget but got a couple more kids to sell. I do have a bob trailer to practice with weight.
I am lucky through this program at work though, Ortliebs 55% and Big Agness 40% off, already have a nice sleeping bag and cooking items.
I want a water filter but that can wait.
I am guessing March for a nice 1 week tour so have time.

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Where are you going to tour? Take the train up to Monterey and ride back on PCH.

Nice bike! Man, I was wishing I had disk brakes last night bombing down a very steep hill. I was going 45 mph with no pedaling on my part and pretty constant braking, thinking "Gee, I hope my tire doesn't blow".
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Where are you going to tour? Take the train up to Monterey and ride back on PCH.

Nice bike! Man, I was wishing I had disk brakes last night bombing down a very steep hill. I was going 45 mph with no pedaling on my part and pretty constant braking, thinking "Gee, I hope my tire doesn't blow".
I was thinking doing San Luis Obispo for a short tour. Think that will take a 3 or 4 day weekend.
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That would be excellent too. Have fun!
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Built a new bike, addiction sucks.

I really like that green!
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If you're feeling guilty,
Send the bike here.
I'll be sure to give it a good home.
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Sweet!! Great looking tourer that actually looks fun to ride!
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Nice bike! I wanted to check one of those out when I got my Vaya, but the only local Kona dealer didn't have anything like that in stock.

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You could pack your stuff in just that b.o.b. trailer, I've seen a number of guys touring with single-wheel trailers lately as an alternative to panniers.
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It all came down to what I could get on my ebay budget, the front-runners were Vaya, Ogre, LHT, Fargo and Sutra. This frame was a steal and identical to the Sutra.

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Nice bike! I wanted to check one of those out when I got my Vaya, but the only local Kona dealer didn't have anything like that in stock.



You could pack your stuff in just that b.o.b. trailer, I've seen a number of guys touring with single-wheel trailers lately as an alternative to panniers.
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I really like that green!
That is Seahawk lime, awesome color. lol
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Not to feed an addiction, but this is a GOOD addiction.

Anyway you've probably been here. http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/
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Yes, I know of the site, it made the addiction worse. This bike opens a whole new world, more exploring for me, keep me from getting bored. I studied that site and the touring thread here to come up with my build. Hopefully within next few weeks I can take train up to Ventura and ride back for a trial run.

QUOTE=Null66;16123420]Not to feed an addiction, but this is a GOOD addiction.

Anyway you've probably been here. http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/[/QUOTE]
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Also, truly awesome bike!

I just built up a disc LHT. I had serious braking issues on my Fuji Tourer. Loving the disc brakes, especially on the hills.
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How much are kids going for these days?
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My first one was a little broken, didn't get much. Will see how ebay plays out on the second one, going to keep the 3rd one. lol
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Good lookin bike. Why is the one below it locked up indoors?
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