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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 10-11-13, 12:05 PM   #1
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Tall Clydes on a CX bike?

Anyone looked into this? It looks like a CX bike, or a CX bike frame might make a good bike for a taller clyde. Long ETT, 'sturdy' frame, wider tyre options?

Have I missed it searching?
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Old 10-11-13, 12:30 PM   #2
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define "taller"

Personally I do ride a CX bike ... it's my commuter, and someday will be pressed into CX racing duty (still hoping for at least one race this fall).

But I'm only 6'3", which really isn't "tall" when it comes to this section (generally people asking about "tall" bikes here are looking for upwards of 63" frames).

My CX bike is a 59, my road bike is a 60
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Old 10-11-13, 01:26 PM   #3
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You don't need a CX bike for the reasons you noted, but they are certainly out there in larger sizes and can be done custom too.

Gunnar does customs in the crosshairs and fastlane models, as well as other models.

Surly has the Straggler coming out in 64cm as well and I'm sure there are others.

The main thing for a clyde to watch is tire pressure, considering rider weight and the volume of the tires. Air up before every ride, best advice and pay attention to wheel true and spoke tension maybe a bit more than most. Airing up will protect your wheels quite a lot though.

I'm 6'5" and was about 280, though down to about 260 now.
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define "taller"

Personally I do ride a CX bike ... it's my commuter, and someday will be pressed into CX racing duty (still hoping for at least one race this fall).

But I'm only 6'3", which really isn't "tall" when it comes to this section (generally people asking about "tall" bikes here are looking for upwards of 63" frames).

My CX bike is a 59, my road bike is a 60
Well, 6'7, with a 950mm cycling inseam as best as I can tell. Looks like there's a few CX bikes (Kona Jake, Major Jake) in 63cm, with a longer ETT than some 64cm frames.

I haven't had a roadbike in 20 years since my last one was stolen, and things ... have changed. I'd love to get an 'endurance' type geometry bike (hell -- I'd love a custom) and my brother in the UK is 'only' 6'3 and singing the praises of his Roubaix; but that doesn't come in 64cm any more. Something that's a bit more forgiving on chip and seal roads out here, stuff like that and suitable for someone who likes to do 20-30 miles (so nothing serious).
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The obvious suggestion is to call around and find an LBS that stocks a TALL bike ... but that may be easier said than done.

I'm sure there are some other "taller" clydes around here who can give you more ideas
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The obvious suggestion is to call around and find an LBS that stocks a TALL bike ... but that may be easier said than done.

I'm sure there are some other "taller" clydes around here who can give you more ideas
Yeah. "Stock", "tall bike" and "Albuquerque" don't really figure in the same sentence, it seems. I see you've a Jake, ill.clyde -- how do you like it? I had a 2001 Caldera, but the thing was 'only' a 21" frame; I still kinda miss my Kona, though it seems they've gone thru' some QC issues over the last decade!
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I've had mine for about four months now (got it on closeout for under $1K) ... commute on it two to four days a week (was off a couple of weeks due to illness) and overall I like it a lot.

Of course, I've made some changes. Swapped out stock pedals for Egg Beaters and MTB shoes. I've removed the stock bar tape and put Specialized Bar Phat on it. And I've banished the stock saddle, an absolute ass hatchet, probably the worst saddle I've ever ridden in terms of pain, and replaced it with a Specialized Phenom Comp Gel. Oh, I also swapped out the stock tires for Kenda Kwick Tendrils for some flat protection while riding urban roads/paths.

The only thing I really hope to change still is to go from an AL fork to a CF form to deaden some of that "road buzz" you get with AL forks.

Sounds like a lot, but really, I think most serious cyclists end up making most of the changes I've already made.

It's a nice bike, well-built, great components and very reliable so far.
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I like a CX frame because the BB is located higher, so you can put longer cranks on it, and still have cornering pedal clearance like a regular road frame.
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Well, 6'7, with a 950mm cycling inseam as best as I can tell. Looks like there's a few CX bikes (Kona Jake, Major Jake) in 63cm, with a longer ETT than some 64cm frames.

I haven't had a roadbike in 20 years since my last one was stolen, and things ... have changed. I'd love to get an 'endurance' type geometry bike (hell -- I'd love a custom) and my brother in the UK is 'only' 6'3 and singing the praises of his Roubaix; but that doesn't come in 64cm any more. Something that's a bit more forgiving on chip and seal roads out here, stuff like that and suitable for someone who likes to do 20-30 miles (so nothing serious).
Look at the Soma Double Cross. I used a size 60 with great results, It's also sold in a size 62cm. It's a very good riding general usage bike;

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I like a CX frame because the BB is located higher, so you can put longer cranks on it, and still have cornering pedal clearance like a regular road frame.
Good point. I was looking at the KHS FLite 747 for that reason.
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