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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 02-07-14, 07:39 AM   #1
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NEW RIDE!!!!! What do you guys think?

So I have been looking all winter for a new ride. Finally pulled the triger on the following
2011 (I think) Ridley Compact
Sram Rival
Mavic Aksium wheels
upgraded carbon headset and seat post
person to person sale under $800

I researched what I could about the set up and felt comfortable with the deal. I am super exceited. Also I like that you dont see Ridleys all over the place.

About me: 6'3" 240 caught the cycling bug early 2013. started on a Trek 7.1. first real road bike.

Dare I ask? what is your 2 cents
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Old 02-07-14, 07:44 AM   #2
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full rival, Look Keo Carbons pedals(?) and has decent mavics. If it fits, go for it for $800 or less
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Old 02-07-14, 08:55 AM   #3
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COOL!

Hope you ride the wheels off!
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Old 02-07-14, 09:01 AM   #4
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Looks good to me. My first aluminum road bike was $700 new but that was with 8spd Sora Group and platform pedals. I had well over $1k in it after upgrades.
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Old 02-07-14, 09:26 AM   #5
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Personally the Ridley lines never cut it for me, but it does look sweet and if you'll ride it, well then, it is a great purchase!

I recently picked up a 99 Specialized Allez with the older 105 groupo on it. It isn't the newest stuff but I honestly like the lines of the bike and the overall look then the newer stuff. And I got it for a screaming deal.
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Old 02-07-14, 09:58 AM   #6
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Looks great. Your excitement makes me want to get out there and ride.

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Old 02-07-14, 10:04 AM   #7
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Well, that is a heck of a nice looking bike and Rival is good too - how does it ride?

What size frame is that? Looks like you have a pretty decent saddle to bar drop as it's set up now. The bike might be a hair small for you but it's easier to live with a bit small than a bit large.

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Awesome looking bike - it has stuff I don't understand ('cause I am ole skool) like compact double and SRAM components... remember its not about the bike but about the engine driving the machine... just get out there and enjoy the new stallion...
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Nice looking bike! I happen to like Ridleys (would love a CX bike from them), and they enjoy a great reputation. Nice job!
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Looks like you have a pretty decent saddle to bar drop as it's set up now.
Yeah. I'd make sure that seat post isn't raised past the line.
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Old 02-07-14, 12:18 PM   #11
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Between the spacer stack and the saddle height, that looks like it's a size smaller than needed.
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thanks for the feedback and the questions:
Size? XL - I have not sat on a ridley to see how it measures up to me, but the numbers tell me I will be in the range for a great fit. Also the previous owner was 6'5" so hence the stacked tube and extreme height on the post.
Ride? it is in route to me as we speak. these pics are of the bike at it's current home In Chicago.
Peddles and saddle not included in the deal. I will add my brooks imperial. I am going to upgrade from SPDs to SPD-SLs or Look (daddy gets a new pair of shoes)

first group rides scheduled for march 22 and April 5 (Tour De Charlotte (this one is a maybe) and Coastal Carolina in Oriental)
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Alright, so it was too small for him, not you. that's good to know!

I would check with the fork manufacturer and see if they have a limit on spacers. I think 30mm is usually the safe limit, not sure if you're under that or not.

Anyway, enjoy the heck out of your bike, it's a beauty.
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Nice bike, enjoy!
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