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Old 05-30-05, 03:57 PM   #1
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I'm 59, 245 lbs but determined to lose as much as I can and am finally back at biking.
I did three long distance rides in 2003 across Michigan but then, in a spill on a training ride, tore my rotator cuff and missed most of 2004.
Now I'm back and a lot of all this embarrasing extra weight is from not riding in the past 18 months.
I rode a Trek 1000 across the state in two rides but kept breaking spokes and having flats. Then I weighed about 210. I upped the psi and that only helped a bit. I think it's time to get a better bike and am looking for recommendations for something in the $1,000-1,200 range for road. Will I notice a difference? Is there a better bike for my size and plans to ride long distance?
I also have a Gary Fisher Tassajahara that I'm currently training on for the Michigander. I've had it since 1998, I think, but it seems pretty slow. It's in good shape, with maybe 2,000 mikes on it.
But my big question is.... is there a single bike that I can use for road touring AND trail rides like the Michigander, which rides back roads and converted rail-to-trail routes?
I never plan serious mountain biking but I do enjoy some sandy and gravel routes. Should I look for one bike or two?
I really want to hit training hard this summer and need all the advice I can get.

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Old 05-30-05, 04:26 PM   #2
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Look at cyclocross bikes. The Kona "Jake" line is popular as is the Salsa line.
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Old 05-30-05, 04:27 PM   #3
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I'm 59 and was 350 but now I'm on my way down. How?

I bought a used Schwinn Airdyne stationary bike to keep in shape on when
I can't ride or the weather's not good. The key for me is to stay as active as I
can so my A$$ doesn't grow huge again. I put 30 min everyday on the airdyne
come hell or high water. I missed a time or two and felt like crap the next day.
So give it a thought mate. The airdyne might be all the "new" bike you need to
be able to use the bikes you have.
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Old 05-30-05, 05:03 PM   #4
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Hey...at 245 lbs..... it's hard to blame the bike for broken spokes. By the time you factor in the weight of the bike and the weight of accessories on board...you might be talking 270 lbs or more.

Call a good wheel builder and discuss it with them. I'm sure they can build you a durable wheel set and your problems will be solved. I highly recommend the wheel builders at Erapro bike shop. try this link....

http://www.erapro.com/

They have some super wheel builders on staff there. When I consulted them once they were so technical on the subject that it seemed they were speaking a foreign language to me. I just think that your bike is fine....and a new custom wheel set will solve your problem at a cost much less than a new bike. Now if you have the dough to throw...then by all means.....go!

The cyclocross bike was a very good suggestion too.
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Old 05-30-05, 07:33 PM   #5
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I think that most of the time breaking spokes is a result of under-tensioned wheels (which most wheels are unless tuned by someone knowledgeable).

Peter John White built me bulletproof set of wheels for my Rivendell Atlantis a few years back. That bike weighed 90# fully loaded with camping gear, food, and water, and I weighed 230 at the time. I never had so much as a loose spoke on those wheels, let alone a broken one.

Have Peter build you some wheels... your wheel problems will be over:

http://www.peterwhitecycles.com

BTW, an Atlantis will handle all the stuff you are talking about doing. Peter can build you up one of those too, he's a dealer for them.

I've attached a picture of the one I had. What a wonderful bike that was!

Oops. Never mind about the Atlantis. The frame alone costs more than your budget. Sorry about that!
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Old 05-30-05, 08:11 PM   #6
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I'm 59 and was 350 but now I'm on my way down.
What? You're getting younger? Next year you'll be 58?
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Old 05-30-05, 08:21 PM   #7
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I just spent an hour and a half on Peter John White's site.
The Atlantis looks awesome and I was most impressed with the information he presented.
Not sure how long it takes to build one from scratch but he sure has what seems to be my perfect solution!
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When I did mine, I got the frame on a Friday night and rode the bike at 7AM the next morning.

Of course, I was pretty well prepared, had all the stuff I needed, but still it was the first time I ever built a bicycle up from a frame.

And as for Peter and his site... they don't get any better than Peter!

The cool thing about the Atlantis is that it really is designed to be an all-rounder. In fact, it's based on the Rivendell All-Rounder frame, but in a production model.

It allows you to run big tires (I had 700x38C Pasela Tourguards on mine), the steel frame is compliant and the ride is very comfy. The handlebars are high and the saddle is low, making it comfortable for long days in the saddle.
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Now I'm back and a lot of all this embarrasing extra weight is from not riding in the past 18 months.
Really?

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On the bike side, I did a Road ride last week, and there were several top end Hybrids on it. These were Specialised Cirrus bikes, but I am sure there are others that may be suitable. On the road these were pretty fast and although they may be a bit light weight for aggressive offroad, they will take smooth trails with just a change of tyres. On the wheel side, there is nothing better than getting a GOOD wheel builder to sort your wheels or get them to build a pair that is more suitable for your weight.
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Old 06-01-05, 10:55 AM   #11
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Look for a used or new 2003/4/5 Giant OCR touring. They have no trouble with the weight.
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I think that most of the time breaking spokes is a result of under-tensioned wheels (which most wheels are unless tuned by someone knowledgeable).

Peter John White built me bulletproof set of wheels for my Rivendell Atlantis a few years back. That bike weighed 90# fully loaded with camping gear, food, and water, and I weighed 230 at the time. I never had so much as a loose spoke on those wheels, let alone a broken one.

Have Peter build you some wheels... your wheel problems will be over:

http://www.peterwhitecycles.com

BTW, an Atlantis will handle all the stuff you are talking about doing. Peter can build you up one of those too, he's a dealer for them.

I've attached a picture of the one I had. What a wonderful bike that was!

Oops. Never mind about the Atlantis. The frame alone costs more than your budget. Sorry about that!
What a kick butt beautiful bike, mate. Your makin' me drool here........
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Old 06-01-05, 07:25 PM   #13
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What a kick butt beautiful bike, mate. Your makin' me drool here........
Me too! I sold it about five years ago. I wish I had it back. A LOT of my own work went into that bike. I built it up from the frame and all the mods (except the Peter White wheels) were done by me.
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