Have bike, will travel
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Edwardsville, Illinois
Bikes: Colnago Nuova Mexico, Eddy Merckx Corsa Extra, Pinarello Gavia, Schwinn Paramount, Motobecane Grand Record, Peugeot PX10, Serotta Nova X, Simoncini Cyclocross Special, Origin8 monstercross, Pedal Force CG2 and CX2
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A good reason to lose 20 pounds
I've been slowly losing weight since I resumed cycling in 2007. I started near 240 pounds and started with a heavy commuter bike with touring wheels. Once I got under 225 pounds, I switched to a Cyclocross bike with 32 spoke Shimano/Mavic Open Pro wheelset.
A year ago I added a carbon fiber road bike and went with a solid set of 32 spoke Shimano 105/Velocity A23 wheels. I'm now down to 205 pounds.
I'm building a new carbon fiber Cyclocross bike and need another set of wheels. I've been very happy with the Shimano 105/Velocity A23 wheels and would really like to have them on the new Cyclocross bike with a set of 700x32 Vittoria Hyper Randonneuring tires.
I've been searching for a new wheelset for the road bike.
Yesterday I got a promotional email from Competitive Cyclist offering a set of 2011 HED Ardennes GP Clincher wheelset. These wheels will save about 500 grams (more a pound), while retaining the supple ride and good handling of the 23mm wide Velocity A23 rim.
I'm getting conflicting weight limit data from HED and Competitive Cyclist. Competitive Cyclist states a 190 pound weight limit for the 2011 HED Ardennes GP while HED states 210 pounds for the 2012 HED Ardennes GP.
Either way, I should lose the weight.
When I ride my bike I feel free and happy and strong. I'm liberated from the usual nonsense of day to day life. Solid, dependable, silent, my bike is my horse, my fighter jet, my island, my friend. Together we will conquer that hill and thereafter the world.