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 06-12-18, 01:03 PM
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Day 1 and Day 2 I had knee pain that I think was related to saddle height. Because of the pain in knee and it being only day 2 I decided to sweep to rest stop 3. I dealt with that on Day 3 AM but since I rode SAG bus from Rest Stop 3 day before, my bike was brought in on Truck. It got fouled up on the truck and sounded terrible all day 3. I stopped at bike tech at rest stop 2, 3 and 4 only to have the noise and shifting get worse not better. Dropped at bike tech in camp at end of day and next morning was purring like a kitten again. I found that staying in hotel is the way to go. The two nights I did that I was able to be on the bike ready to roll way earlier than the days I tented. Slept better too *(duh). I got a flat on day 4 a mile from lunch. Then again got flat on day 6 a couple miles from lunch. Found the staple but bike tech found a nasty cut in tire too. Bought replacement conti GP4000 and was rolling again. Those were my first two flats while out on road in 3 rides! Amazingly enough.
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Another few days with no biking. Hallo, Dayton. You better be better Than mouseland.
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Got a few miles in with a friend after work. Both of us needed a ride. Ate a few bugs, shared some laughs, and rode 12 miles https://www.strava.com/activities/1635057948/overview
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As some of you may know, LeCol, maker of extraordinarily expensive jerseys and bibs, has been "sponsoring" Some Strava challenges over the past 6 months or so. Complete the challenge (the most recent was ride 100 miles in the first 2 weeks of April, they had another that was ride a 5+ hour ride as well) and they send you a code for 50£ discount off of any 100£ purchase. Which make you say, hey, great! Then you remember that with the conversion rate, 50£ is like $80. And the "cheap" jerseys are 120£ ($162.) I dunno if I mentioned, but they're also in London, so shipping is a real thing-- 15£ ($20.50.) So I get my code, I look through the web catalog, and never pull the trigger.

Longer story shorter, LeCol sent me yet another e-mail because I've completed a handful of these challenges and never bought anything-- the most expensive jersey I've ever bought was about $50. This particular e-mail says they're offering a Soft Shell Gilet and Arm Warmer combo on sale, and eligible for the coupon (I assume because summer is approaching, lol) Usually 80£ + 35£ for the items respectively, they knocked it down as a combo to 100£ even, which came out (for me) to $85 after shipping, conversion rate, all that. I called it a Father's Day gift to myself. You know, for when I'll need it, in like 6 months. So maybe a reaaallllly early birthday present.

Well these LeCol guys don't mess around. They ship DHL Global Express, so my stuff was ordered Sunday night, shipped Monday, and I already have it. Let me tell you, this stuff is FANCY. The arm warmers feel amazing. I already own like 3 or 4 sets from PI, Sugoi, etc... and they might as well be old socks with the toes cut off compared to these. The fit is so good it's like they were tailored. I do have stick arms, so there's that. YRMV. The Gilet is more fancy than the warmers. It weighs nothing. the XL (I wear a large jersey) is the perfect length for me. I couldn't be more pleased. I don't think I'll be running out an buying any 120-150£ jerseys anytime soon-- partially because of the sticker shock, and mostly because ignorance is bliss and I don't want to find out what a $200 jersey feels like. What if I like it? That's how I ended up with my Cervelo in the first place.

Oh, also-- some Apple-level packaging. Even the box is fancy. Everything in the box is in it's own little LeCol bag. Both the gilet and warmers made in Italy. I do recommend.
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Nice, fancy Italian heritage bike, fancy London threads, fancy purple neon shoes. You're acquiring a taste for finer things. Do you have any Grey Poupon?

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Order some Assos bibs just so you can take 'em out of the box.

And that kookoocharoo penthouse or whatever they call it on the Cento bibs is sublime. I mean it's like you have a team of river nymphs gently cupping your equipment while out riding.
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Order some Assos bibs just so you can take 'em out of the box.

And that kookoocharoo penthouse or whatever they call it on the Cento bibs is sublime. I mean it's like you have a team of river nymphs gently cupping your equipment while out riding.
I'n not sure if I want to know how you know about (dream about?) River nymphs

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OTOH -- I do rather like my Specialized Tall Bibs. They're nice.
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Yeah, bibs that are $200+ on clearance? Y'all are high. I wear the cheapest goddamn PI bibs made, and regularly pick them up end-of-season/closeout for $40 a pop.

I have noticed a frequently-occurring inverse proportion with regards to annual miles vs. money spent on shorts. I know a dude that owns nothing but PI PRO Pursuit bibs, but clocks about 30 miles a week. Hasn't "toughened the leather," so to speak.
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Yeah, bibs that are $200+ on clearance? Y'all are high. I wear the cheapest goddamn PI bibs made, and regularly pick them up end-of-season/closeout for $40 a pop.

I have noticed a frequently-occurring inverse proportion with regards to annual miles vs. money spent on shorts. I know a dude that owns nothing but PI PRO Pursuit bibs, but clocks about 30 miles a week. Hasn't "toughened the leather," so to speak.

the "river nymphs" are worth the mark up and cultlike following


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the "river nymphs" are worth the mark up and cultlike following


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Yeah, because your capo bibs are so damn cheap.
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half the price as the Asso river nymphs...still not cheap but awesome for long days on the bike
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half the price as the Asso river nymphs...still not cheap but awesome for long days on the bike
Yeah, I only have one of those... because as much as I love them, $200 ON SALE is still crazy
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Ouch, Ouch, Ouch.... that's the sound one makes when combing tire sealant out of one's beard and moustache...... I made a mess of adding sealant to one of my tires.... but I got the job done, and my mess cleaned.
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That sounds awful!
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That sounds awful!
I've had a few sealant errors when mounting tubeless, but nothing quite THAT catastrophic. I'd ask for pics, or ideally video, but I am also hoping (for @dagray 's sake) that there is none.

Another few days off the bike; blew another spoke over the weekend so time to get that wheel rebuilt, and get a service done. Timing co-ordinates with heading over to Arkansas for a few days, so convenient.
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I've had a few sealant errors when mounting tubeless, but nothing quite THAT catastrophic. I'd ask for pics, or ideally video, but I am also hoping (for @dagray 's sake) that there is none.

Another few days off the bike; blew another spoke over the weekend so time to get that wheel rebuilt, and get a service done. Timing co-ordinates with heading over to Arkansas for a few days, so convenient.
No pictures or video... got the sealant over a t-shirt, a pair of sweat pants and in my beard and moustache.... all because I figured I could blow the sealant out of the tube and into the tire.... Thank goodness my wife wasn't home to see the mess.
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No pictures or video... got the sealant over a t-shirt, a pair of sweat pants and in my beard and moustache.... all because I figured I could blow the sealant out of the tube and into the tire.... Thank goodness my wife wasn't home to see the mess.
Well, you did get a good story out of the deal, so it wasn't a total loss .
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13 miles on the bike tonight https://www.strava.com/activities/1649722084 Now I don't know whether to have meatloaf or spaghetti for dinner.

Oh and no Cat Ass Trophies with tire sealant today either.
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running sucks, running in the mts at 5300 ft is even worse. Then walking miles at Universal studios the next day didn't help. Swollen calves for 3 days, I can walk better today. Maybe tomorrow I can touch one of my bikes
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running sucks
Coulda stopped there.
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Dammit. Bike still at LBS; they didn't get the stuff I knew I didn't have time to do done! Oh well; they'll do a better job than me and that poor thing has not had much love so a professional tuneup and recable is in order, not to mention getting the bloody wheel sorted out.

Luckily I'm knucking fackered from flying -- flight via ORD was massively delayed, so ended up going back from Arkansas to NM via San Francisco this morning (but that flight WAS at 7am, nit 6am, and did get some elliptical hell done in the, and have PT tomorrow. Almost released from PT, though, and the PT says I can run again in another year if I want...

Dunno what @jsigone is complaining about running at only 5,300', though. It's all over 5,000 here; have to go down to the river to even get that low!
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Coulda stopped there.
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I've always been curious about the saddles from fizik, according to owners, they seem to be very comfy... well I bit the bullet and ordered an aliante r3 open...
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I've always been curious about the saddles from fizik, according to owners, they seem to be very comfy... well I bit the bullet and ordered an aliante r3 open...
I own 2 of them, both different models, both are comfy for my bones. The Fizik Kurve is the best saddle EVER, though I broke the first one, the redesigned versions they added a layer of kevlar to help it be stronger under flex. No problems yet. This was the saddle I used for my 6day Cali tour from San Fran to LA
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