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Old 07-31-19, 03:51 PM
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Afternoon

Just sitting here sweating my ass off in AZ and stumbled across this forum while looking for answers to burning questions.

I'm 6-04 and 228 pounds. I could probably be 10 pounds lighter if I starved myself, but I love BBQ so that's not gonna happen.

I ride 3-5 days week, maybe 100-150 miles on a custom built 2002 Serotta Legend Ti with the original Campagnolo Record 10 (albeit several cassettes, chains, and wheel sets later).

My old ass, but awesome bike is part of what brought me here. I'm trying to decide between a pretty major component upgrade or whole bike replacement. Not really a replacement cause I'm never getting rid of the Serotta, but more of a new addition. (to which forum should I direct this discussion?)

Bikes for big guys have come a long way in the past 17 years so I'm hoping if I go that route there will be some input to be had here.
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Old 07-31-19, 07:34 PM
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Originally Posted by iflyskyhigh View Post
Just sitting here sweating my ass off in AZ and stumbled across this forum while looking for answers to burning questions.

I'm 6-04 and 228 pounds. I could probably be 10 pounds lighter if I starved myself, but I love BBQ so that's not gonna happen.

I ride 3-5 days week, maybe 100-150 miles on a custom built 2002 Serotta Legend Ti with the original Campagnolo Record 10 (albeit several cassettes, chains, and wheel sets later).

My old ass, but awesome bike is part of what brought me here. I'm trying to decide between a pretty major component upgrade or whole bike replacement. Not really a replacement cause I'm never getting rid of the Serotta, but more of a new addition. (to which forum should I direct this discussion?)

Bikes for big guys have come a long way in the past 17 years so I'm hoping if I go that route there will be some input to be had here.
Hi sky, welcome. And welcome to the others recently who found us and didn't get a proper welcome.

Your bike was built not far from where I live.

If you ride with decent form, that Serotta should be fine, even if it's got race wheels. I'm 6'1" now trending down toward 220 and have been riding a 2013 Trek Domane 5.2 for the past several years. This bike came with 24 spokes in the rear and 18 in the front and I put several thousand miles on paved rural roads before I built up another pair of wheels, mostly because I prefer tubulars. A large amount of that time I was actually pushing 240 nekkid. Throwing on all the winter gear needed for a Northeast winter I was probably well into 250 pounds. Did that many times.

Key will be (assuming proper frame fit which for you is probably 60" to 62") how you ride it. As I've said here before, ride light on it, meaning when you can't avoid bumps, get your arse up off the seat and make sure you're weight is centered fore-to-aft and on your pedals.

(The following may be known to you already, but I'm putting it here for others as well. I've built a lot of wheels including the all the ones I raced, toured and commuted on with 0 failures and very little tweaking once built).

Also make sure your spokes are evenly tensioned. If it were me, I'd first pluck each one like a guitar string and see if any seem way "out of tune" (Sheldon Brown has a page on musically tensioning a wheel). If you get a wide range of tones I'd loosen up each spoke till it separates from the nipple, swipe it with some grease and thread it back on a known number of turns (3 or 4). After you've done one revolution of the wheel (start at the valve opening so you remember where you started), then start turning them down a turn or two till you've made another rotation around the wheel, assess their tightness, and continue again a single turn to each and go on till you they're about right. At that point you can either use a spoke tension gauge, or go back to Sheldon's page for the musical notes you should be shooting for (remember the drive side spokes on the rear wheel are tighter than the non-drive side). Consistent spoke tension is critical to wheel strength. Once you've evened up the tension then start the actual truing. Since rims are not perfectly true to begin with, once you've then finished truing them you'll end up with some variation in tension, but at least you've started from even ground and the variations shouldn't be to radical. If you do find you need to overly tighten or loosen spokes, you should probably be looking to replace the rim.
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Old 08-01-19, 11:21 AM
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Wow, thanks for the introduction.

Tried to put a pic of the bike in, but it wouldn't let me till I have 10 posts.

Yes my Serotta is effectively a 63cm with a very traditional geometry. I built it when I was working at a bike shop while going through flight school back in the early 2000's. It's a Ti frame with carbon seat stays and fork.

I love the bike and will never get rid of it no matter what I do. It doesn't have the 53/39 on it anymore. I went with a Chorus 11 speed (which works fine with 10 speed by the way) 50/34 years ago. I sold the 53/39 record chainring, but now wish I'd have kept it so I'd have the set. For what I have no idea.

I do all my own wrenching, except for wheels. I don't have the tools needed, but may at some point.

I originally had mavic ksyrium sl's that lasted from when I put them on in 2002 till about 3-4 years ago. They were rebuilt a couple times, but where amazing wheels. 3-4 years ago I had a buddy build me some wheels with h plus son archetype rims and DT Swiss 350 hubs. They have been great wheels so far.

I think what I'm going to do for now is put a Chorus 12 speed group set on, along with a new bar and stem (still riding the original ITM bar and stem). I put a Selle SMP saddle on a couple months ago and love it. And with the relatively new wheels, it should be good for another 20 years.

Maybe I'll gave a new bike in the next few years to see what all the fuss is about.
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Old 08-03-19, 05:36 PM
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dk63 I'm new

Hello, I will be turning 63 this Sunday. I stand 5 foot 10 inches tall 330 pounds
I have not been on a petal bike since 1984; last bike was a 15 speed japan made racer that I rode while in Korea.
My question is more or less any recommendations on type or style of bikes.
Being short fat and bald has it set backs but even that can change.
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Old 08-20-19, 03:26 PM
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Can't remember if I did this when I joined, whenever that was, but here we go: 6'1/2", 280 lb. or thereabouts. I ride a twenty-year-old Specialized Crossroads city bike and a Nashbar no-name road bike, and have completed five RAGBRAIs, plus over half of two more, and a few centuries, plus the usual just farting around on the bike. (A local bike group has an annual ride called Tour de Taco that's a lot of fun.) Gets me out of the house and helps deal with the 'beetus.
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Old 08-20-19, 07:12 PM
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Nice meeting you Halloween Jack
Tour de Taco sounds good to me, after I get my wheel bearings straighten out and my leg strength up to speed, finding a ride group will be next on the list. So far so good I'm doing about 4 - 5 mile jots in the morning. Still working tune my bike a little more, still working on bar positioning I'm getting pain in my right thumb and palm area most likely artritise but what can I say I'am 63
Stay two up and safe
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Old 12-02-19, 08:54 PM
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My name is Andrew Smith, 5'9", 207 lbs. Did a lot of riding this past spring including a few over rides over 100k, all while above 200 lbs. Riding tapered off in the summer as it gets too hot for me and soccer season takes up my time. Trying to train now to do a 75k Gravel Race this coming spring, would like to get down to 190 or so by the end of April. Train-up and weight-down. I am a sprinter by build, mesomorph if you will - played football in highschool type, always played sports, but definitely have packed on a few lbs the past 1-2 years, mostly due to lack of time to train due to family and work and other priorities. Anyways, when I stepped on the scale in Sept and was up 210 I said something has to give.

Riding a 2014 Trek Madone 2.1, Shimano 105, Bontrager - great ride for the price and great value, got it barely used for $700 CAD several years ago. My Gravel bike is a Giant Anyroad Comax (2017), Shimano 105, Carbon composite frame, a good bike for the gravel roads on the outskirts of my City.

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Old 12-03-19, 08:42 AM
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My name is Chad - you probably couldn't guess that from my user name - and I'm a clyde. Right now I'm about 275 pounds. I grew up racing BMX and playing hockey. I played hockey for almost 30 years until injuries and life commitments made me hang up my skates. I started mountain biking in I think 2002. An old hockey injury to my shoulder meant that I couldn't do much on the trails. Just too painful going over roots, rocks, off small drops, etc. Even with full suspension. When I met my wife her father was pretty big into road riding and suggested I give it a try. My first ride was about 12 miles and I walked part of it. He had a Specialized Allez he was selling so I bought it from him. Within a year we were doing metric centuries together. I rode pretty regularly up until about 2014 when my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. When that happened I pretty much stopped doing everything else besides working and taking care of her and our son. Now that she has beaten it I'm getting back to riding. 2019 was my first full year back.I don't know how many miles I did total, but I did do several 50 and 60 mile rides and did my first century. For 2020 I have 3 centuries planned, several metrics, and I'm doing the bike portion of a half ironman triathlon. I'd love to get under 200 pounds but I don't know if that will happen. At the peak of my hockey career I was 220.

Riding a 2008 Specialized Tarmac right now, and have a couple other Allez and a couple Tricross as well.
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Old 12-25-19, 08:27 PM
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From 390 to 210

Hello to everyone, my name is J.J. and I am 63 years old. When I was in college I used to bike all the time and then life just happened, work, work, work, kids, kids, kids, etc. etc. etc. Well, my extremely bad eating habits and my lifestyle allowed me to balloon up to almost four hundred pounds when I retired at 59. While, technically, blood pressure, sugar, cholesterol and the rest of my blood work I was "healthy" Dr. told me because of my weight, I really was NOT! He told me to give up some things (mostly white food; potatoes, sugar, bread, pasta, rice, tortillas etc.) and I went ahead and proceeded to give up potatoes first, then bread etc. It took me a year and a half to lose a hundred pounds and as remarkable as that was I wanted more so I began riding a bicycle. It was tough at first, but I got into it, and began riding every day, first a couple of miles, then moved up to five miles in a couple of months, by half a year I was at ten miles and now I ride twenty miles a day. Have been cycling seriously now for three years. I currently weigh 210 pounds, my health is outstanding, my resting heartrate is 48, my blood pressure is still 120 over 70, but man, I feel so awesome! Of course, I feel I look amazing as well and just recently had a reunion with some friends from college, man they were in sad shape,, canes, walkers, strokes, amputations, etc. I feel so lucky!

Well, thats the short of it, but I just wanted to say hello to all and I look forward to reading and learning as much as I can from all of you. Happy Holidays!
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Old 02-11-20, 09:52 AM
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Howdy.

Nate here, returning rider. I started cycling in my mid 20s and stopped in my early 30s due to a back injury. Last year between PT and some creative fitting of my bike I started getting back out more. I finished the year with 1300 miles (started in April). Hoping to increase that by 50% or more this year. I'm in the Pacific northwest and try to ride year round. Currently averaging around 55 to 65 miles per week.
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Old 02-17-20, 06:33 PM
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Hi

Bobby here never really into riding until 1 month ago when I met a colleague of mine riding from home and riding twice a week. Started talking to him and now riding twice a week and just bought a used Ridley Hellium SL as my road bike. Also, have a Specialized FSR (2001) MTB

6'2 and 250 lbs but after 1 month and watching what I eat now 238. Riding twice a week and will increase my effort. Target is to get below 220lb. Currently averaging 25 miles a week.
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Old 03-02-20, 07:08 PM
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Wisconsin Clydesdale

Hi there. I am currently 277lbs down quite a few pounds from last year. I ride a Trek FX 7.2 with a Velocity Dyad rear wheel. I also have a Trek Farley 5 that I bought so I could commute all winter long. Love both of these bike and seriously considering adding a Trek 920 to the stable for some bike camping adventures this summer. I started commuting to work last October to loose some weight and fortunately I got addicted to cycling again.
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Old 03-03-20, 03:53 PM
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Hello, Name is Amir. Just turn 40 and looking to get into cycling. Picked up a new bike and plan to ride the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal before the year ends. Looking forward to learning all that I can and meeting some new people in the process.
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