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Old 12-30-05, 03:49 PM
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Hi There, this is my first post so I thought I would add what I do.

I have a 2003 Trek 1000 and it is all aluminum with a full sora drivetrain, I have approximately 3800 miles on it and the only problem I have had was that the rear wheel had a tendency to pop spokes whenever I leaned it into a corner, (weighing 260 pounds probably did not help matters).

But I got a Mavic CXP-30 to replace the original alex AT-450 rear wheel and that fixed my spoke popping problem. The only other expense was tires, I am still trying to find the perfect tire (I am leaning to the Specialized Roubaix Pro tire). I started to ride more seriusly since September and two months later I am down to 240 pounds, I hope to be under 200 pounds by the end of next summer.

For the money, I am very happy with the bike but I guess as far as metals are concerned steel might be a better choice but I like a flex free ride, and that how fast you can ride is more proportional to the fitness of the rider rather than having a lighter bike, I can normally cruise around 19 to 20 miles an hour for about one to two hours (head wind permitting).


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Old 12-30-05, 04:04 PM
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Hi there

I would like to join

Newbie, 6' 220lb ( I gained more than 60 lb within 5 years; )
Just got Bianchi 928 two month ago.
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Sometimes at rare moments I'll just be hitting the 200 pounds needed to "qualify as clydesdale", but mostly I'm slightly below it. Does make me wish hills didn't exist, just seem to struggle up them so much more than other people. As for drafting, well anybody can draft off me. But I just about need a wall of riders infront of me to get enough coverage for my frame.
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Old 01-02-06, 12:37 PM
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Add one more Clydesdale to the roll call: 5'9" & 255 lbs. the last time I was brave enough to look at the scale. That's up about 25 from a year ago, thanks largely ;-) to a cheap all-you-can-eat meal plan in the cafeteria where I work.

Only bike related problems associated with my heft: couple of broken spokes on the rear wheel of my '03 Specialized Allez Sport a few days before the 2004 Assault on Mt. Mitchell (fortunately, was able to get a new, stronger wheel built in time to still ride it); a broken spoke yesterday on the stock front wheel; a nearly last place finish in said 2004 AOMM, thanks to trying to lug all my weight up the mountain; and a dog bitten ankle last Friday, thanks to a mongrel that was faster than I can lug all my weight up the particular mountain I was inching up at the time.

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For what its worth I am 6'3" and weigh 235. I ride a full carbon Specialized Roubaix with the standard wheels that came with the bike with absolutely no problems yet.
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Originally Posted by Red is Faster!
Ocasionally I hear the sounds of my large chainring scrapeing the front deraileieur when I mash. Ah - it's good to be a clydesdale!
I was starting to think this was because my BB was cheap or something. Any way to fix this, guys?
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Old 01-04-06, 04:26 AM
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It begins! I've committed myself to riding. I finally got back on after three weeks out of the saddle today, due to having to leave my bike at school over break. I would've given a limb to ride; it was so boring! I rode for an hour or two and visited a couple bike shops in the area, took my bike in for its "one month tuneup". Thankfully they're used to having people like me come in two or three months after they buy it, so it was no problem. I finally picked up some road clothing: A pair of Sugoi Legwarmers (XL. wtf? skinny peoples' what.) and bought a Western Washington University Jersey (L) as well as a pair of armwarmers from another student. I managed all this for $72, $6 more than buying a WWU jersey from the LBS, so I'm quite happy. Next up: Shorts, a computer and then upgrading components (pedals first, probably). My birthday is in two weeks; hopefully Bellingham stays nice and dry-ish till then at least!
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Old 01-04-06, 06:28 PM
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Ah, well - unless I drop weight like a stone, I will be a clydesdale for a while. 6'1" 216 lbs. No really problems with bike except that on our tandem I can snap a chain anytime I want. I have to sort of easy into it or they just bust.

I probably will get down to about 190 to 185 I am thinking, not much less since I used to be a rock climber and now am getting into climbing trees. I just want the waist to go away.

Here in Costa Rica, the people run small, so I am not a clydesdale - I am Lurch or Herman Munster...
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Old 01-04-06, 11:02 PM
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clydesdale = beer wagon beast of burden. Anybody pull the Burley full of iced Budweiser for the clubies on a hot july century? Really, really cold beer...

BTW, vintage italian steel tubing with cinelli lugs and USA framebuilder = no worries for fatso.
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Old 01-05-06, 12:29 PM
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Seems that I've been on bicycles my whole life. Different shapes and sizes. But never a 'road bike'.

Very well intentioned brother-in-law (candidate) has a buddy selling a (nearly) never ridden OCR3. Pretty good buy. That would be my first road bike.

I tripped on this thread searching for information about OCRs. I hadn't considered my size. I don't want to worry about tearing up a $500 expenditure. (if I'm going to waste $500, I want a dandy hang-over and maybe a black-eye to go with it)

fyi, I'm 5'10" and 212. 37 years. A little chubb. Mostly legs and shoulders. I play hockey a couple/few times a week (depending on how many kids are sick). I ride an old Rock Hopper (Comp - purple and green - old LX group (I think) - I feel like I'm cheating on it.
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Old 01-05-06, 12:31 PM
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Forgot to ask questions:
* Is an OCR3 a bad idea for big people?
* If yes, can you suggest an alternative?
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Old 01-05-06, 10:46 PM
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Originally Posted by mikebmn33
Forgot to ask questions:
* Is an OCR3 a bad idea for big people?
* If yes, can you suggest an alternative?
You're not that big of a guy. You shouldn't have any problems with the OCR3
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Old 01-06-06, 12:08 AM
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Originally Posted by scarlr
For what its worth I am 6'3" and weigh 235. I ride a full carbon Specialized Roubaix with the standard wheels that came with the bike with absolutely no problems yet.
Same here. I'm down to about 210 now, but the Roubaix has given no problems at all with the stock wheels. Not sure how it will handle the Zipp 404s, but we will see...

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Old 01-06-06, 01:27 AM
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i fit into this category, i'm 6"3 and about 280. i ride a redline conquest pro, get me to and fro on my one way 8 miles commute, it's my first bike with drop bars, and it's nice, now i just need to switch over to clipless sometime.
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Old 01-06-06, 09:18 AM
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Just a quick question - how many of the big guys ride a Specialized Roubaix?

I'm going to buy a new bike in March and that's what I'm thinking about.
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Originally Posted by Panic
Just a quick question - how many of the big guys ride a Specialized Roubaix?

I'm going to buy a new bike in March and that's what I'm thinking about.
Go for it. Darn fine bike.

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Originally Posted by Panic
Just a quick question - how many of the big guys ride a Specialized Roubaix?

I'm going to buy a new bike in March and that's what I'm thinking about.
I've been very happy with my Roubaix. It is a very quiet ride and is much smoother than my old aluminum framed hybrid. The stock wheels are holding up great, even with a few direct hits from potholes. I would not hesitate to by a Roubaix again.
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Old 01-06-06, 05:09 PM
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Sounds like the Roubaix is going to be the one.

Thanks guys.
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Originally Posted by Panic
Just a quick question - how many of the big guys ride a Specialized Roubaix?

I'm going to buy a new bike in March and that's what I'm thinking about.

I just picked mine up about a week and a half ago. I have only used it on the trainer but tomorrow is it's first outdoor ride.


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Old 01-07-06, 04:38 AM
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I'm a newbie to Bike Forum and a newbie to the Clydesdale club, it seems. Am just on 200lbs now, following 3 weeks off riding recuperating from knee surgery and Xmas. Am probably a bit heavier than my usual fighting weight which is about 185lbs (85kg), aim to get down there again soon.

Anyway, I started a thread this morning (NZ time) about carbon vs alloy/composite frames ......I'm looking to upgrade and one LBS suggested that full carbon was no good for me as I was too heavy at 200lbs and I should get an alloy frame with carbon rear triangle, forks and steerer.

I have my heart set on a 2006 Scott CR1 SL .......any of the Clydesdale Club feel like giving any advice about carbon frames and us "solid guys"

I see earlier in the thread (way earlier!) that kevinmcdade from Texas is a Clydesdale and rides a 2005 Scott CR1 Pro - rock on, dude! You got any good advice about the carbon Scotts?
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Old 01-07-06, 08:37 PM
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Did someone ring???

Sounds like your LBS is trying to blow a little smoke up your arse. I ride a full carbon bike just like a lot of other clydesdales do. I have ridden mine when I was as heavy as 230 pounds (down to 207 now). Prior to my CR1 I had a Tarmac Pro and before that I had a carbon LOOK. The only one I had issues with was the LOOK but it was not one of the newer designs, it was one of their older bikes that was not so solid in the bottom bracket area.

I LOVE my CR1!!! If my bike was stolen or destroyed today I would replace it with another one just like it. It seems to do everything well. I don't really like to speak too much on any particular bike because everyone is different. What I like in a bike you may hate. When I sold my Tarmac, no one could understand why I made that decision to sell such a great bike...it just did not work for me.

All I can say about the CR1 is test ride one. The day I rode one, I bought one.

BTW...the Specialized Roubaix seems to be another top choice of carbon bikes for clydes.
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Well i am 32 5"11 203lbs up from 185 about a year ago. I hope to be loosing some weight over the winter. I ride a 2005 Trek 5000 full carbon and love it. I also ride a Bianchi Sass single speed off road. Not sure how to post pics of my bikes sorry. No problems with either bike.

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Old 01-08-06, 01:44 PM
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Originally Posted by MERTON
what's ya'lls experience with cranks?
I have experienced no problems with cranks. I am using the Truvativ Rouleur Carbon compact crank and it's the best upgrade that I have ever done to a bike. I have used Ultegra 9 and 10 cranks on several other bikes and have never had an issue with any of those either. On my beater bike I have Campy Daytona cranks and they are solid as well.

Are you having problems with any particular crankset?
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